The Defense Secretary relieved in December last year the Navy FOIC and named the latter's deputy, Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad.
Appearing in full military regalia of the white Navy uniform, Mercado lamented he was sacked as FOIC less than three months before his mandatory retirement.
Or as the Defense Secretary himself defined it, Mercado's relief as FOIC was done without the ceremonies observed under traditional military turnover of command.
told the SPLC that it does not plan to propose a legislative change.
But even if subordinates, like the FOIC and the PN technical staff, would passionately give recommendations contrary to your position, you remain as the higher decision maker.
Although you took direct responsibility for the firing of VADM Mercado on TV, I understand that you also explained to past FOICs that you just followed the order of President Duterte, who had denied any hand in this case.
The former FOIC, who remains in floating status, was set to retire in March, and Lorenzana said Mercado has not expressed his intention to resign or retire early.
According to some of the former FOIC that talked to him is that he will just be allowed to retire in March.
Rey Leonardo Guerrero later handed the FOIC
flag to a much younger officer, Rear Adm.
Aquino placed full trust in the leadership of Millan, the 34th FOIC
, saying he expected the new Navy chief to continue the programs that were started by Alano to harness the Navy's capabilities.
Figures 7 and 8 also highlight large differences between the two stations in the relationship between the FoICs of MCIT and PT during the main season.
Meanwhile, Lorenzana said that he recently held a meeting with former FOICs
of the Navy where he explained to them his decision to relieve Mercado.