Southeast Asia Speaks

Southeast Asia Speaks: Ex-Coast Guard chief George Ursabia Jr. on protecting the West PH Sea

What are the challenges in protecting the West Philippine Sea, especially against Chinese incursions?

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) plays a vital role in maintaining peace in the country’s maritime territory, especially the West Philippine Sea, as threats of Chinese encroachment remain.

On Wednesday, October 20, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to retired admiral George Ursabia Jr., former commandant of the PCG, about the challenges in protecting the West Philippine Sea.

Ursabia headed the PCG from June 2020 to September 2021. He previously served as commander of the PCG’s Marine Environmental Protection Command.

How did the PCG under Ursabia enforce maritime laws against Chinese incursions? How does the PCG compare to maritime enforcement authorities of neighboring countries? –

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