THE Philippine National Police will file charges against Iloilo 1st district Rep. Richard Garin and his father, Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin, for mauling a policeman in the town plaza last Saturday.
Bulalacao said charges of physical injury, assault on a person in authority, alarm and scandal and grave coercion are being prepared against Rep. Garin while a grave threat case is being readied against Mayor Garin.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said the cases against the Garins will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman or the courts as soon as the investigations are concluded.
The DILG chief said they will also ask the House of Representatives to impose sanctions on Rep. Garin.
“The President himself was so disappointed and I will ensure that his order to file cases against the Garins will be complied with immediately,” the DILG head said.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered Año to file direct assault charges against the Garins.
Duterte and the PNP leadership described the incident as a “brazen act” of abuse of authority.
POWER OVER POLICE REMOVED
The DILG chief said his agency will strip Mayor Garin of his authority over the local police, making the latter the latest local chief executive to be stripped of his power over the police for an arrogant act.
“What the congressman and the mayor did was abuse of authority and display of arrogance, a conduct unbecoming of men in authority and well-deserving of punishment. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior and will order the removal of Mayor Garin’s deputation authority over the Guimbal police once the investigation results are out,” the DILG chief said.
ALBAYALDE CANCELS GUN PERMITS OF GARINS
Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde yesterday ordered the cancelation of all gun permits and licenses issued to Rep. Garin and his father Oscar for their involvement in the mauling and degrading of a local policeman, which infuriated the national government and the entire 175,000-strong police force.
Bulalacao said he was shocked by the incident and would not take it sitting down.
The attack took place around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Guimbal Public Plaza, where the two Garins ordered the chief of the Guimbal Municipal Police Station Sr. Insp. Antonio Monreal to call PO3 Federico Macaya.
“When he (PO3 Macaya) arrived, Congressman Garin ordered Sr. Insp. Monreal to disarm Macaya. Congressman Garin then took Macaya’s handcuffs and handcuffed him. After which, Congressman Garin kicked PO3 Macaya for several times, slapped him twice and even spit twice on Macaya’s face. Not satisfied, he even fired his firearm. All these happened while Mayor Garin was watching and pointing his gun to Macaya,” Bulalacao said.
Bulalacao said that according to their inquiry, the incident stemmed from a mauling incident which took place last December 22, wherein a son of a Sangguniang Bayan member of Guimbal hit a local resident with a beer bottle at the public plaza.
The victim, who happened to be a son of two overseas Filipinos workers, refused to file a case against the suspect and even kept the incident from his parents. This made the Garins furious, which led to the mauling of PO3 Macaya who was the investigator of the minor’s case,” the police official said.
The PRO6 director ordered the relief of Monreal as Guimbal police chief for his for his non-action and failure to arrest the Garins.
“We also cancelled the detail of two PNP security personnel of Congressman Garin,” Bulalacao said.
Rep. Garin has apologized for the incident and said that his action was directed not at the Philippine National Police but a “mere display of extreme frustration” over a single police officer’s supposed disservice to the people.
REP. GARIN FACES ETHICS COMPLAINT
Rep. Garin could face an ethics complaint before the House Committee on Ethics, said House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo “Danny” Suarez.
Suarez said a formal complaint should be formally filed against the congressman before the panel chaired by AGRI party-list Rep. Delphine Lee Gan.
Last October 10, the House of Representatives reprimanded ACTS OFW party-list Rep. Aniceto John” Bertiz III after a viral video about his alleged bullying of a security officer of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last September.
With Zaida delos Reyes, Ryan Ponce Pacpaco, Joel dela Torre, Jun Legaspi and Efren Montano