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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How to choose the right Fraternity

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In behalf of thousands of fraternities and sororities around the world, I would like to share some experience on how to choose the right fraternity. There are hundreds and thousands of fraternities out there in locals and international. Fraternity in my country is synonymous to the word violence and why is that so? Because from time to time there are news about victims of hazing and frat wars, while I was in college one of my professors asked us,

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Why would you join a useless organization when you have friends?

Fraternity (or fraternal organization) is an organized society of men associated together in an environment of companionship and brotherhood; dedicated to the intellectual, physical, and social development of its members says Wikipedia. In my own experience we as members share a common bond, a single aspect in us that tells us we are connected to one another it may not be biological terms but in rituals, ceremonies and a bond that not any of my friends can give; a non-biological brotherhood ties to be precise and my normal friends can’t sustain that ties to me.

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Are you willing to suffer this painful physical and mental torture just to prove you are willing to join?

Honestly, it’s more on a mental torture and a psychological distress to someone who is on the process of pledge. In Philippines, there is a Republic Act 8049 about the Anti-Hazing law. In my point of view even though we have an Act regarding violence against this activity there are still among the members who can’t just simply follow the rules, some of their reasons are:

• We can’t just simply eradicate the tradition that was passed down from the oldest batch up to the present. (Are you serious?)

• The neophytes should also experience what we experienced before (I shall take revenge on you neophyte I will let you feel what I felt before).

• For them there is no essence in joining if this hazing isn’t functional.

• And lastly, they just want violence.

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Why are they inflicting pain in applicants where in fact they will be your co-brothers and sisters?

The main reason for this stupid activity is to just simply test a neophyte if he/she really is willing. (What a lame excuse that is)

But don’t you worry here are some few tips how to choose the right fraternity, and a great fraternity should be:

Understandable – in the sense of how it was founded and the purpose of its existence (not just any other gang on the street to which the sole purpose is to create chaos and public scandal in your local communities).

Active Listener – in the sense of if you have emergency at home or you are at school, a great fraternity would adjust to your needs rather than you adjust to the fraternity’s needs. (It’s them who needs you)

Humility – A great fraternity doesn’t step on other fraternity just to reach the top or utter boastful words just to attract neophytes but nothing in deeds and humility should get along well with respect, respect someone’s dignity and reputation.

Professional – A recognized fraternity National or International and a non-profit fraternity (not just any fraternity that ask money for this and that but is not visible and a questionable funding on where the money will be used), also a non-professional fraternity doesn’t give a value to education and they keep recruiting random members just have quantity not quality.

Friendship – The way a good fraternity acts in front of their recruits is to wear a good smile while orienting and conducting seminars before they enter the circle to develop friendship, not the ones who inflict random hits to them with the a negative intent. (That’s not just friendly you know)

Leadership – Not leading them go to the dark side, but rather lead them to success and as a better man. (While I was a Grand Chancellor in my time, we check their report cards at the end of the semester and we recognize their efforts and performance in school)

Service – Deliver a program of service to fellowmen. (Not within the circle of fraternity only) A great fraternity is to provide something useful to the nation as a fully participating citizen and not a rule violator, a fraternity that provide a program of service and not asking anything in return. (If you want something in return then look for a job that pays your service)

Standards – Qualities of a good fraternity that could withstand the test of time in which values are prioritized rather than personal interests.

I speak not in behalf of my Fraternity but rather in awareness of those teenagers who wants to be in a fraternity/sorority. I as well is a member of an International Service Fraternity, If I state here the name of my fraternity it would be a bias to others but rather be I would stay silent and I state facts here based on experience and not just random thoughts.

NOTE: It’s not necessary or obligation for a teenage to be in a fraternity. You, yes you, you should at least try to focus in your studies first or career, Fraternities/Organizations are just there. So until then, see you.

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