NAVAL STATION JOSE ANDRADA, Roxas Blvd, Manila (DWDD) – “The Philippine Navy as a professional organization always follow a lawful order from the chain of command. “
This was the statement made by Navy Capt Lued Lincuna, Director, Naval Public Affairs Office, after the Change of Command ceremony at he Philippine Navy Headquarters.
According to Capt Lincuna, the PN extends its gratitude to Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph S Mercado AFP, for his dedicated service rendered as the Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy.
On the reason of his relief, I am not privy with the decisions and/or other issues at hand hence I could not give you a definite answer. I defer your questions to higher authorities. But rest assured the Philippine Navy has a lot of competent and qualified leaders to assume as Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy.
Thus, we welcome and honor former Deputy Chief of Staff for Retirees and Reservists Affairs, J9, Rear Admiral Robert A Empedrad AFP as the Acting FOIC, PN effective today December 19.
“As I’ve said before, as a professional organization we will support the newly installed Acting FOIC, PN. Going forward, the Philippine Navy must and will continue to perform our constitutional mandate as the protector of the people and the state”. Lincuna said. NPAO / MCAG