Police looking into Paolo and 2 friends

Posted on December 28, 2012

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The standoff in the Capitol, entering its ninth day, has focused police attention on the 33-year-old son of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

The family’s manpower agency, GGC Services, which offers security guard services, will also come under scrutiny.

Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo ordered his intelligence officers to check the background of Paolo Garcia Codilla and two of his friends involved in the Dec. 19 incident at the Capitol entrance gate, where a police officer was slapped in the head in a confrontation with Garcia’s supporters.

“We will make intelligence counteraction,” said Garbo, chief of the Police Regional Office- 7, in a press conference.

Garbo ordered a check on the firearms division records of Codilla, Joey Cal, and Tonyson Lee.

The three were named respondents in a direct assault complaint filed by police on Wednesday for allegedly hitting Inspector Alvino Enguito, the ground commander, whose men dismantled tents used by Garcia supporters in front of the Provincial Capitol.

Codilla, in interviews, denied the charge and filed his own complaint for robbery over the confiscated tents against Garbo, Enguito, another police officer and Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

At the Capitol, suspended Governor Garcia yesterday said a police investigation of her son was tantamount to “harassment”. She said the family’s agency GGC Services has been operating for 20 years with all its affairs in order.

The agency is managed by her son Paolo, eldest of her three children. The business includes janitorial services and a gasoline station.

In the police complaint, Cal and Lee were described as former assets of the National Bureau of Investigation. (Codilla, in his separate complaint, said the two were his friends.)

Police intelligence agents said Lee was an owner of the Black Panda travel agency in Mandaue City and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Rho fraternity.

Chief Supt. Garbo said his men were implementing orders from Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale when they removed three big tents and chairs from the quadrangle in front of the Capitol last Dec. 19.

“We presumed the tents were provincial government property,” he told reporters.

The tents were used by Garcia supporters who gathered for a Mass with Gwen that afternoon.

Garbo said the police exercised maximum tolerance and was not taking sides when he sent about 200 uniformed police to the Capitol to keep peace and order on the evening of Dec. 19.

Tension stirred at the entrance gate where a police truck was parked, blocking entry. Crew members of Sugbo TV and Garcia supporters complained when they weren’t immediately allowed to get through. /Chito O. Aragon, Correspondent

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