In a tweet on Wednesday, August 3, veteran actor Jaime Fabregas opposed the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in college.
Fabregas said even without ROTC–the children can still learn to love the country.
“Teach the children to love their country and you won’t need to send them to ROTC! They will defend HER with everything they have!!.”
Teach the children to love their country and you won’t need to send them to ROTC! They will defend HER with everything they have!!
— Jaime Fábregas (@fabre_jaime) August 3, 2022
Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte was the one who proposed to bring back ROTC and CAT in schools. Several lawmakers also agreed to this.
Meanwhile, self-proclaimed Queen SawsaweRRa RR Enriquez reacted to the statement of Fabregas.
Enriquez disagreed with Fabregas as she said that children should know how to fight to defend the country.
She said, “Excuse me Sir!! I agree with you by teaching children to love your country. But loving your country is not enough…If you don’t know how to fight, how can you defend your country??
“In the bible ang mga bata at the age of 12 (if I’m not mistaken tinuturuan na sila) And I believe even until now mandatory ‘yan sa Israel…
“If magkaroon ng giyera your love won’t defend you… And hindi porke’t walang gulo or walang giyera sa ngayon. Magpapaka-complacent na tayo.
“Gayahin natin ang langgam mentality… Nag-iimbak na sila ng pagkain habang wala pang bagyo. Para in times na dumating ang ulan or bagyo, handa sila.
“Hindi po tayo katulad ni Cardo (Dalisay) na hindi mamatay-matay… Ibahin po natin ang pelikula na madalas ginagawa n’yo na hindi kayo mamatay-matay…
“Pero love ko pa din po kayo and I respect you because you are a legendary. #QueenSawSaweRRa #SawSawWithAHeart.”
As of now, it is not clear if ROTC will be implemented in colleges. NSTP or National Service Training Program are currently done in colleges in lieo of ROTC.