DND OPPOSES PROPOSAL TO SEPARATE PHL MARINES FROM PHL NAVY
The Defense Department opposes the proposal to make the Philippine Marines a separate service from its mother unit, the Philippine Navy.
In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that making the Marines, a naval infantry unit and amphibious force a separate service doing the same functions as the Army, would also be redundant as that would mean that there would be two ground forces in the country.
Lorenzana also said the Marines was designed to pursue pirates and smugglers and was created as an adjunct of the Philippine Navy and was envisioned as a small force only.
The House Committee on National Defense is reviewing House Bill 7304 which seeks to establish the Philippine Marine Corps as an armed uniformed service, amphibious in character; distinct, autonomous, but complementary to the Army, the Air Force and the Navy, as an independent branch of service of the AFP.
Authors House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said that the Marines' lack of charter had caused institutional challenges, including but not limited to fiscal and organizational restrictions.