Davao City Mayor and vice presidential aspirant Sara Duterte-Carpio said that if she becomes the vice president of the Philippines, she would push for mandatory military service for all Filipinos who reach the age of 18. 

Duterte-Carpio would use the Office of the Vice President to encourage the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines to pass a law based on her proposal.

“We see this in other countries like South Korea and Israel. It should not just be like ROTC [Reserved Officers’ Training Corps] where it’s just one subject or one weekend or a month in a year,” Duterte-Carpio said in a mix of English and Filipino at the Manila Virtual Caravan.

“Everyone, once you turn 18, once you reach 18 years old, you will be given a subsidy. You will be asked to serve our country under our Armed Forces of the Philippines,” she added.

In 2002, the said military training was made optional through the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001 (Republic Act No. 9163).

The mandatory military training was abolished after the killing of University of Santo Tomas sophomore cadet Mark Welson Chua in 2001 when he revealed the corruption in his school’s training program. Ronald Espartinez