Monday, January 3, 2011

Pama to assume as new Navy FOIC

By Elena Aben
Manila Bulletin, Monday, January 3, 2010

The Philippine Navy will have a new Flag Officer-in-Command (FOIC) in the person of Rear Admiral Alexander Pama when its present commander, Rear Admiral Danilo Cortez, retires Tuesday, January 4.

A change of command ceremony at the Navy headquarters on Roxas Boulevard will be led by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) commander-in-chief President Aquino. It will be followed by the first AFP command conference for the year, where the President will announce his instructions and command guidance in line with the implementation of the new Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan.

The appointment of Pama, member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1979, signals the start of a major reshuffle in the Armed Forces, especially as the Chief of Staff, Gen. Ricardo A. David Jr. is due to retire in March.

Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., AFP spokesman, explained the reshuffle comes as there will be vacancies to be created with coming retirement of several top armed forces officials. Thus, he said, as the effect cascades down below, there will be movements upwards.

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