MANILA - The Philippine Marines Corps will have a new commandant next week as Major General Alvin Parreño opted for an early retirement, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Noel Clement said Thursday.
“Yes, he planned, he... what’s the right term? He is planning to go on early retirement, whatever is his personal reason about it, I'm not aware but we are still awaiting word as to the confirmation if the Secretary has actually approved the early retirement of the Marine Commandant," Clement said in an ambush interview.
Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Casem, the Naval Inspector General, had been designated as the new Marine commandant.
He is set to assume his new post on Monday during rites at the Marine headquarters in Taguig City.
Reporters asked Clement about reports related to Parreño's early retirement, but the official shrugged off the issue.
"I don't think its... These are actually ramblings to the point of talking of their’ discontented of what’s going on. I think they just talk about the issue and probably they have their own personal opinions about the matter. But rest assured that the Armed Forces leadership is trying to address whatever issues that will arise from the early retirement of the Marine Commandant if that will push through," Clement said.