Youth groups protest ROTC revival, lower criminal age threshold | Inquirer News

Youth groups protest ROTC revival, lower criminal age threshold

/ 04:31 PM February 04, 2019
ROTC

Members of youth groups staged a protest action outside the House of Representatives on Monday, against proposals to revive the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program and lower the  minimum age of criminal liability.  (Photo by Gabriel Pabico Lalu)

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Kabataan party-list and the youth wing of Gabriela party-list on Monday protested the proposal to lower the minimum age of criminal liability (MACR) and to revive the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.

The protesters, who staged a quick program outside the House of Representatives, stressed that the government should focus on providing basic social services such as education and not the reinstatement of mandatory ROTC for high school students, which they fear may spur militarization.

ADVERTISEMENT

The lower MACR and ROTC revival are being tackled by the 17th Congress, although the House has already passed House Bill 8858, which would amend R.A. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006 and bring down MACR from 15 to 12.

Last January 30, the House committee on basic education approved a bill seeking to revive ROTC for senior high school students. /gsg

FEATURED STORIES

READ: House OKs on final reading bill lowering age of criminal responsibility to 12

READ: House panel oks revival of mandatory ROTC for grades 11, 12

RELATED VIDEO

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: House of Representatives, MACR, minimum age of criminal liability, Philippine news updates, Reserved Officers Training Corps, ROTC
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.