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Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi says no to mandatory military service

Jan 31, 2022 @ 10:03

Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi isn’t about to support a proposal to require mandatory military service.

In a Facebook post, Maliksi said the proposal was not right at this time.

He noted the statement of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza who said the Philippiines was not on war footing and that there was no need for a general mobilization of fighters.

“Kaya’t hindi natin maaaring ikumpara na nagagawa ito sa ibang bansa tulad ng South Korea, dahil may progresibong banta sa kanila,” he said on Facebook.

Maliksi also said there were other ways of instilling discipline than requiring the youth to serve in the armed forces.

He said discipline should begin at home.

Moreover, the country’s resources would be better spent elsewhere than military training, he said.

“Mayroon pang mas maraming problema sa bansa na higit nating kailangang tutukan at paglaanan ng pondo. Kabilang na rito ang pagpapalago ng sistema ng edukasyon sa ating bansa, pagbibigay ng oportunidad sa trabaho at pangkabuhayan sa mahihirap, pag-aayos ng health care facilities, pagbibigay ng sapat na sahod sa mga manggagawa, at pabahay sa mga kababayan nating walang disenteng tirahan,” he said.

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