SPEECH MANUSCRIPT OF C/CPT AMADEUZ VINCENT JOHN R CELESTIAL
FOR THE 2010 REGIONAL ROTC SPEECH CONTEST
Theme: “ROTC: How can it help in peace and development effort?”
Ladies and Gentlemen good afternoon.
I am not here to brag about what our government, what any administration or what our Armed Forces has done, so far, to achieve peace and development in the country. I would not throw you any unnecessary info nor will I be presenting to you thorough analysis of data based on comprehensive research. But, instead, I’m simply gonna tell you how ROTC has changed my views and how these views, in my own personal opinion, can help in our search for an ultimate peace and a satisfactory ...view middle of the document...
This leads us to the first step: Let us BE AWARE.
To know the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE.
WHO. We are Filipinos. Lovers of democracy. We rule this country. WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT and by legal mandate, it is OUR prime duty to serve and protect OUR PEOPLE, as well as safeguard our sovereignty and secure the integrity of our territories at all times.
WHAT. Peace and Development. Peace is the absence of violence, insensitivity, selfishness, discrimination, greed and all other personal stuff that hampers progress. Peace is present in a nation whose people mutually understand, respect and care for each other.
Development, on the other hand, is a measure of POSITIVE progress. It is an event causing CHANGE, the process of changing and becoming larger, stronger, more impressive, successful, and advanced. Both peace and development are words stated in our constitution’s preamble and IT IS ACHIEVABLE.
But, why bother to seek for peace and development? And why us? Simply because this is our HOME. This is where ALL our ancestors were born, raised and died and where ALL other generations (including our own generation) will continue to live. This is what our children and our children’s children will be left with. This quest. Seemingly UNFEASIBLE right? But we must persist.
The question now is HOW? WHEN? And WHERE? The answer is NOW, IN HERE, YOU the Answer is the Reserve Officers Training Corps! We are indeed privileged to become part of the ROTC, be recognized as reservists, and be honoured as citizen-soldiers who advocates for peace and democracy and not militarism and violence. ROTC has indeed opened a lot of avenues for us, one of them being the rare privilege of serving our motherland.
Inculcated with a tremendous amount of discipline, sense of responsibility, courage, love and loyalty to the country and, most important of all, FAITH IN GOD, we can conquer boundaries. All we have to do is to, jump to the second step, BELIEVE that we can.
With all the learning and the experiences we have gained through both academic and military training we have likewise gained power. And with power comes responsibility. Just as Spiderman would have not been a great hero had he not BELIEVED in himself. But let us remember that power does not mean violence, it does not necessitate conflict.
Openness, belief in our capabilities and the resilience of our spirits, accountability from our leaders and transparent governance: ALL THESE are the necessary ingredients towards genuine peace and development. As well as when every Filipino citizen becomes willing and...