Brigadier General Marian Aleido receives a Plaque of Recognition from AFP Deputy Chief of Staff LtGen Virgilio Domingo during the Testimonial Parade and Review at 9 a.m. today (December 3) at the AFP Grandstand. (Photo by SSG OBINQUE/PAO-AFP)

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City—The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ first female Judge Advocate General relinquished her post today (December 3), leaving a legacy that inspired more lawyers to enter the military service.

 

BGen Marian Aleido was given a Testimonial Parade and Review at around 9 a.m. today and turned over her post in a ceremony at the AFP Grandstand. This caps her successful career as the first female lawyer of the AFP that eventually led to her assumption as first female Judge Advocate General.

When she was appointed to the position in July 2012, Aleido made it her goal to prioritize the recruitment of more military lawyers who will become legal advisers for the AFP and the Department of National Defense.

Because of this, she led the recruitment of additional lawyers, increasing the total number of military lawyers from 70 to 104. Moreover, she also empowered more female lawyers to join the military.

“My appointment as The Judge Advocate General (TJAG) of the AFP is a recognition of the AFP on the competence and importance of the role of women in nation-building. Right now, we have more or less 40 female lawyers,” Aleido said.

In addition to this, she also made a commitment to expedite military cases and enhancement of the military justice system.

“We focused on our efforts to expedite the administration of military justice and pursued the resolution of cases through various collaboration and coordination with our counterparts in the government, including the Solicitor General and that of the Philippine National Police,” Aleido added.

 

Newly installed Judge Advocate General of the AFP Col Al Perreras during the testimonial parade and review in honor of retiring JAG BGen Marian Aleido. (Photo by SSG OBINQUE/PAO-AFP)

New TJAG

BGen Aleido will be replaced by Col Al Perreras, the Philippine Navy Judge Advocate General (NJAG), a position he has held since 2006. He is an expert military lawyer with over 29 years of experience in the service.

Perreras entered the military in 1985 after he received his Bachelor of Laws from the San Beda College of Law in 1984.

Before he is tasked to lead the AFP’s top legal office, Perreras has already held various positions in the OTJAG. He was its Deputy Judge Advocate General from May to August 2006 and Executive Officer from August 2004 to May 2006. He was also the Command Judge Advocate of the Northern Luzon Command from 2003 to 2004.

Apart from his expertise as a military lawyer, Perreras is also a sharpshooter, having received Marksmanship Badges for the M-16 and Cal 5.56mm.