Police investigate Garins’ alleged links to rebels

The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) is now investigating the Garins’ alleged connection with communist rebels.

Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, PRO-6 director, said the validation of reports that the Garin family has links to the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Revolutionary Proletarian Army – Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) is being conducted by operatives of their intelligence units.

“Marami na tayong natanggap na information about the alleged involvement of the Garins with the rebel groups even before the mauling incident, pero lahat ng ito are subject for validation,” he revealed.

“‘Yong before the incident, hindi ko pinavalidate kasi sa nasabi ko na I doubted the information,” Bulalacao added.

Last Dec. 26, 2018, First District Rep. Oscar “Richard” Garin Jr., his father, Guimbal Mayor Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr., and two civilian aides allegedly mauled Police Officer 3 Federico Macaya Jr., 41.

Based on police reports, the Garins allegedly “disarmed, handcuffed, kicked, slapped, and spat” at Macaya.

The cop quoted Richard as saying: “Gusto mo ipapatay ta ka sa NPA?”

“Dahil sa sinabi niya (Richard) mas tumindi ang espekulasyon that they maintain links with the rebels through their relative from town of Oton who is a member of the CPP-NPA,” Bulalacao said.IMT