Authorities probe Garins' security agency after mauling incident

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 28 2018 11:53 AM

MANILA - Authorities are looking into the private security agency owned by the lawmaker and mayor who mauled a policeman in Iloilo earlier this week after reports showed that the politicians owned "a lot" of firearms and have been using security guards as personal escorts, officials said Friday.

Guimbal town mayor Oscar Garin and Iloilo 1st District Rep. Richard Garin were earlier charged with 7 criminal and 4 administrative cases after they handcuffed, punched, slapped, and spat at SPO3 Federico Macaya.

Authorities are now checking if the Garins' security guards are licensed to operate as bodyguards, PNP Western Visayas regional director Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao told DZMM.

"Ang issue lang dito is are they allowed to be bodyguards kasi may mga lisensya 'yan," he said.

(The issue here is are they allowed to be bodyguards because that requires a license.)

"Pinapacheck ko din ito sa ating regional units, meron ba silang permit to carry firearms," he said.

(I also asked our regional units if the security guards have permits to carry firearms.)

The licenses and permits to carry for some 19 firearms the Cong. Garin and Mayor Garin owned were also revoked by the Philippine National Police.

"Definitely, that's a lot. If I'm not mistaken, beyond 5 firearms registered to your name, you should already be considered as a firearms collector," PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr. told ANC's Early Edition.

Eight of the 19 registered firearms owned by the father and son have expired licenses, police earlier said.