MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has promoted Philippine Coast Guard chief Artemio Abu to the rank of admiral, the highest for a commissioned officer in the maritime law enforcement agency, the PCG announced Wednesday.
Abu got the promotion more than a week after being named by Duterte as PCG commander.
Abu’s nomination document was signed on Monday, a photo shared by PCG show. He is due to be sworn in Thursday before Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, who recommended his promotion.
“CG Admiral Abu expresses his deepest gratitude to President Duterte and Secretary Tugade for granting the said promotion, in addition to their confidence in his leadership and wisdom in overseeing the continued expansion and modernization of the PCG,” the statement read. coastguards.
Abu is a member of the Class of 1992 at the Philippine Military Academy.
Prior to becoming a commander, Abu was the task force commander of the PCG’s Task Force Kaligtasan sa Karagatan, which helps patrol and protect life and property in the nation’s waters.
He also served as Commander of PCG District Souther Visayas, Southern Tagalog and Coast Guard Education, Training, and Doctrine Command (CGETDC).
Abu was active during the Taal Volcano eruption 2 years ago, as he was assigned as the commander of PCG Task Force Taal.