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Concerns over Philippine reinstitution of student military training plan

MANILA (UCAN): On May 20 the Lower House of the Philippine Congress approved a bill making the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programme mandatory for Grade 11 and 12 students.
The ROTC programme was made optional in 2002 following the killing of a student, Mark Welson Chua who exposed corruption in the scheme at the University of Santo Tomas.
Chua was allegedly killed by his superiors in March 2001 and his death sparked calls for the abolition of ROTC in schools.

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