Incoming Coast Guard chief supports possible WPS joint exploration with China

Philippine Coast Guard deputy commandant for Administration Vice Admiral Joel Sarsiban Garcia, who will officially assume as PCG chief on October 24, supports the proposed China-Philippines joint exploration in West Philippine Sea.

“Almost all legal pundits will agree that the terms and conditions proposed by China are still within the bounds of our Constitution. And I would say that the Philippines would be better off to have that cooperation,” Garcia said as quoted by

“How are we going to explore the vast resources we [own] with respect to the law of the sea,” he said.

“We have to follow the direction of our President because he is the chief architect of our foreign relational policy. We have to submit ourselves to the wisdom of the President,” he added.

Garcia is a graduate of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy and a license master mariner. He is also the current Executive Director of the National Coast Watch Center (NCWC) and the Chairperson of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Governing Council based in Singapore.