Published on Oct 1, 2001
On February 2001, the Philippine Navy (and the Armed Forces of thePhilippines) was rocked by a leadership crisis when the Philippine Marines (PMAR)demanded the relief of the Flag-Officer-In-Command, Rear Admiral Guillermo Wong(Pazzibugan, 2001). The crisis was triggered by the berating of the Marines by RAdmWong for alleged irregularities in the procurement of P3.8 million worth of KevlarHelmets (Pablo, 2001). In the events that followed, the Marines prevailed and RAdmWong was stripped of his command and was ‘promoted’ to an ambassadorial post. Thecrisis, while it was eventually resolved peacefully, exposed a previously unseen face ofthe Navy—the face of CORRUPTION.