Wednesday, June 26, 2019

PNP cancels gun permits issued to Garins

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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.

Effective today, I have ordered the cancellation of all Permits to Carry Firearms outside of Residence (PTCFOR) and...

Posted by Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Albayalde said he ordered the cancellation of all Permits to Carry Firearms outside of Residence (PTCFOR) and License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) issued to the father and son as an administrative sanction.

Under Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, the PNP is the regulatory agency for firearms ownership and possession.

Under Section 39 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10591 the PNP Chief or his authorized representative may revoke, cancel or suspend a firearms license or permit on the grounds of commission of a crime or offense involving firearms.

"Our firearms information database indicate that Rep. Richard Garin is the registered owner of 11 firearms, three of which have expired licenses, while Mayor Oscar Garin is the registered owner of eight firearms, five of which also have expired licenses," Albayalde said.

"All these firearms are now subject to confiscation upon revocation of their License to Own and Possess Firearms, effectively making them ineligible to own and possess guns," he added.

Albayalde said Police Regional Director for Western Visayas John Bulalacao has ordered the relief of Senior Inspector Antonio Monreal Jr., Guimbal town police chief, for his failure to act on the mauling incident which happened in his presence.

"I have also ordered his investigation, including other police officers present during that incident, for failure to exercise their sworn duty in the face of an obvious and gross violation of the laws," Albayalde said. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)


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