Duterte certifies as urgent bill on mandatory ROTC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent the bill requiring a mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps program for grades 11 and 12 students in public and private schools nationwide.

In a letter addressed to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Monday, Duterte called for the immediate enactment of the proposed measure.

The directive was issued just four days before the 17th Congress officially adjourns on June 7.

The mandatory ROTC program, according to the document, will “restore basic military and leadership trainings for the youth in order to invigorate their sense of nationalism and patriotism.”

Under the measure, ROTC will be a requirement for graduation for all students in both public and private high schools.

Those physically or psychologically unfit or are part of the school's varsity team are exempted from mandatory ROTC training. Students who are undergoing a similar military training or those who get an exemption from the Department of National Defense will also be exempted.

This is a developing story.