Palace officially names Empedrad as new PH Navy chief
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad as the new flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy.
Duterte, in a letter addressed to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, said Empedrad’s appointment was approved last December 19, 2017.
The letter of Duterte to Lorenzana was dated January 16, 2018, but was released only to the media on Thursday.
Empedrad replaced Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado who was earlier sacked amid controversy involving a weapons system procurement plan of the Navy. /jpv