MANILA - The National Police Commission (Napolcom) said Friday it has revoked the deputation authority of Mayor Oscar Garin of Guimbal town, Iloilo over local police unit after he and his lawmaker son mauled a police officer.
The revocation, which would bar Garin from giving orders to police officers in his town, is immediately executory and "indefinite for the meantime," said Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao.
“Ang mensahe is ating sinisikap ngayon na pagbutihin ang pamamalakad sa gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng pagdisiplina ng ating mga opisyal," he said.
(The message is we are doing our best to improve how we run affairs of government through instilling discipline among our officials.)
“Officials (should) act with circumspect...They should not show any form of arrogance and much more being violent dahil sa mawawalan ng respeto ang mga tao sa mga halal na opisyal (because people will lose respect in elected officials)," he added.
Garin is allowed to appeal the revocation and may recover his deputation authority if he gets reelected, said Casurao.
Napolcom will take "more drastic actions" against whoever appears to be liable because the investigation is complete "so that it will serve as a deterrent for similiar incidents not to happen again in the future," he said.
Garin and his son Iloilo Rep. Richard Garin are facing multiple criminal and administrative charges after they handcuffed, punched, slapped and spat on a policeman who allegedly refused to file charges against a rowdy teenager due to the absence of a complainant.
- report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News