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Navy detachment gets green light as PH Navy, CEZA ink MOA | Cagayan Economic Zone Authority

Navy detachment gets green light as PH Navy, CEZA ink MOA

Navy detachment gets green light as PH Navy, CEZA ink MOA

I am most honored and very grateful to the Philippine Navy (PN) for according me full military honors during my visit at the Headquarters of the Philippine Navy (HPN) in Roxas Blvd., Manila with no less than the Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad welcoming my arrival thereat and the other flag officers and senior officers of the navy and marines present.

I am reminded of my college years (1978-1981) when I was then an officer becoming Corps Commander of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) and I first set foot on the HPN in 1980 en route Sangley Point, Cavite to complete my Advance Naval Science 43 Course, and I did finish the Course as top of the class and became the PN Midshipman of the Year NROTC.

I could have joined the military and most likely become a naval officer had I not decided to consider other course to chart and eventually became a lawyer.

History lessons taught me that the sovereignty of any nation and the integrity of the territory of the State can best be secured and protected by a strong military more particularly the Navy. This is more so in States that have vast coastlines and territorial waters like the Philippines.

I was most privileged to have worked as staff in Congress, both in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and among the many pieces of legislation that I have helped craft were those pertaining to the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP). I am hopeful that this can be done and the AFP will be equipped with modern vessels, planes, tanks, missiles, weapons, etc. Indispensably, however, is the well-trained and well-disciplined men and women in uniform whose loyalty to the Constitution and the Flag is foremost and unqualified.

To the AFP and, most especially the Navy, thank you for giving us days and nights of peace and stability.

God bless the Philippines always