Military Conscription in the Philippines?

I’ve been reading a Manga about how an Emperor named Zheng unified China of Qin Dynasty and raised China under a single banner, it’s a bit ambitious but in modern times like today it’s called military conscription. It is a strategy used by countries long time ago to build large army ready to be deployed in times of war or when the need to protect the sovereignty of the state arises.

When we were having our communications module in the Philippine Military Academy, our instructor assigned us a task to come up with a topic that solves one of our country’s problem. In the Philippines, among many problems encountered by our Armed Forces are insurgents, freedom fighters, terrorist groups and other organizations alike.

So what I got in mind is formulating an army that could actually face these organizations head on without setting aside the others, one of which is Military Conscription.

 

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Military Conscription in the Philippines

 

First, it promotes National Unity and allows its citizens to learn and train together, creating that shared experience of having served in the military. Then there is also that general understanding of what it’s like to be in the military service, citizens are able to understand and develop appreciation for the sacrifices of what people in the Armed Forces do for their country and all of these can bring people together. And before they attack our country they will think first before doing so knowing that our nation is filled with volunteered military personnel.

Second, it can provide useful skills, many military who pursued their career in civilian workplace mentioned several other skills and work-related attitudes that help them well in their job. These include teamwork, responsibility, initiative, stress management and global awareness. Others also learned the habits of healthy living and discipline as well as the skills in self-Defense.

Third, Military Conscription promotes equality among citizens, in which nobody will be exempted from facing wars. Be they Celebrities, Business Tycoons or just ordinary people, they will be required to serve when the nation is facing war or in need of extra soldiers. It also promotes respect among the men and women in the military, because soldiers are trained thoroughly to respect freedom and values.

Fourth, if teenagers enlist in the military, they will be taught valuable lessons that will be useful to them later on in real life, but unfortunately, The ROTC or Reserved Officer Training Course was removed from the curriculum in College due to some hazing issues and maltreatment.

Apparently the Philippine Government is already deciding whether to pursue Military Conscription and bringing back ROTC as part of the curriculum, either be, the pros of having Military Conscription in the Philippines are heavier than the odds.

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Education that led to Rebellion

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When you heard the word Rebellion, What is the first thing that comes into your mind? Terrorism? Radicals? Or Extremists? During my early years in High School, when I heard the word Rebellion, it meant deliberately neglecting my parent’s guidance, but those thoughts changed when I ventured into college.

When I was in college, I then knew that Rebellion has its own degree and category based on an individual’s point of view or how these individual’s perceive the word Rebellion. A child’s manifestation of rebellion could mean not paying attention towards a child’s environment after being deprived of their want.

Second, in a teenage mindset, it could possibly lead them into skipping classes, walk out in the middle of conversation with their parents and worst if it led to drug addiction. And finally, in an adult/professional point of view, Rebellion could mean sedition, mutiny or movement against their own government.

However Rebellion doesn’t exist unless there is a cause or an objective why Rebellion takes place. Let’s not get into too much detail and let’s narrow our thoughts into Rebellion against a certain government. According to our Professor, there are two factors why Rebels exist. Rebellion based on Poverty and Rebellion based on Intellect.

Rebellion based on Poverty:

Individuals coming from poor family background are less fortunate to attend to school and avail privileges of a good quality of education. Once an individual are deprived from education, they see people with intellect more superior that them. Another thing is when these less educated individuals encounter such abusive people with intellect they are lured towards comfort and special benefits being promised by the latter and just being used for their own interests. In the Philippines, these less educated individuals are paid PHP 10,000 (217 USD) to die for these type of people. And I came into realization that I’d rather die with an empty stomach rather than to deprive my future kids with good education.

Rebellion based on Intellect:

I am just wondering how these militant leaders fight a government with highly sophisticated equipments from barren and remote areas. And when I read some articles about these leaders, I felt amazed yet sad about their background. Some of which are rich individuals who even possessed huge companies and had lived a life in luxury. Others even excel in school as top notch in their respective fields and some are even professors in various institutions. But why are these brilliant people capable of leading rebels and fight even their own government? It’s simply because they see some fault that ordinary citizens aren’t aware and one thing that bothers me are their ideology. When they see there is a better government organization than that of their own government which they reviewed thoroughly through knowledge acquisition and research they try to create a faction to force the government towards their ideology and belief.

That’s why education for me is like a sword with blades on both sides that could either lead you to positivity or otherwise. In support to these, education plays a vital role in our daily activities particularly in perceiving the norm. we might challenge it someday according to our own logical thinking and ideology. So before we judge these individuals, we have to understand first their background. What are they fighting for, their objectives as well as their belief.

Rather than facing them head-on and using violence, we should negotiate with them in a civil and educated manner.

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The flag bearers of Peace

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Violence, Terrorism, Kidnapping, Genocide and other sorts of chaos are happening in different parts of the world and there is only a little single dot of light that we see about peace. It’s not only that, it’s also hard to achieve even you dedicate your life in to it. Why? Because of divisions and conflicts that is caused by Power, Greed and self Interest.

Despite all these conflicts there are some individuals who are restless in promoting peace within their local and spreading it throughout the world.

One of them is our Movement Founder Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, Pime; he is the recipient of Goi Peace Award of 2013 along with other prominent and famous people who in their lifetime dedicate their lives and souls to attain peace through spiritual values.

It is stated that “the Goi Peace Foundation is dedicated to promoting world peace, transcending all boundaries of race, religion, or politics, with a belief that peace begins in the mind of each individual.”

Goi Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established in Tokyo, Japan in 1999. It strives “to promote values, wisdom and actions for creating a culture of peace and a new civilization.”

The Goi Peace Award “is awarded to individuals who made an outstanding contribution towards the realization in achieving peace and to live harmoniously with other living faiths”

Among the list of the recipients of the Awards was Bill Gates the Founder/Owner of Microsoft and President of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Movement was selected for the 2013 Goi Peace Award “for its timeless effort and work in promoting dialogue and peace among Muslims and Christians in the Philippines”

The letter announcing the award also said “Your efforts have not only advanced the process towards lasting peace in your communities, but have inspired many people around the world with your example  of true dialogue based on spiritual values.”

The award ceremony will take place during the 2013 Goi Peace Foundation Forum to be held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on November 27, 2013.

I am delighted and honoured to be part of the Movement even without the recognition or any acknowledgment we will still work for Peace, the Peace that starts within me and spread it throughout the entire World.

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