Duterte wants daily military drills to honor Rizal

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2019 06:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte. file

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military Friday to perform silent drills in front of the statue of Jose Rizal in Manila.

Duterte said he got the idea during a trip to China when he witnessed a silent drill exhibition before the flag-lowering ceremony.

"I want it done everyday, may magtingin man o wala. Do it for the country," he said during the awarding ceremony of the first Presidential Silent Drill competition.

"I want you to go to a sort of act to honor Rizal at ang ating bayan. Do it. And I order it everyday," he added.

Friday's competition, which was won by the Philippine Military Academy, aimed to rally support for the revival of the mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Duterte has repeatedly called for the revival of the mandatory ROTC program, saying it would prepare young Filipinos to defend the Philippines during wartime.

The President explained that the ROTC helps instill discipline, and respect for authority among the youth.

"Take it as part of life the training," the President said.

"When trouble comes, everyone of us can become heroes," he added.