NegOr Rep Arnie Teves is “innocent until proven guilty” – Padilla

Sen Padilla Claims Arnie Teves is “innocent until proven guilty”

Senator Robinhood “Robin” Padilla claimed Negros Oriental Rep Arnulfo “Arnie” Teves is “innocent until proven guilty”.

Teves, who is currently facing many charges for allegedly being involved in murder cases, is “innocent until proven guilty” under the Constitution. Senator Padilla used its constitutional provision in advising Teves to return home and face the matter of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo’s death on March 4.

“Alam nyo ako nangyari din sa akin yan sa experience ko nang lumabas ang aking warrant of arrest,’’ the senator said.

Padilla Teves Innocent Guilty

The Senator also revealed that he hid in the jungle for a month and a half before realizing that he needed to confront the charges leveled against him. Padilla was convicted of illegal possession of firearms in 1994 and sentenced to up to eight years in prison. President Fidel Ramos pardoned him in 1998.

“Nagtago din ako 1.5 buwan umakyat pa ako ng bundok bago ko na-realize kailangan kong harapin kung anuman ang kaso,’’ he shared.

“So sa ngayon inosente pa siya, di pa dumaan sa hearing o paglilitis. Kaya sa ngayon ibigay natin sa kaya na siya ay inosente pa,’’ he insisted, based on the article of Inquirer.

House Speaker Martin Romualdez met with Teves’ legal counsel, Ferdinand Topacio, and underscored the need for Teves to return to the country. Teves was said to have received stem cell treatment in the United States.

Meanwhile, Degamo’s wife, Mayor Janice Degamo, petitioned the national government for justice in the Governor’s death and the deaths of several others, which the national government promised. Authorities have stated that they are nearing the end of their probe.

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