Police tell Garcia son to yield gun

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Suspended  Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia. FILE PHOTO

CEBU CITY—Police are calling on the son of suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and his two friends to surrender their firearms following the cancelation of their licenses to possess or carry the weapons.

The Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) revoked the licenses of eight firearms registered under Pablo “Paulo” Garcia III, three under Jose Marie Primitivo Abellana Cal and four under Tonyson Luther Sun Lee.

Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, director of the Central Visayas regional police office, said Garcia’s son and his two friends should immediately surrender their firearms or face charges of illegal possession of guns.

He also didn’t discount the possibility of police raiding the homes of Garcia, Cal and Lee should they refuse to surrender their firearms.

The Inquirer tried to reach Paulo through his mobile phone but he was not answering calls.

His sister, lawyer Christina Garcia-Frasco, said her brother has not received any letter or notice informing him that his firearms license had been revoked.

Garbo recommended the revocation of the firearm’s licenses of Garcia, Lee and Cal following the altercation that broke out in the evening of Dec. 19, 2012, when the police removed the tents where Gwendolyn’s supporters were gathered to express their support for the suspended governor.

The assembly came after the Office of the President issued a six-month suspension on Garcia for grave abuse of authority.

At that time, Gwendolyn was holed up in her office to defy the suspension order. Her family members, including Paulo, and some close friends were with her in the office.

A commotion occurred when Paulo and his two friends tried to stop the policemen from removing the tents.

Footage from a TV station showed Insp. Alvin Enguito, police ground commander at that time, being hit by Lee in the back while Paulo and Cal were holding the policeman.

The footage was submitted by the police to support the filing of charges of direct assault against Paulo and his two friends at the city prosecutor’s office.

Paulo also filed robbery charges against Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and several police officers for the alleged theft of the tents.

But the assault on the police officer was also used by Garbo as basis in seeking the revocation of the firearms’ licenses of Paulo and his two friends. Paulo runs a family-owned security agency.

In a memorandum dated March 15, Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, FEO chief, said the Firearms Licensing and Restoration Board approved the recommendation of Garbo to revoke the firearms licenses of Paulo, Lee and Cal for assaulting a police officer “who was merely following lawful order.”

The memorandum said the request to revoke the gun license of Garcia and two others was lawful. With a report from Carmel Loise Matus, Inquirer Visayas

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  • Love God

    If they got the guts to openly attack a police officer on duty, they could attack anyone on the street.

    Can we dream of a society without guns?

    • Loggnat

      Yes, we can dream of a society without a gun. We can also dream of a society without criminals and law breakers. Will it be possible for it to happen? I don’t believe so, it is one of those inventions that is like a content of the Pandora’s box. Once it is out of the box, there is no putting it back in as long as the knowledge of how to make it is in the human brain/memory.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Malaysia is an efficient gun less society.

        What a convenient peaceful country compared to Philippines guns tooting disastrous habits drowning the country !

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Look at the political dynasty attitude. The whole family should be sacked from politics.

    • Philcruz

      This family should no longer be allowed to breed. They should be spayed and neutered.

      • buttones

        Ouch!

      • mehetabelade

        Since I started with my on-line business I earn $62 each quarter-hour. It sounds unbelievable however you wont forgive yourself if you do not check it out,,– Buzz80.ℂOℳ

  • Hey_Dudes

    You can almost see the evil grin on their faces…..as if saying….’sure, here’s our guns chief of police. Yes, naturally the police also know beside their licensed guns, more worrisome are the guns not licensed they keep somewhere always ready to be used!

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS

    Oke lang na kumpiskahin ‘yung mga licensed FAs. Pero pa’no ‘yung mga hindi lisensiyado?

  • cato_the_younger

    If the people of Cebu have common sense, they will sweep these people in the dustbins of political history. Mga Cebuano, gamita ang inyong mga utok.

    • pasaway008ako

      Tama ka, dapat mga cebuano gamitin ang kanilang utak sa election na darating.

  • UrHONOR

    MAGAGAMIT na naman ang kasabihang, ‘Kung anong puno, siya ang bunga!” Mula kay Pablo, Sr hanggang kay Pablo III, with honorable mention of Winston, b u g o k!

    • 33Sambuang2

      korek pre. puro bugok pati nga underwater na property binili. inayawan na ni belo yan kasi di na pwedeng maayos ang mukha. dapat dyan face off.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    I hope all our politicians will emulate the good governance principles adopted by the late Jesse Robredo. These politicians feel they don’t owe their office to the people they espoused to serve. I hope they’ll be neutered by God.

