Call to abolish ROTC resurfaces after viral hazing video

Image by NUSP via Facebook
  • The call for the abolition of the ROTC resurfaces after an alleged hazing video went viral
  • Facebook user Jamella Ferrer uploaded the video where a man in a ROTC uniform was being hit by another man in a civilian clothing
  • The students involved are from the University of Mindanao in Tagum City

MANILA – The call to abolish Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) has surfaced again after an alleged hazing video of cadets stormed social media sites.

The video uploaded by Facebook user Jamella Ferrer shows a man in a ROTC uniform being hit on the chest by another man in civilian clothing. The man continues to hit the presumptively ROTC cadet until the latter falls. There were other officers doing the same thing to cadets on the video.

Ferrer wrote, “Grabe I was so upset nung nakita ko etong video nato UM TAGUM pa naman! Grabe sa mga CRIM OI!!! Ana diay mo modisplina? Ge video pajud para asa? Masikat mo? Hawod mo?” [I became extremely upset when I saw this video. Especially its from UM TAGUM. These CRIM are extreme!!! Is this how you discipline? You even took a video of it for what? So you’d become popular? Are you proud?]

According to Anthony Taberna’s video report on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, the University of Mindanao (UM) administration has confirmed that those involved were criminology students of UM-Tagum City campus in Davao del Norte.

School owner Guillermo Torres said that based from the initial investigation, the incident happened in October 2015. He promised that the perpetrators will face disciplinary action and will be expelled from the university once proven guilty.

Meanwhile, Col. Lyndon Paniza, Regional Community Defense Group 11 commander, said the incident is a violation and can be considered a hazing.

In a statement, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) reiterated their firm stand to abolish the ROTC, which they described as “violence-and-fascist-driven”, in every university and college in the country. NUSP added the ROTC has grasped the practices of military forces in institutionalizing violence among the ranks of its cadets. It claimed the ROTC has been using its officers and cadets to harass and spy on progressive student leaders.

In 2001, the mandatory ROTC program was abolished following the death of University of Santo Tomas student, Mark Welson Chua, who exposed the corruption in the ROTC unit of the university. Chua’s body wrapped in a carpet was found in the Pasig River on March 18, 2001, Cecille Suerte Felipe wrote on PhilStar. His face was covered with masking tape while his hands were tied. He was believed to be killed by ROTC officers from the university following his expose.

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