The Garin family has connections with the New People’s Army (NPA), the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) claimed.
PRO-6 Director Chief Superintendent John C. Bulalacao, in an interview over radio station Bombo Radyo-Iloilo, said the information about the Garin’s NPA links was “validated.”
The family, according to Bulalacao, has maintained connections with the NPA through their relative from the town of Oton who is a member of the communist group.
In Dec. 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte, signed a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA as a terrorist organization.
Bulalacao said in a statement that “it was First District Rep. Oscar “Richard” Garin Jr. who gave [them] the idea that [their family] are being protected by the NPA.”
“Even before the mauling incident we have already been receiving reports that the Garins are maintaining private armed goons composed of security guards, and former and active members of the NPA,” Bulalacao revealed.
“In the beginning, I dismissed the information as mere insinuations because of the forthcoming elections but when I learned Cong. Garin threatened PO3 Macaya that he can have Macaya killed by the NPA, then I was convinced that the information I [received] may be true,” he said.
Earlier, Iloilo Vice Gov. Christine Garin, Oca’s daughter, and former health secretary Janette Garin, Richard’s wife, both denied that their family has ties to the NPA.
After the incident, the Philippine National Police (PNP) cancelled the gun permits issued to Richard and Oca.
Christine turned over the two officials’ firearms to the Guimbal Municipal Police Station.
The PNP also cancelled Richard’s security detail, and revoked Oca’s authority over the local police.
The criminal charges were for direct assault, grave coercion, grave threats, physical injuries, slander by deeds, serious illegal detention, and alarm and scandal.
The administrative complaints include grave misconduct, conduct unbecoming, oppression, abuse of authority, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the public.
Oca is currently on leave from his duties.IMT