PHL Marines eyed as autonomous amphibious military service in proposed law

The separation of Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) from the Philippine Navy is being proposed in both Senate and House the Representatives through Senate Bill 1731 and House Bill 7304, respectively.

If signed into law, Philippine Marine Corps will be established as autonomous amphibious armed uniformed service but complimentary to Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, and Philippine Air Force – making it the fourth military service branch in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Under the proposed measure, the PMC will have strategically positioned headquarters in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Mindanao headquarters will act as the national headquarters.

Senator Sonny Angara introduced that bill in Senate, while Congressmen Pantaleon Alvarez and Rodolfo Fariñas introduced the bill in House of Representatives.

“The archipelagic makeup of the Philippines necessitates the need for a comprehensive yet rapidly deployable amphibious force primary mandated to conduct both seaborne and on-shore tactical operations to protect the country’s territories, communities, and inhabitants,” Angara said in his explanatory note.