PSG won't tolerate wrongdoing

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2013 05:45 PM | Updated as of May 25 2013 01:45 AM

MANILA - The head of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) said the organization will not tolerate any wrongdoing of its members but said that the two PSG personnel arrested for alleged robbery in Quezon City are entitled to due process.

Speaking to reporters, PSG commander Brig. Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon said the PSG has sent a lawyer to assist the two arrested members and said that the PSG is cooperating with the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) in its investigation.

"There is a certain thing as due process. While we are cooperating with QCPD for the investigation-and I want you to know that we will never tolerate violations or criminalities in this organization-the soldiers involved also have their rights. So we have also sent our lawyer to assist them," Dizon said.

He gave the assurance that any personnel involved in wrongdoing would be made answerable.

The PSG is composed of 2,000 members from different units of the AFP, as well as the PNP and the Philippine Coast Guard.

"For the most part, they have been doing their jobs well. They have been performing above expectations. Now, if there are a few scalawags within our ranks, there is 100 percent no tolerance for people violating rules, regulations and the laws. So we'll go after them also if need be. We cannot tolerate this kind of activity. As to why they did it, I'm sure they must have their own personal reasons. I'm not privy to that. But definitely, hindi namin papayagan mangyari 'yan dito sa PSG," Dizon said.

President Aquino has instructed Dizon to keep him updated of the investigation.

Dizon reminded PSG personnel of the ongoing gun ban and of the rule that uniformed personnel are not allowed to carry firearms outside their duty.

"Even without the gun ban exemption, our mission order also does not allow us to carry our firearms in KTVs, in restaurants, and public places unless we are protecting our protectee," Dizon said.