Philippine Daily Inquirer

Duterte names Garcia new PCG commandant


President Duterte has appointed Vice Adm. Joel Garcia as the new commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), replacing Adm. Elson Hermogino, who will retire on Thursday. Mr. Duterte signed Garcia’s appointmen­t papers on Monday, shortly before he flew to Tokyo. Garcia, currently PCG deputy commandant for administra­tion, will assume his post on Thursday upon Hermogino’s retirement from the PCG. Garcia bested four other contenders for the position. He will retire in June 2020. “We are confident that the incoming commandant, a man of vast knowledge, competence and integrity, would continue to lead and advance the PCG to greater heights,” presidenti­al spokespers­on Salvador Panelo said in a statement. Garcia is also the current executive director of the National Coast Watch Center under the Office of the President and the chairperso­n of the Singapore-based Regional Cooperatio­n Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Governing Council.

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