By Aaron Recuenco
The regional police commander of Western Visayas on Wednesday ordered the recall of all police escorts of Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin and his son Rep. Richard Garin just hours after a policeman was mauled by the two officials.
Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, director of the Western Visayas regional police, said that he would request the National Police Commission and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to strip Mayor Garin of police power.
“I have already ordered the recall of their police escorts when I learned of this incident this morning,” said Bulalacao.
Bulalacao’s statement came after Mayor Garin and his son Richard, a congressman for the first district of Iloilo, were accused of mauling Police Officer 3 Federico Macaya, assigned to the Guimbal Municipal Police Station.
Supt. Joem Magalong, spokesman of the Western Visayas regional police, said the attack on Macaya stemmed from a case of physical injuries involving two minors at Guimbal town plaza on Dec.22.
Macaya was the case investigator and the Garins were reportedly mad that a case of physical injury was not filed against the suspect.
“But a case of alarm and scandal was filed against the suspect. The victim did not push through with a case of physical injury because he did not want his parents to know that he figured in trouble,” Magalong said.
The victim’s parents, it was learned, are overseas Filipino Workers.
As soon as Macaya arrived at the left wing of the municipal building where he was asked to report, he was allegedly met by Rep. Garin who immediately disarmed, body-searched and handcuffed him.
The congressman then started asking questions about the case and allegedly began hitting Macaya.
Mayor Garin was reportedly present during the entire incident.
Questions were raised as to why the Garins were interested in prosecuting the suspect accused of hitting his fellow minor victim with a bottle in the head.
Sources said that the minor suspect is a son of a member of the Sangguniang Bayan of Guimbal, and is reportedly a political enemy of the Garins.