MANILA (2nd UPDATE )— President Rodrigo Duterte has designated Rear Adm. Adeluis Bordado as the next chief of the Philippine Navy, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
The official leadership turnover was conducted at the Navy's headquarters along Roxas Blvd. in Manila, with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leading the ceremony.
Armed Forces chief-of-staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana and Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar were guests at the event.
Bordado's appointment as the Navy's 39th flag officer-in-command will take effect June 9, Wednesday, said Palace spokesman Harry Roque.
Outgoing Navy head Giovanni Carlo Bacordo is set to retire on the same day.
Bordado currently serves as vice commander, the principal assistant of the Navy chief in decision-making and policy implementation. His will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 in September next year.
"The Navy must change and it must change gradually while staying true to its moral compass. It's for honor, dedication, patriotism, sobriety, leadership and professionalism," he said at the turnover ceremony.
Bordado, Philippine Army Chief Maj. Gen. Andres Centino, and Philippine Air Force Chief Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes all belong to the Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988.
The Navy has recently stepped up patrols in the West Philippine Sea, following incursions by hundreds of Chinese boats, believed to be manned by militia, which Beijing denied.
China refuses to recognize a 2016 ruling by a United Nations-backed court that junked its claims to almost the entire South China Sea, within which is the smaller West Philippine Sea.
- with reports from Wheng Hidalgo, ABS-CBN News
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