Palace confirms 2 robbery suspects are PSG men

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2013 01:43 PM | Updated as of May 23 2013 09:43 PM

MANILA - Malacañang confirmed Thursday that 2 men suspected of committing robbery in Quezon City are members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the two men work with the support staff of the PSG but do not serve as close-in detail to the President.

She said that the PSG is cooperating with the Quezon City Police District in its investigation and that the PSG will not tolerate any wrongdoing.

Valte, however, suspended any judgment on the two men, saying that they are entitled to due process.

"Nakikipag-cooperate na po ang PSG sa kanila (QCPD). Kung ano ho ang lalabas [sa] imbestigasyon, meaning if the evidence on record warrants the filing of charges against these two, then the PSG will not stand in the way. They will have to defend themselves primarily because the PSG does not condone any wrongdoing nor the doing of any criminal act," she said.

Senior Inspector Noel Calayan, head of operations of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 5, earlier said police arrested suspects Marvin Gaton and Bobby Atis for robbing an auto supplies shop on Mindanao Avenue Extension, Quezon City on Wednesday evening.

Calayan said police noticed that one of the men was carrying a gun, in violation of the election gun ban. Gaton was able to present a PSG identification card but was arrested, along with Atis, for violating the ban.

A search of their vehicle also yielded several firearms such as a .45-caliber pistol and a rifle. With a report from Zandro Ochona, radio dzMM