PRESIDENT Duterte will lead the joint change of command and retirement ceremony of Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad at the Philippine Navy headquarters in Manila today, Monday.
Empedrad, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 56, will retire after serving as Navy chief for two years.
The Department of National Defense announced on Friday that Empedrad will be replaced by Philippine Fleet commander Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, whose appointment paper was signed last Jan. 31.
A member of the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987, Bacordo was appointed commander of the Philippine Fleet in April 2019. – Jocelyn Montemayor