Mayor Oscar Garin Sr. and Iloilo Rep. Richard Garin to face lawsuits for mauling a policeman

Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin Sr. and Iloilo 1st District Rep. Richard Garin are facing several lawsuits from the Philippine National Police after they have reportedly mauled a policeman last weekend.

According to PNP Region 6 Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, he would request for the cancelation of the mayor’s deputation over the police and relieve from his post the chief of police of Guimbal for not taking action to help his personnel..”.

Rep. Garin, who’s the husband of former Health Secretary Janette Garin is also facing a lawsuit for grave threats.

The victim, who’s identified as PO3 Federico Macaya of the Guimbal Municipal Police Station has been summoned by the Garins, who later handcuffed him, threatened him by pointing a gun to his head and the powerful politicians also seized his belongings.

They also allegedly mauled the policeman for still an undisclosed reason.

“I have already ordered the recall of their police escorts when I learned of this incident this morning,” Bulalacao said, noting that “most” of the members of the Guimbal police force “have requested for their transfer out of Guimbal” after the incident.

“I told Cong. Garin that I’m taking this incident as an affront to me. I will not let this pass without taking action against them,” Bulalacao said.

Meanwhile, Congressman Garin already apologized to the Philippine National Police, he also explained the reason why they mauled PO3 Macaya.

Garin explained that he didn’t control himself after he found out that Macaya allegedly asked a victim to withdraw the complaint against a person who hurt a child during a town celebration last week.

“Gusto ko lang maklaro na ang actions ko are not directed to the PNP as an institution, or against its officers and personnel. My actions were a mere display of extreme frustration towards one, single PNP personnel na sa aking palagay ay nag-commit ng great disservice to the people of Guimbal,” Garin said.

The congressman described Macaya’s act as “betrayal of public trust” for asking a victim to withdraw a charge that he/she filed.

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