Gor­don wants ROTC re­vived

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OLON­GAPO CITY— With China al­ready get­ting a foothold in Philip­pine ter­ri­to­ries in the dis­puted chain of is­lands in the South China Sea, Sen­a­tor Richard J. Gor­don re­it­er­ated anew his pro­posal to re­vive the Re­serve Of­fi­cers Train­ing Corps (ROTC) in prepa­ra­tion for any at­tacks.

“We are chal­lenged right now, and we should be pre­pared. I have been propos­ing the re­vival of the ROTC so that male cit­i­zens who are 18 years old will have mil­i­tary train­ing. They can be asked to give six months mil­i­tary ser­vice. In other coun­tries, cit­i­zens are even asked to give as long as two years,” Gor­don said dur­ing the Com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 77th Araw ng Kag­itin­gan and Philip­pine Vet­er­ans Week held at Fort Boni­fa­cio last Fri­day.

“Ang mga bata dapat marunong mag­sun­dalo. Dapat kaya ni­lang lum­a­ban para sa bayan kung kailan­gan (Our youth should know sol­dier­ing. They should be able to fight if nec­es­sary),” he added.

The sen­a­tor was the guest of honor and speaker at the said event. His fa­ther, for­mer Olon­gapo City Mayor James Leonard Ta­gle Gor­don, was given a post­hu­mous award as one of the he­roes of World War II. He was as­signed as a ju­nior of­fi­cer un­der the In­tel­li­gence Staff en­gaged in in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and mon­i­tor­ing the Prov­ince of Zam­bales. He had the rank of a first lieu­tenant and joined the re­sis­tance on Novem­ber 1, 1943.

Want­ing to foster pa­tri­o­tism and na­tion­al­ism among the youth, Gor­don filed, last year, Se­nate Bill No. 1417, or the Cit­i­zen Ser­vice Act of 2017 which pro­poses to re­quire all col­lege stu­dents and those of tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional

cour­ses to un­dergo ba­sic cit­i­zen ser­vice train­ing. Like­wise not­ing that the coun­try faces a buf­fet of dis­as­ters, both nat­u­ral and man-made, Gor­don stressed the im­por­tance of hav­ing an army of re­served of­fi­cers who could be called upon and mo­bi­lized to as­sist in mat­ters of ex­ter­nal and ter­ri­to­rial de­fense, in­ter­nal se­cu­rity and peace and or­der, and dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment.

— — Of­fice of Sen. Gor­don

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