Some senators say ‘urgent’ mandatory ROTC bill won’t be passed soon

Some senators say ‘urgent’ mandatory ROTC bill won’t be passed soon

- Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent the bill requiring ROTC in senior high school

- However, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri said that they won’t be able to pass the bill in 17th Congress

- Senate President Tito Sotto noted there are time constraints in passing the bill

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The senators admitted that they will not be able to pass the bill seeking to make Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory in senior high school.

KAMI learned that the senators cited time constraints as the reason.

As reported by the GMA News (Amita Legaspi), the Senate Bill 2232 or the Senior High School Reserve Officers Training Corps Act will no longer be passed in the 17th Congress despite the fact that President Rodrigo Duterte certified the measure as “urgent.”

“I know we are in receipt of several bills certified as priority. Three of them in particular are the amendments to the Public Services Act, the Foreign Investments Act, and the ROTC. These measures would take a lot of hours of debate,” Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon agreed with Zubiri. Meanwhile, Senate President Tito Sotto said that even if they are able to pass the bill, there will be not enough time for the bicameral conference committee to convene.

In another report by the GMA News, President Duterte certified the bill as urgent on Sunday. Meaning, the Congress can skip the three-day rule that can allow the lawmakers to pass the bill on third reading after passing the second reading.

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