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Meet Adeluis Bordado, navy’s 4th chief under Duterte

Jairo Bolledo

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Meet Adeluis Bordado, navy’s 4th chief under Duterte

39th NAVY CHIEF. Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado is recently appointed as the new flag officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy.

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Bordado is considered an expert in the fields of operations, intelligence, information technology, and education and training

Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado’s original dream was to become the superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), but life’s turns led him to the top post in the navy.

Bordado assumed command of the 25,000-strong Philippine Navy in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 8. He replaced his PMA senior, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, who served as the flag officer-in-command for one year and four months. 

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A member of PMA Maringal Class of 1988, Bordado is the 39th chief in the 123-year history of the navy, and the fourth under the Duterte administration. He will serve until his retirement in September 2022. 

His appointment seals the reputation of Maringal as the “ruling” class in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The army chief, Major General Andres Centino, and the air force chief, Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, belong to the same class.

Love for education

As a son of a public school teacher in Camarines Sur, Bordado said he had great love for education – both the learning and the teaching sides of it.

He graduated from the PMA, ranking fourth in his class. He then took up the Naval Officers Qualification Course at the Naval Training Command in Fort San Felipe, Cavite City, and finished at the top of his class. He also pursued studies abroad.

CHANGE OF COMMAND. (From L-R) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado, and Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo.
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Bordado took up the Foreign Officer Supplementary List Executive Course (FOSLEX) at the Royal Australian Naval College in Australia. He also studied at the United States Naval War College (USNWC). He flew to Hawaii to complete his Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander Course (CFMCC Course 19-1c) at the United States Pacific Fleet.

Bordado served as the commander of the Education, Training, and Doctrine Command of the AFP. On top of his navy duties, he also taught at the PMA, the Naval Education and Training Command, and the Navy Intelligence Training Institute.

Well-rounded navy official

He is considered an expert in the fields of operations, intelligence, information technology, and education and training. After Bordado’s appointment was announced, AFP chief General Cirilito Sobejana said he was an excellent choice for the position.

“The wealth of his experience, his well-rounded education and training locally and abroad, and his personal attributes make him an excellent choice to lead the Philippine Navy at this time that the AFP faces various internal and external security challenges,” Sobejana said in a message to reporters.

Prior to being the top navy official, Bordado served as the No. 2 navy officer or the vice commander. He also previously served as the chief-of-naval staff.

MEDAL. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana pins a medal on Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado to signify the latter’s appointment as the new navy chief.
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His first command-at-sea assignment was the BRP Fort San Felipe (AM-700), a ship of the Naval Intelligence and Security Force. He also commanded the RPS Explorer, a survey ship of the Service Force of the Philippine Fleet.

Bordado completed his sea tour after commanding the BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11), the former flagship of the Philippine Navy.

Off the waters, he commanded the Naval Intelligence and Security Group-Southern Luzon. Bordado was also the superintendent of the Fleet Training Center and former commander of the Naval Installation Command.

Bordado was married to a physician-psychiatrist, Dr. Ma Ruth Bordado, and has one son, who was named after him. –

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Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering justice, police, and crime.