Echoing Maza, Cristina Palabay, president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines, said that since the DND remains the over-all coordinator of the programs, the authority is delegated to the school commandant, who also oversees the military service program.
opined that this is one of the reasons why the DND
is "insistent" on maintaining ROTC units in schools because of the information provided by these spy networks.She
said that students and leaders from student councils, publications, and organizations are "being invited" to become part of SIN, and offered cash and other material gifts, in exchange for information.
"We may have all the semblance of democratic space, but when you go to the schools and tell a student, 'You are free to talk about the corruption in ROTC,' they won't tell you," Palabay
said, pointing to the risks involved in reporting such irregularities.
The clamor for the abolition of ROTC was triggered by the murder in March of University of Sto