Rappler Talk: Retired rear admiral Rommel Jude Ong on PH Navy s rebirth

Bookmark this page to catch the interview live on Monday, November 4, at 2 pm MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines, having one of the longest coastlines in the world, faces a host of challenges with its under-equipped navy. But this is expected to improve as the ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerNov 3rd, 2019

Retired US Navy officer proposes ship repair facilities in Subic

A decorated former United States Navy admiral has discounted the possibility of the reported plan to re-establish an American military base in the Philippines like the facility they used to share in Subic Bay.In an open letter to President Duterte, retired US Navy Rear Admiral Daniel W. McKinnon, Jr. instead suggests it would be a “good business” for the Philippines to embrace the idea of bringing shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay. McKinnon was reacting to the statement made by President Duterte during his State of the Nation Address last week where the latter flatly rejected the reported US plan to return to its former naval base in the Philippines. “I saw in the press that in your recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) you voiced concern about the United States Navy returning to establish a base in the Philippines, like the remarkable joint security facility we used to share in Subic. I believe I can assure you it will never happen,” the retired US naval officer said in his letter dated July 29, 2020.McKinnon, who was stationed at the former US base in Subic, said what can happen is that the US Navy can help re-establish a viable “commercial” ship overhaul and voyage repair, or even ship construction industry on historic Subic Bay. “And why not? It is neither war provocation nor threatening to the Philippine people,” the retired US Navy officer said.If approached to bring shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay under a public-private partnership, the Philippine government should embrace the idea, noting that the Philippines is a 7,000-island archipelago straddling a major artery of world commerce. “Repairing ships transiting that artery is only good business,” he said. He explained that the US Navy, and every sea power, commercial or naval, needs voyage repair.  For decades the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) on the deep-water port of Subic Bay, and a similar facility in the port of Yokosuka in Japan, helped sustain the upkeep of ships far from home. He recalled having attended the opening of Philseco, a commercial ship repair facility at Subic City in 1981. The US bases, however, were closed in 1992 after the Philippine Senate rejected the extension of its tenure.  The facility later became Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, a commercial bulk cargo ship construction on the Redondo peninsula across the City of Olongapo. “It became of national importance, providing employment to the many skilled Philippine shipyard workers displaced when the US Navy SRF at Olongapo closed in 1992. It was sad to see Hanjin go into bankruptcy and the effect it had on Philippine families,” McKinnon said. In his open letter, McKinnon remembered back in 1968 when his naval ship was undergoing repair in Subic. “I and my friends became tourists. It was wonderful to attend a concert of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, visit the historic island of Corregidor, and learn to love ‘pancit’, both ‘canton’ and ‘bihon’. Doctors loved going into the small communities on Luzon providing family health care. Ships, both commercial and military, need voyage repair. Sailors go ashore, become tourists, and make friends.” Upon the closure of the SRF in Subic, the US Navy workload moved to countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, among others. When the first United States military command was established in Singapore in 1991, it became a regional contracting center, not a base.  “It was all about the conduct of business in Asia,” he said. While in Subic Bay, McKinnon was assigned as Director, Shipbuilding and Overhaul Contracts, Naval Sea Systems Command and Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Depot.  He co-founded an organization that provides vocational training to unemployed young men, co-founded a foundation that supported the City of Olongapo hospital and orphanage, and later becoming an honorary citizen of the city.In his military career, McKinnon was a recipient of two Legions of Merit and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal of the US Department of Defense. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Navy vice commander nagretiro na

Pormal nang nagretiro si Philippine Navy (PN) vice commander Rear Admiral Rey dela Cruz matapos ang 37 taon ng serbisyo. The post Navy vice commander nagretiro na first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsDec 29th, 2020

New Navy chief wants modern systems, mindsets as new assets replace ailing ships

MANILA, Philippines – For the Philippine Navy's new Flag Officer-in-Command, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo , it's out with the old, in with the new in all aspects of naval operations, from phasing out vintage vessels to upgrading the mindsets of sailors and marines. Speaking as he assumed command of the 25,000-strong ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2020

Philippine Fleet commander Giovanni Carlo Bacordo is new Navy chief

MANILA, Philippines – The commander of the Philippine Fleet, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the new chief or Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed to reporters on Friday, January 31. Bacordo will replace Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

New navy chief named

Malacañang has designated Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, the current commander of the Philippine Fleet, as the incoming flag-officer-in-command of the Navy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

Duterte names new Navy chief

REAR Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo has been named as the next flag officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Bacordo’s appointment paper addressed to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday and Bacordo’s designation would take effect on Monday, February 3, when Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad hangs his uniform after reaching the mandatory age […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

Smuggled cigarettes intercepted off Zamboanga high seas

COTABATO CITY: The Philippine Navy troops seized 100 cases of smuggled cigarettes worth P4 million from a watercraft intercepted off the waters of Zamboanga on Saturday. Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan,…READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 1st, 2019

Navy brass named PMA superintendent

Rear Admiral Allan Cusi replaces Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista as PMA superintendent effective 1 October 2019. #PMAsuperintendent The post Navy brass named PMA superintendent appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 27th, 2019

Rappler Talk: Magdalo’s Manuel Cabochan on his new role as party-list representative

Bookmark to watch the interview with Manuel Cabochan on Saturday, June 8, at 3 PM MANILA, Philippines – Former Navy intelligence officer Manuel Cabochan is a virtual unknown compared to his Philippine Military Academy (PMA) classmates and fellow Magdalo leaders, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Representative Gary Alejano. Since the 2003 Oakwood ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

Nation: Russia flags war games with PHL

THE Russian Navy said Tuesday it was planning to hold war games with the Philippines, as two of its ships, led by a rear admiral, made a rare stop in Manila following Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's declared pivot from the United States......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

Pinay Fil-Am Admiral in US Naval Command is Bicolana

By Connie B. Destura LEGAZPI CITY — “There is no goal that is unachievable.” This was the message of US Navy Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar of US Naval Command in an interview here during the Gender and Development Seminar as keynote speaker. The Ge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolmailRelated NewsJul 19th, 2016

Peace group questions arrest of former NDF peace talk consultant

Church-based peace advocates questioned the government’s sincerity to peace with the arrest of Alfred Mapano, a former consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) on the peace talks who “retired” and was working with the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

Beauty queen Winwyn Marquez tops reservist training, joins PH Marines

  BY MARTIN A. SADONGDONG     Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 winner and actress Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez is now a military reservist after graduating and emerging as the top cadet in this year’s Basic Citizen Military Course (BCMC) which was supervised by the Philippine Navy (PN). Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, PN Flag Officer in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2020

Kris Aquino to Cristy Fermin: ‘Binastos ko ba ang pagkatao niya?’

BY NEIL RAMOS     Kris Aquino finally issued her reaction to Cristy Fermin allegedly attacking her after supposedly refusing to work with Mr. Fu for a talk show. Commenting on retired Balita entertainment editor Dindo Balares’ Instagram post on the matter, she wrote: “Dito ako papalag Kuya Dindo… nagsalita ba ko laban sa ‘nanay’ mo […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 9th, 2020

USA, 3 pang bansa, nagpalala ng tensyon sa WPS

INAMIN ni Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo na ang pagtaas ng tensyon sa West Philippine Sea ay dahil sa agresibong porma ng mga tinatawag niyang ‘quad country’. The post USA, 3 pang bansa, nagpalala ng tensyon sa WPS first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Rebirth of Nash Racela

Nash Racela has steered Blackwater to an early success inside the bubble. (PBA Images) ANGELES CITY–Blackwater’s new coach Nash Racela seemed like he hasn’t skipped a beat despite missing the PBA sidelines for a long time.  Racela steered the Elite to a 2-1 record in the Philippine Cup at the expense of the winless NLEX, 98-88, on Saturday at the Smart 5G-powered Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. But the 48-year-old mentor bared that it wasn’t easy for him to return to the league after losing his post in TNT KaTropa two years ago.  “When I got kicked out of Talk N’ Text (TNT), in a way I lost interest in the PBA. I wasn’t watching the game for at least a year,” said Racela. The former Far Eastern University tactician led TNT to a finals and five playoffs appearances in two years. But the KaTropa’s underwhelming performance early in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup prompted the management to put him on leave and eventually replace him with current head coach Bong Ravena. Racela found his way back to the PBA after he signed a two-year deal with Blackwater in November last year. He could only thank his current Elite squad for helping him readjust to the league.  “What really helped me was number one, ‘yung coaches and players that we have. They’ve been helping me a lot by giving inputs,” said Racela, whose familiarity with PBA also encouraged him to take another shot at coaching in the pros.  “Number two is really the familiarity. Most of the players I know, the team tendencies and the coaches are the same,” he said.   “Those are the things that really helped me to slowly be comfortable with coaching again in the PBA.” .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Navy wants WPS gas platforms for monitoring

he Philippine Navy is moving to transform two retired gas platforms in Palawan into Littoral Monitoring Stations or LMS in the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

SAR pinuri ng PCG sa paghahanap sa nawawala sa karagatan

Manila, Philippines – Pinuri ni Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr ang interagency search and rescue (SAR) teams na binubuo ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Navy (PN), Philippine Air Force (PAF), at local government units (LGUs) ng Batanes para sa pagpapalawak ng kanilang paghahanap sa tatlong mangingisda na nawawsla sa […] The post SAR pinuri ng PCG sa paghahanap sa nawawala sa karagatan appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 8th, 2020

Navy cites historical value of Sangley Point

Clarifying that the Navy is not against the plan to put up an international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said the Sangley Point Naval Base and its historical value to the country should be preserved......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

PBA: Chot says it would have been 'cool' to coach Ginebra

Coach Chot Reyes' greatest PBA success was with Talk 'N Text, the flagship MVP franchise. But over the course of his career in the PBA, which spanned two decades, Coach Chot also did his rounds with the SMC teams. He started his career with Purefoods, winning an All-Filipino title in his first conference in 1993. Reyes also had one random stop with San Miguel Beer, coaching the Beermen all the way to the 2007 Philippine Cup Finals. Now long-retired from professional basketball, Coach Chot wishes he could have had the chance to handle Barangay Ginebra, the only SMC team he missed. "I always thought it would be cool to coach Ginebra," Reyes said on Coaches Unfiltered. "Having that NSD [Never Say Die] behind you every night behind you, we always talk about that with coach Tim [Cone]. Sabi ko swerte mo. And he's [Cone] enjoying, he's really having the time of his life. I've always been intrigued by the chance to coach Ginebra," he added. While being the Gin Kings coach would have been nice, Reyes mentions another team in his list of what ifs. Reyes was the Ateneo coach back in the early 1990s, and he regrets not being able to lead the Blue Eagles to a UAAP championship. "The one thing I rue is not being able to give a championship for the Ateneo in the college level," Coach Chot said. "I coached Ateneo to a juniors championship, and I coached Ateneo for three years in the UAAP seniors, 1990-92, but those were the down years. We had to raise our own money to even buy our stuff and equipment. That's like sayang, if I had that opportunity when I was coaching Ateneo but I don't that's going to happen anymore now and I'm at peace with that," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020