The call for the abolition of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) has snowballed on Thursday with the launching of signature campaign in various campuses.
The campaign was triggered by the complaint of three student cadets of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), two of whom are female, who allegedly experienced hazing from the hands of ROTC officials.
PUP students also held a rally yesterday urging the university administration to
expedite its investigation.
An 18-year-old freshman alias “Sheena,” revealed to media how she and two other fellow cadets experienced hazing last month in the hands of two ROTC officials, both of whom were also students.
Sheena said they were made to squat, their palms were hit by half-inch wooden sticks and their thighs were hit by wooden rifles several times because they failed to attend a “briefing night.”
The incident revived the call for the total abolition of ROTC.
PUP student organizations immediately started a signature campaign yesterday that aims to gather 10,000 signatures to press for justice for the victims and call for the abolition of the ROTC program.
University of Santo Tomas (UST) student organizations and youth groups held a noontime protest also yesterday, calling also for the abolition of the ROTC.
The students recalled the death of UST student Mark Wilson Chua whose brutal murder ignited a nationwide campaign to abolish ROTC in 2001.