THE two members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) who were jailed for allegedly robbing a car shop last May 23 were released from detention as one posted bail while the charge against the other was recommended for further investigation.
Corporal Bobby Ates, who is facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and for violating the Omnibus Election Code, was released after posting the recommended P72,000 bail in exchange for his temporary freedom.
The cases against Ates were separately raffled this week to the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 and the Regional Trial Court Branch 81, respectively.
His arraignment on the illegal possession of firearms case was set on Sept. 10, while the court handling the election offense has yet to release the schedule of his arraignment on the other charge.
Earlier, inquest prosecutor Caroline Tobias recommended the filing of the charges against Ates, who failed to present documents authorizing his possession of a .9mm HK USP pistol at the time of his arrest.
However, the inquest prosecutor recommended further investigation on the charges of illegal possession of firearms and for violating the election gun ban against the other PSG member, Sergeant Marvin Gaton.
She said Gaton was able to present a certificate of authority to possess the .45 caliber pistol seized from him by authorities.
The prosecutor likewise recommended for further investigation the robbery in band charges against Ates and Gaton after complainant Richard Tubig, the owner of the auto shop, failed to appear during inquest proceedings.
Without any charge filed in court, Tobias ordered the release of Gaton pending the resolution of the investigation on the cases filed against him.