PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde ordered the cancellation effective Thursday, December 27, of all gun permits issued to Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin and his son, Iloilo First District Representative Richard Garin over their involvement in the mauling of a police officer.
The father and son will be ordered to turn in all their registered firearms to the PNP. Based on PNP's records, the younger Garin owns 11 firearms while his father has eight.
Albayalde, as ex-officio member of the National Police Commission, also endorsed the recommendation to withdraw Mayor Garin's authority to supervise and exercise control over the Guimbal town police.
"I cannot, in conscience, let this abuse and oppression pass without justice. I am directing the PNP Legal Service to provide legal assistance to PO3 (Federico Jr.) Macaya in his complaint and possible counter charges by the respondents," Albayalde said in a statement.
The PNP chief was referring to the alleged mauling of Macaya by the Garin father and son.
Macaya is expected to file a criminal complaint against the Garins for physical injuries, assault upon a person in authority, alarm and scandal, grave coercion and grave threats.
The complaints stemmed from injuries sustained by Macaya when he was handcuffed, manhandled, slapped and spat upon on his face and threatened at gunpoint by the Garin father and son on December 26 outside the municipal hall of Guimbal, Iloilo.