Wednesday, January 26, 2022


The Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) strongly supports the proposal of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to implement a mandatory military service among 18-year-old Filipino youth.

We believe that the role of our youth in the peace, development, and stability of our country is vital given the current security situation both internal and external. Aside from modernized assets, we need more forces to keep up with the demands of our defense sector, not only in times of conflict but also during natural disasters.

In other countries, the youth aged 18 or above have to serve their armed forces mandatorily for 2 years.

If the proposal will push-through, we will have a massive human resource that can readily respond for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response operations.

Aside from this, we believe that the proposal will instill discipline, develop leadership, and nurture patriotism among the young members of our society, which are necessary to be acquired by our next leaders. In fact, some of our great Presidents and national leaders in the past have also served in the armed forces during their youth before they took the helm of the highest seat in our government and other national positions.

Most importantly, the proposal will spare and deny our youth from the indoctrination and recruitment of organizations which have links to the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), violent extremist organizations, and other lawless elements.

The communist-terrorists and other notorious groups take advantage of the vulnerabilities and idealism of our youth especially students and Indigenous Peoples (IP) to lure them in joining their lawless and criminal activities.

Above all, the mandatory military service will create a generation of law-abiding and patriotic citizens that will contribute to the National Vision 2040: Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay for all Filipinos.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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