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Philippine students fear 'campus militarization'

Marcos says mandatory reserve training should resume to protect against China

Philippine troops fire a truck-mounted howitzer during the largest-ever joint military exercises with U.S. forces, in Capas, Tarlac province, northern Philippines, on April 14.   © AP

MANILA -- As the academic year winds down in the Philippines and university students elect their representatives for next year, the hottest topic of debate on campuses is the possible return of mandatory military training.

Nathan Agustin, the sitting student council president at the University of Santo Tomas, says any candidate who indicates support for the reinstitution of drills, called Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), faces a backlash from their fellow students.

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