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 Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not sold to the proposal of presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to make military service mandatory for Filipinos.

 Lorenzana said the proposal is not only hard to implement.

The country is also not on “war footing,” Lorenzana said.

Earlier. Sara who is running for vice president in the May polls, said that if she wins she will ask Congress to pass a law making military service mandatory  for all Filipinos once they turn 18 years old. 

Lorenzana said Implementing mandatory service would require additional funds.

“Training camps would need to be established all over the land, and manpower and funds must be allocated to accommodate the millions who will reach the age of 18 every year,” the defense secretary said.

Lorenzana said the existing Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program mandatory is still the “better alternative.” 

“We in the DND support the mandatory military service of 18-year-old Filipinos… The implementation of mandatory ROTC in private and public schools is the better alternative,” Lorenzana said.

AFP BACKS SARA on mandatory military service for Filipinos

Mandatory military service to help build strong Philippines

The implementation of mandatory military service for Filipinos will help instill patriotism among citizens and help them contribute to nation-building efforts, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Thursday.

LT. COL. MAYOR INDAY. Mayor Sara Duterte earning the promotion in the Army Reserve Corps during a simple ceremonylast year at City Hall presided by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, left, and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Ricardo David Jr. BERT TOMAS

“We welcome the proposal as this is attuned to the times while the government is faced with adversities and challenges, aligned with our aspirations for the citizenry to contribute to nation-building,” AFP spokesperson, Col. Ramon Zagala, said in a message to reporters.

This is in support of the call of vice presidential bet, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, for mandatory military service for all Filipinos upon turning 18, Zagala said in a report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA).