20 senior Navy officers promoted

MANILA – Twenty Philippine Navy senior officers were promoted to the ranks of Navy captain and Marine colonel during a donning of ranks ceremony Monday.

In a statement Tuesday, Navy Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said the promotion of the 20 officers was a testament to their commitment to service, knowledge in their specialization, and leadership.

"In exchange for this promotion to a higher rank, expect greater responsibility and accountability. Display mastery of skills and facilitate the much-needed systemic changes in the PN as we modernize into a multi-capable naval force," he said.

Promoted to the next ranks are Capt. Elmer Toriado, Capt. Remuel Jardinero, Capt. Junmar Sales, Capt. Nerelito Martinez, Capt. Santiago Pacis Jr., Capt. Ariel Halasan, Capt. Leo Dimoc, Capt. Jonathan Salvilla, Capt. Edilberto Balduman, Capt. Lemar Dela Calzada, Capt. Reynaldo Lopez, Capt. Jude Joseph Sumpay, Capt. Jim Razo, Capt. Oliver Fernandez, and Capt. Venus Gualdaquever.

The following Philippine Marine Corps lieutenant colonel were also promoted to the next rank: Col. Danilo Facundo, Col. Ronald Virtudazo, Col. Jose Marie Santos, Col. Dante Robert Grasparil, and Col. Esperanza Casiao. (PNA)

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