Ronald Joseph Mercado - updates

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Navy chief still wants proven technology over Korean system for warships

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'I'm still preferring Tacticos. However, the contract says it is the supplier (HHI) that will have sole decision on what system to put in our frigate,' says Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad

Navy officers attend the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Magdalo's Alejano wants probe into Navy chief's sacking

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:35 PM

'I suspect that this has something to do with the lingering issue of the Navy's frigate acquisition project,' says the former Marine officer, echoing earlier statements made by Rappler sources

HOUSE PROBE. Gary Alejano, a former officer of the Philippine Marines, wants a probe into the sudden relief of Vice Adminal Ronald Joseph Mercado. Rappler file photo

Royal New Zealand Navy warship visits Manila

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Officers of the Royal New Zealand Navy will hold a series of joint activities with the Philippine Navy including basketball

Small planes for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s pronouncements of dislike for US makes the country s relations with Japan very crucial

SMALL PLANES, HUGE LEAP. The transfer of TC90 patrol planes from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to the Philippine Navy is a huge leap for Japan. PH Navy photo

Japan's largest warship to visit Subic in June

Mar 28, 2017 - 12:36 PM

There s a plan to invite President Rodrigo Duterte to visit JS Izumo when it makes a port call in Subic according to Japanese media

FORMAL TRANSFER OF TC90. Japan State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya and Phlippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado at the formal transfer of TC90 patrol planes. Navy photo

WATCH: Water cannon salute for TC-90 patrol planes

Mar 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The TC 90s from Japan complement the air assets of the ill equipped Philippine Navy

15 Philippine Navy chiefs gather in one photo

Feb 05, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado says he always welcomes their guidance and support

Sinulog: PH Navy opens warship Andres Bonifacio to public

Jan 16, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Cebuano chief of the Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado is a devotee of Santo Niño

NEWEST WARSHIP. The Philippine Navy acquired BRP Andres Bonifacio from the US Coast Guard. Photo by Rappler

Duterte picks West PH Sea commander as new Navy chief

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:48 PM

AFP chief General Ricardo Visaya standing in for President Rodrigo Duterte leads the change of command ceremony in Cavite City

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado (left) is the new Philippine Navy chief. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy