Duterte vows to hike silent drill competition prize to at least P1 Million

  • President Rodrigo Duterte said he is looking at increasing the prize of the Presidential Silent Drill competition to at least a million pesos
  • Last year, the Philippine Military Academy took home P300,000 when they won first place
  • The competition was initiated in a bid to develop the “youth’s readiness for any eventuality”

President Rodrigo Duterte said he will increase the prize of the silent drill competition to at least P1 million by December.

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The President urged state troops to step up their daily exercises for the Presidential Silent Drill competition. Duterte said holding daily drills helps give the Filipinos a strong sense of security.

During his speech at the Presidential Security Group change of command ceremony at the Malacañang Park, Duterte encouraged the troops to continue doing good in their drills. “It gives our people a sense of security and proud to see the uniformity in the cadence when military drills do it. Gawin ninyo ‘yan,” he was quoted by ABS-CBN.

Duterte motivated them more by saying he will be increasing their prize and could even reach P3 million by December. “And the December finals would be 1 million. Baka dagdagan ko pa ng P2 million. Dagdagan ko pa ng P3 million,” he added.

Last December, the Philippine Military Academy took home P300,000 when they won the first Presidential Silent Drill competition.

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The contest was initiated by Duterte in a bid to boost support for the revival of the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. They want to develop the “youth’s readiness for any eventuality.”

Presidential Security Group chief Brig. Gen. Jose Niembra had earlier said, “Hopefully, this will awaken the interest of our people in our ROTC program.”

Duterte said ROTC will help everyone become heroes when trouble comes. “Take it as part of life training,” the President said.