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Ex-Navy chief pushes P18-B frigate project

Former Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado yesterday expressed hope that the P18-billion Frigate Acquisition Program of the Philippine Navy would be a success despite the controversies surrounding the project.

Members of the Senate minority bloc have sought a probe on the controversial purchase of the two Philippine Navy warships by the Department of National Defense which dragged the name of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

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Upon the recommendation of defense and military officials, President Duterte has designated Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad as the new flag-officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy.

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IT was hardly noticed because of so many news stories that vied for the people’s attention. But in so many ways, President Duterte’s personally sending off the crew of a detained Vietnamese fishing vessel a week ago was the kind of story that inspires hope and goodwill, at a time when nearly every other story is so discouraging.

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The Japan Self-Defense Force vessel JS Oonami, an anti-submarine destroyer, arrived yesterday for a two-day goodwill visit and replenishment of supply from a mission in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations International Fleet Review.

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The Japan Self-Defense Force vessel JS Oonami, an anti-submarine destroyer, arrived yesterday for a two-day goodwill visit and replenishment of supply from a mission in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations International Fleet Review.

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