President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged the new chief of the Philippine Navy to continue the "Tuwid na Daan" (straight path) leadership started by outgoing Flag-Officer-in-Comand Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano.
”As Vice Admiral Alano stepped down, it is important that his initiatives and reforms he made in Philippine Navy will be paddled forward by your successor,” said President Aquino in his speech during the PN change of command at the Sangley Point in Cavite.
Alano, who spearheaded the Philippine Navy for the last one year and four months, was replaced by Read Admiral Jesus Millan.
”We are confident that Read Admiral Jesus Millan will be able to continue the straight leadership in the Philippine Navy,” the President said.
The President commended Alano for his leadership at the time when the country encountered big challenges such as the Lahad Datu incident, Zamboanga crisis, national disasters like typhoon "Yolanda" and Bohol earthquake, and the dispute in the
”We’re able to witness his brilliant leadership during the times of difficulties that our country encountered. We leaned on the leadership of Vice Admiral Alano,” President Aquino said.
The President also lauded the valor that nine marines called "Ayungin 9" led by 1st Lieutenant Mike Pelotera displayed in defending the Ayungin Shoal despite reports of harassment by foreign vessels.
”It seems we are being driven away from our own territory. But despite this, the valor of our navies and soldiers has emerged,” the President said.
”Now that you have new leader in the Philippine Navy, my appeal to you is to stay strong in your duties. Consider as your anchor the trust and concerns of the Filipino people in fulfilling your mission,” President Aquino added.