Ex-Bayan Muna Rep. Casiño on ROTC revival: It just taught me how to follow orders like a robot.

Former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Teddy Casiño / photo from Rappler

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño is not convinced that mandatory Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program will instill discipline and patriotism to senior high school students.

In a twitter post, Casiño said that he only learned how to follow orders like a robot when he underwent military training in school.

“Two years of ROTC did not instill in me any sense of patriotism, service or discipline. It just taught me how to follow orders like a robot. Not something I would want my kids to go through,” he wrote.

The House of Representative earlier passed on third and final reading the bill reviving mandatory military training for senior high school students in the country.

The Lower Chamber passed the bill after 167 affirmative and 4 negative votes.

However, even if the bill is passed by Congress, there is little likelihood it will be implemented in the coming school year, says Majority Leader and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro.

Exempted from undergoing the mandatory ROTC course are students who are physically and psychologically unfit, athletic scholars chosen to represent the school in sports competitions, and those with other valid reasons as approved by the Department of National Defense.

Some lawmakers believe that reinforcement of ROTC is vital among the youth in order to inculcate in them the “spirit of nationalism, nation-building and national preparedness.”

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  1. How can you have patriotism because you are indoctrinated in communism.? You're one of the robots of the Godless CPP NPA NDF of Joma Sison.😠

  2. Give them real guns to practice with, not silly tree stumps to march around with in the heat of the sun.