  • Loggnat

    What are the justifications for revocation to posses/own the firearms? The firearms were their legal property bought and paid for with their own money and followed all legal procedures to own/posses them by obtaining license for them. I can understand revocation of their permit to carry the firearms but confiscating them without any legal reason is basically wrong. Valid reasons such as, if the firearms are used in commission of a crime or the owners are convicted of a serious crime and then taken away their privilege to own firearms as one of the penalty. The excuse of the Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, FEO chief, the Firearms Licensing and Restoration Board who approved the recommendation of Garbo to revoke the firearms licenses of Paulo, Lee and Cal is that it is for assaulting a police officer. Should there be a trial first and if they are convicted of the assault then they can force them to do away or sell them if they are prohibited to own firearms? One of the individual charged runs a family owned security business, will the government revoke the business’s license and confiscate the security agency? Or if he has a dog that requires a license to own, will he had to turn in the dog if the government revokes the dog’s license, too? Aren’t they presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of justice? Do the government offices have legal advisers to advice them what are legal or not legal to do? Oh! Sorry I forgot that the Philippine judiciary system is a free wheeling and each Lord of the office he officiates is free to tailor his interpretation of what law means. :))

    • Rodolfo Inferido Villarmia

      There is truth in your statement but in the last portion you are comparing apples and oranges so to speak. Now if the son governor and his friends can handily attack a
      police in uniform for enforcing a legitimate order from the person of authority, what can these guys prevent them to molest an ordinary citizen?

      Time for the Garcia’s to be voted out.

      • Loggnat

        They can be stopped by charging them and sending them to jail if found guilty. What will stop the government from confiscating any property that they are licensed to own by ordinary citizen by just charging him/her of a crime and revoking his license to own that property? A property is a property. No individual, government or entity should be able confiscate without legal justification any legitimately obtained and legally owned property be it a firearm, a dog, an apple or an orange.

    • Guest

      Is it also logical to say that if a rapist was successful in penetrating a woman and the court finds him guilty, will the court order the police to cut his penis before putting him in jail? Same is true for a gun owner who happens to kill somebody with his gun, the gun must be taken away from him and serve as evidence against him in the court of law. The only difference is that the penis that inflicted the commission of rape cannot be presented as evidence in court.

      • Loggnat

        The government is not confiscating their firearms for evidence, at least the article didn’t mention the firearms were used or even on hand during the assault of the law enforcement officer. The article said that two of the men charged held the officer while the other one assaulted him. I am really at a lost with the comparison of a male reproductive organ to a property being confiscated. The c0ck is an integral part of the male body and not his private property that can be confiscated if ever a license is required for having them by the government and that license was revoked. :)))

      • les21reago

        Your point is good and there is valid ground…Garcia Lawyer Tranquil Salvador should file motion in Court to questioning the legality of the revocation order and from there we will know this subject.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4NDRNR4NH2Q4EXS7TMWEEAUWGE Pope

    Garcia
    Puts the nasty in Dynasty
    Cebu deserves better leaders than this family of thugs.

  • buttones

    That’s an old file photo, Gwen was singing at the time, [I forget the song]…or was it “Octopus’s Garden” by the Beatles? “Id like to be, under the sea In an
    octopus’s garden … etc etc etc..

  • 33Sambuang2

    no one is above the law. kamong mga hinampak nga garcia dapat ninyo prisohon na. wa nay pag asa ang inahan nimo mudaog dong. pagpuyo.

  • $14334231

    matapang lang yan dahil pag-aari nila ang cebu…..ang mga cebuano ang dapat sisisihin dahil ibinoboto nila ang mga hudas na garcia….kaya, kayong mga cebuano, magtiis kayo at kasalanan n’yo ito…..papuntahin mo ang tatlong yan dito sa tondo at tingnan natin ang galing ng mga yan…..bahag ang mga buntot nyan paglabas ng cebu…..si gwen naman, nagsusuot ng mga pambatang damit pero tingnan nyo ang mukha…..hindi na maipagkakaila na damatan na…..

  • AlexanderAmproz

    An other rubbish Kiram style ?

    To have guns bares responsibility, guns can’t been left in irresponsible hands.

    The Garcia’s Sultans shown regularly irresponsibility attitudes believing they are above the Law.

    As lampposts aren’t good enough to show them the light, the Law should do it at once !

  • isprikitoy

    Ask ko lang po, si Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia po ba ay anak ni Pablo Garcia? or asawa lang nya ang anak ni pablo garcia?….

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Its remember me a Durano challenging an Osmena while saying :
    “he has more money, but I have more guns ”

    The Philippines Trapos and Dynasties have serious education and laws applications problems.

    In fact they are a bunch of dark backwards under-civilized.

    • Loggnat

      Huh?!

  • doublecross

    abusado ang pamilya ni gwen, kung nakainom, sa kanila ang cebu…..akala mo kung sino?

  • MikeCrisologo

    A problem of too much democracy in our country . lol!

  • MikeCrisologo

    Clinging to to their position like LEECHES . tsk! tsk! tsk! .lol!

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