Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Admiral Joel Garcia said on January 10 during a media briefing that there is no proof that Chinese fishing vessels are operating as militia in the West Philippine Sea.
“’Yung militia na tinatawag, Chinese militia na controlled ng Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) o controlled ng kanilang military, ito po ay naireport ng mga international media ngunit kung titingnan po natin, wala pong masasabing ebidensya na talaga na sila po ay hawak ng military o hawak ng Chinese Coast Guard,” Admiral Garcia said.
“Ito po ay kuro-kuro na isinulat lamang ng mga international reporters at conjectures,” he added.
“So on the part of Philippine government, sa tingin ko, hindi po nararapat na bigyan po natin ng kasiguraduhan, kasi wala pong ebidensya ang gobyerno na talaga sila ay nanunungkulan para sa interest ng military o Chinese Coast Guard,” he explained.
The third Meeting of the Joint Coast Guard Committee (JCGC) between China and the Philippines will be held this week.
Aside from JCGC meeting, the PCG and Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) are also conducting joint exercise. CCG Vessel 5204 is participating in the said joint exercise.