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Senate Bill 1731
« on: March 08, 2018, 06:31:01 PM »
"An Act Establishing the Philippine Marine Corps, Defining its Powers and Functions, and
Appropriating Funds Therefor, And For Other Purposes"

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Marines to have better representation as independent service
April 3, 2018

MANILA -- Once the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) is formally transformed into an independent service, it will have more representation in higher military headquarters and clout in the acquisition of modern equipment.

This was emphasized by PMC Commandant Major Gen. Alvin Parreņo said in an interview with PTV-4 Monday.

"Number 1 is the representation to higher headquarters. Number 2, is the (acquisition) of equipment in modernization, those are the first concerns namin kasi the people in the front line(s) are in need of those equipment," he said when asked on the possible advantages on the turning the PMC into an independent service.

Parreņo also reiterated that he strongly supports calls to make the Marines an independent service as this is the sentiment of the officers and enlisted personnel under him.

"Definitely we are in favor and (this is) the clamor of every Marine deployed in many areas and I as their representative, it is my duty to express kung anuman ang (whatever) sentiment ng mga tao (of the people) under me," he added.

Ties with Navy to remain even if Marines become independent arm
April 2, 2018

MANILA -- Despite proposals to make the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) an independent military branch, its ties with its mother unit Philippine Navy (PN) will remain.

"The PMC is always tied up with the PN, although it maybe it might become a separate branch of service but we will see to it that the umbilical cord is always there," PMC commandant Major Gen. Alvin Parreņo said in an interview with PTV-4 Monday.

Earlier, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariņas filed a bill seeking to institutionalize the PMC as a distinct and autonomous arm of the military.

"We are amphibious in nature, we will be coming from the sea. We know that the sea is not an obstacle, but is a maneuver space for us so it's a different perception on our part when we are on the sea and we will develop some more in terms of doctrine, culture and many other things that pertains to the PMC," Parreņo added.

The PMC head also expressed his gratitude to supporters of proposals to transform the Marines into an separate and independent service.

"Marami kaming nababasa sa mga Facebook na they are really supporting us at nakakataba ng puso yun (We saw on Facebook that many are really supporting us and it's really heartwarming). Pero gaya nga ng sinabi namin (But as we always say), the Commander-in-Chief always has the say and we will always follow the chain of command," he added.

Parreņo earlier said that the PMC will remain a compact and hard-hitting force even if proposals for it to be named as the military's fourth independent armed service push through.

"We do not intend to be a big unit like the Army, and we don't intend to compete for resources from any other branch of service," he added.

The PMC is currently composed of around 8,000 officers and enlisted personnel spread around three maneuver brigades besides combat support and headquarters units.