“At all times, we will show the flag in the West Philippine Sea” - newly installed PN Chief

“At all times, we will show the flag in the West Philippine Sea” - newly installed PN Chief

More than ever, the importance of the Philippine Navy (PN) in the country cannot be put in numbers.
Recently the organization changed its Flag Officer in Command (FOIC), having attained the mandatory age of retirement of 56 years old Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad , President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo. 

Empedrad, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sinagtala” Class of 1986, while Bacordo is a magna cum laude graduate of the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987. He has been serving for more than 36 years in various command and staff positions.
Flag raising above the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal, WPS
(photo credit to owner)

In his first speech as the Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command (PN FOIC) he said “At all times, we will show the flag in the West Philippine Sea” 

“We will continue to maintain the nine occupied features in the West Philippine Sea. We will continue to replenish and rotate our personnel in the West Philippine Sea,” he said.
As the new PN head he vows to “implement programs that will ensure that these new defense capabilities will remain to be capable through time.”

“[N]ot only we will have modern platforms, but also modern systems and modern mindsets to ensure that we will continue to fulfill our mission and remain to be a strong and credible Navy that our maritime nation can be proud of,” he added.
Prior to his appointment as PN FOIC, he is the current Commander of the Philippine Fleet. He commanded navy units that involve on the territorial defense in the West Philippine Sea, threats from the CPP-NPA, secessionist and other local terrorist groups, and spearheading the crafting of the PN’s roadmap, “Sail Plan 2020.”

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