“At all times, we will show the flag in the West Philippine Sea,” newly installed Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo told reporters after the change of command ceremony on February 3, as quoted by Inquirer.net.
“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.
The new Navy chief also vowed 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.
Rear Admiral 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.
Prior to his appointment, 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.”