By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Du30 speaks before the 121st anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Sangley Point, Cavite, Duterte. He laments the rampant corruption in government that he cannot solve. The President said that he cannot fulfill his promise to get rid of corruption even with 20 years as president because of the current constitution. He suggests to the public to look for another Marcos. Coincidentally, the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake promotes discipline by supporting Senator Many Pacquiao’s bill for the return of the ROTC. This happens during a boat collision in the West Philippine sea that involves China.
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In his independence Day message, Bongbong Marcos reminds to strengthen nationalism. Finding ways to serve the country is a highlight. One possibility is to bring back ROTC. Senator Manny Pacquiao already files the bill for this. The President also deems this urgent. He supports the efforts as he explains that the Reserve Officers Training Corps is not only a reserve for war but an exercise for discipline.
Senator Pacquiao’s bill paves the return of ROTC contrary to the disagreement of the opposition. It reminds the people of duty and honor, Marcos insists. National disasters can have trained individuals who have camaraderie, leadership, and courage. This is for the service of the country – not just for the war.
Peace Corps Discipline
Marcos also explains that the late President John F. Kennedy of America had the Peace Corps. This is the same as the ROTC. The training pushes an individual beyond his or her limit that can enhance self confidence. This is certainly one of the reasons why the youth during the Marcos time had more endurance and resilience in solving society’s problems.
Find Another Marcos
The President hints this; Find another Marcos. Or someday, somehow, somewhere that fellow will be elected in the generations to come, Du30 said. He speaks of his frustration in solving the corruption problems of the country. The constitution made it impossible to deliver on his promise, he explained.
The Opposition’s Outrage
Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros slams the President’s statement as an “unwelcome distraction.” The recent remark made by President Du30 about former President Ferdinand Marcos really creates a stir among his detractors. However, the loyalists hope that this is the Filipino’s hint on his move to give way to Marcos whom they believe as the real Vice President of the Philippines. Have some discipline, folks.