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AFP to millennials: Join ROTC so you’ll know why retaking Marawi is harder than you think

Jun 14, 2017 @ 17:27

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is getting a lot of flak mostly from millennials for its failure to resolve the lingering crisis in Marawi City 23 days after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao.

But AFP Spokesperson Restituto Padilla shrugged of the nasty comments as borne out of the youth’s impatience and short attention span.

“Alam niyo po kasi ang ating kabataan ay mahilig sa mga mabibilis at instant na mga pangyayari. Doon ho gumagana ‘yung adrenaline nila. Eh sa mga bagay na ito, buhay po ang nakataya talaga. So kaunting pasensya lang at kailangan maintindihan niyo na kung ganito ang mga pangyayari ay kinakailangan maging maingat,” said Padilla in briefing in Malacanang.

Padilla said that aside from the well-executed plan of Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups to take control of commercial centers (with supermarkets filled with food and water supplies) and the jails (with its armory), they have also used human shields and secret tunnels to frustrate the soldiers on their heels.

He also admitted that soldiers were more familiar fighting in a jungle rather than urban terrain.

“So it will entail a bit of time before we clear every house of any armed element. So kaunting pasensya lang po pero nandiyan na po tayo. Nag-iingat po tayo na hindi pa makasakit sa iba kaya ang ating pagpasok sa sa loob-looban ng siyudad ng Marawi ay maingat, precisely because of those reasons,” said Padilla,

Padilla suggested that millennials take time off from their mobile phones and sign up for Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) so they would not just be keyboard warriors.
“Ang amin pong challenge, kung kayo po ay gusto talagang tumulong sa bansa, sumali kayo, mag-ROTC kayo nang ganap na maintindihan niyo at ma-develop ‘yung pagmamahal sa bansa at maging kasama sa Armed Forces sa future para nang sa ganon, ganap niyong maintindihan kung ano ‘yung nangyayari ngayon dito,” said Padilla.

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