Army supports probe on 2 erring Palace guards

THE Philippine Army said it won't tolerate the wrongdoing of two of its personnel, assigned with the Presidential Security Group, who were arrested by the police on alleged robbery in Novaliches, Quezon City on Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, Army spokesman, said the Army leadership is supporting the ongoing investigation against Corporal Bobby Cepe Ates and Sergeant Marvin Gamba Gaton.

"If they indeed committed a crime, it's up to the PNP (Philippine National Police) to investigate. The Army will support the investigation, especially because the allegations against the soldiers are very serious," said Cabangbang.

"If ever they committed a crime, we do not support those kinds of activities," added Cabangbang of the soldiers who are facing a case of robbery and violation of the election gun ban.

Ates and Gaton were arrested last Thursday while at a bar along Mindanao avenue in Novaliches an hour after they reportedly robbed an auto shop. When frisked, the two yielded two handguns.

"Based on their summary of information, they were not involved in any crime. They have clean records, they are also bemedalled soldiers, they have combat medals," Cabangbang said of the soldiers. (VR/Sunnex)


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