Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday said she would push for mandatory military service for all male and female Filipino citizens who will reach 18 years old should she get elected as the next vice president.
“I will use my office, the Office of the Vice President, to ask the House of Representatives and Senate of the Philippines to make military service for all 18 years old, male and female, mandatory in our country,” Duterte-Carpio said during the virtual caravan with her presidential running mate, Bongbong Marcos.
Duterte pointed out that countries like South Korea and Israel have obligatory military training.
“The military service should not be like the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) that is just one school subject, which will be undertaken for one weekend or for one month in one year,” Duterte added.
“Everyone who will turn 18 years old should be given a subsidy. Everyone should be asked to serve the country in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” she noted.
Duterte responded to a question of a supporter on how she intends to involve the youth in her administration as vice president.
She said she would also push for programs that would address teenage pregnancy.
“Teenage pregnancy rate is very high in the country. This could be the result of Filipino families being unable to discuss such a topic or because a Filipino family is conservative in nature,” she noted.