Malacañang on Sunday supported the decision of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to relieve one of its members who was caught using a cloned automated teller machine (ATM) card.
Earlier reports said Raphael Malacay Marcial, a young Navy officer and a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy-Class of 2008, was apprehended at the ATM booth of Eastwest Bank on Chino Roces Avenue Extension in Barangay Magallanes. He was allegedly carrying a scanner device supposedly used to copy ATM cards, as well as cards bearing different names.
In an interview aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Marcial will have to face the consequences of his actions.
He stressed that PSG members, like all government employees, are “expected to be law-abiding citizens at all times.”
“They must face the consequences of their actions in accordance with the law,” Coloma added
According to him, PSG head Commodore Raul Ubando already issued a relief order for Marcial, who will undergo inquest proceedings in Manila.
“Tinitiyak lang ng PSG na iyong paggalang sa kanyang mga karapatan, sa kanyang mga legal rights,” Coloma said.
He added that depending on the inquest findings, the PSG and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will enforce disciplinary Actions against Marcial.