PRESIDENT Duterte has designated a “seasoned” Navy officer as commander of the Armed Forces’ Western Command (Wescom) which supervises military operations in Palawan and in the disputed areas in West Philippine Sea in the South China Sea.
Rear Adm. Ramil Roberto Enriquez took over as Wescom chief yesterday in ceremonies at he Wescom headquarters in Puerto Princesa City.
Enriquez replaced Air Force Lt. Gen. Erickson Gloria who assumed the post of Armed Forces vice chief last Saturday, succeeding now retired Vice Adm. Gaudencio Collado.
Enriquez, a classmate of Gloria at the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1988, is the outgoing AFP deputy chief of staff for reservist and retiree affairs (J9). Enriquez’ replacement has yet to be announced.
Before J9, Enriquez headed the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao based in Davao City.
Enriquez was reportedly among officials considered for Navy chief following the retirement of Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad last February. The top Navy post went to now Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo.
“Admiral Enriquez is a well-seasoned naval officer, having commanded several types of commissioned naval vessels,” said Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata, chief of the Armed Forces’ public affairs office.
“He distinguished himself not only in the field of naval operations but also in naval intelligence,” Zata also said of Enriquez who he said has impressed junior officers because of his “leadership acumen.”