Wed. Aug 4th, 2021

MANILA – Newly-appointed Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo’s nomination to the rank of Vice Admiral was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) during its plenary session at the Senate Wednesday.

Bacordo was the most senior of the 22 ranking military officials whose ad interim appointments and nominations were confirmed by the CA, said Captain Jonathan Zata, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, in a statement Thursday.

Bacordo, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1987, took over the Navy last February following the retirement of Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad who reached the mandatory retirement age of 56.

The ad interim appointments of the following were also confirmed by the CA: The Naval Inspector General, Commodore Sean Anthony Villa, to the rank of Rear-Admiral; Col. Anthony Cacayuran, Commander, 54th Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army (PA), to the rank of Brigadier General; Col. Rommel Tello, Commander, 902nd Infantry Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, PA, to the rank of Brigadier General; Col. Gabriel Viray III, Commander, 901st Infantry Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, PA, to the rank of Brigadier General; Col. Jonas Lumawag, Commander, 1st Marine Brigade, PN, to the rank of Brig. General; Lt. Col. Saturnino Diaron of the Judge Advocate General Service, AFP, to the rank of Colonel; The Navy Chief of Engineer, Commander Edwin Princillo, to the rank of Captain; and Commander Narciso Angelo, Superintendent, Basic Training Center, Naval Construction Brigade, PN, to the rank of Captain.

Likewise, the nominations of the following were also confirmed by the CA: Brig. General Marcelino Randy Tibayan, Wing Commander, 410th Maintenance Wing, Philippine Air Force (PAF) to the rank of Major General; Brig. General Greg Almerol, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (J2), AFP, to the rank of Major General; Marine Brigadier General Ariel Caculitan, Commander, Naval Reserve Command, PN, to the rank of Major General; Brigadier General Glenn Cruz, Commander, Army Support Command, PA, to the rank of Major General; Brigadier General Arthur Cordura, Wing Commander, 520th Air Base Wing, PAF, to the rank of Major General; Brigadier General William Ilagan, The Chief Engineer, AFP, to the rank of Major General; Col. Rommel Hinlo, Commander, 52nd Engineer Brigade, PA, to the rank of Brig.General; Captain Alfonspin Tumanda Jr., Commander, Naval Combat Engineering Brigade, to the rank of Commodore; and Captain Karl Decapia, Commander, Offshore Combat Force, Philippine Fleet, PN, to the rank of Commodore

Meanwhile, the ad interim appointments of the following reservists were also confirmed by the CA: Leo Princillo, PN (M), Commander, Naval Reserve Command Central-West, PN, to the rank of Colonel; Crisanto Violan, PA, to the rank of Colonel; Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, PA, to the rank of Colonel; and Davao City 3rd District Representative Isidro Ungab, PA, to the rank of Colonel.

Zata said the promotions of senior officers in the armed forces signify not only the advancement of military officers in their career as soldiers but also implies the bigger and more crucial responsibilities that they have to carry in support of the AFP’s mission of protecting the people and securing the state. (PNA)

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