Pama to assume top Navy post

A NAVY officer and veteran of campaign against Islamic militants and Moro secessionist rebels is set to assume the position of the Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) of the Philippine Navy (PN) on Tuesday.

Rear Admiral Alexander Pama will be taking over the top naval post from Rear Admiral Danilo Cortez, who is due to retire January 4 when he turns 56, the mandatory retirement age for those in the uniformed service.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will preside over the turnover of command ceremony Tuesday morning at the Navy headquarters on Roxas Blvd., in Pasay City.

This will be followed by the first military command conference for the year, where the President is expected to issue his instructions and command guidance in line with the implementation of the new Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan.

Pama’s appointment of the top naval post will signal the start of new rounds of major reshuffle in the Armed Forces, since the current military chief, Gen. Ricardo David Jr., will be retiring in March.

AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta said the reshuffle comes as there will be more vacancies to be filled up due to the coming retirement of several ranking military officials this year.

The AFP spokesman added that Pama’s designation as incoming Navy FOIC went through the proper channel and was recommended to the commander-in-chief who then signed his new designation.

Pama, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1979, is the current vice-commander of the Philippine Navy.  Anthony Vargas


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