Byron hits police on SWAT presence, warns of jailbreak

Posted on January 6, 2013

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by Senior Reporter Marian Z. Codilla

Byron Garcia

Byron Garcia

Former Capitol security consultant Byron Garcia lashed out at Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo for detailing Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) members into the Capitol where his sister, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, has stayed in since last month.

Byron, who visited his sister early today, also warned that there will be a mass jailbreak at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) today.

“You might forget, I am the father of the inmates here in Cebu and their sympathies are with me,” Byron told reporters after his visit to her sister’s office in the Capitol since her suspension order was served last Dec. 19.

Byron also challenged Garbo to a fistfight as he questioned the presence of the SWAT team at the Capitol.

About 20 SWAT members had a routine head count count and formation with other PNP members assigned at the Capitol yesterday but left a few moments after. There was no order to physically remove the suspended governor.

“Garbo is so arrogant. Why is he picking a fight with my sister? Why is he putting a superior force dire at the Capitol? If he wants to earn a second star he should send his SWAT to Mindanao,” Byron said.

Gwen appointed Byron as Capitol security consultant on security during her first term in office in 2004. It was Byron who created the program for the famed “dancing inmates”.

But unaccounted donations caused the governor not to renew his contract in 2010. Today marked the first time that Byron talked with his sister in front of the media. “I am here because I am giving pointers to my sister,” he said.

“The inmates of CPDRC are angry over what happened. I’ll invite Garbo and dare him on how to address a jailbreak at the CPDRC,” Byron said. Garbo dismissed his dare.

“That’s just a bluff. Let’s see if that happens. Regarding the fistfight, let’s see what I can do about that,” Garbo told Cebu Daily News./ With report from Correspondent Joy Cherry Quito

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