DILG to ensure filing of criminal, administrative charges vs. Garins before the Ombudsman

Compiled photos of Gen. Eduardo Año, Richard and Oscar Garin / files from Google (ctto)

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) vowed to take stern disciplinary measures against Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin for allegedly mauling a local police officer on Wednesday.

“What the congressman and the mayor did was abuse of authority and display of arrogance; a conduct unbecoming of men in authority and well-deserving of punishment. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior and will order the removal of Mayor Garin’s deputation authority over the Guimbal police once the investigation results are out,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement on Thursday

Appropriate criminal and administrative cases will be filed against the Garins, once the investigation of the said case is concluded, says Año.

“The President himself was so disappointed and I will ensure that his order to file cases against the Garins will be complied with immediately,” he said.

Also, the Garins’ police escorts were immediately recalled after the alleged assault incident on the police officer.

The DILG chief said that the incident is a clear ground to withdraw the authority of Mayor Garin's over the local Philippine National Police (PNP) unit.

“We will make sure that justice will be served and will run after local chief executives who abuse their authority,” Año said.

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