Arnie Teves Refuses To Go Home, Releases Statement for House Speaker Martin Romualdez

Cong. Arnie Teves Apologizes to House Speaker Romualdez

ARNIE TEVES – The Congressman did not make it to the deadline set by House Speaker Martin Romualdez for him to come home to the Philippines and face the accusations.

Negros Oriental 3rd District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. was named by one of the suspects in the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo as the alleged mastermind in the plot. Three (3) suspects were arrested by the authorities a few hours since the attack at the Governor’s compound in Pamplona last March 4.

On a Saturday daytime, men wearing pixelated uniforms barged in the gate of the compound of the Governor in Pamplona. They shot him and several other people who were there. His ally and several civilians also died from the attack.

Roel Degamo's Death
Photo Credit: Philippine Star

During the incident, Teves was already in abroad. Amid the investigation, he released a video where he claimed that he received an information that he will be pinned down in the case.

Arnie Teves
Screengrabbed from Facebook video (Congressman Arnie Teves)

The travel clearance of Cong. Arnie Teves expired last March 9. He refused to go home to the Philippines due to fear for his and his family’s safety. House Speaker Martin Romualdez gave him until March 20 to go home and face the accusations against him. The House leadership and the Philippine National Police (PNP) assured him that security will be extended when he comes home.

The House ethics panel extended the deadline and gave him a 24-hour ultimatum until 5:00 p.m. of March 21, 2023. The Congressman did not appear. He recently released a video apologizing to the House Speaker and stressing that he cannot compromise his safety. His video was entitled, “Hindi ako nagtatago.” He stressed that he really wants to go home but he cannot sacrifice his security. He stressed that there were a lot of army but Gov. Degamo was still killed.

“Boss Martin, hindi ko maintindihan bakit pinipilit niyo ako umuwi… Sorry hindi ko kayo mapagbigyan sa hiling n’yo na umuwi ako dahil hindi ko pwedeng ipagpalit ang aking buhay sa inyong kahilingan. Kilalala mo akong kung gaano ako ka totoong tao… Nakiki-usap ako Boss, ‘wag niyo naman sana akong idiin,” Teves said in his Facebook post.

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1 thought on “Arnie Teves Refuses To Go Home, Releases Statement for House Speaker Martin Romualdez”

  1. Madaling sabihin na fearing for his safety pero mahirap patunayan. Kasama ba niya ang pamilya niya? Yun kasing pag alis niya at pagpatay sa gobernador ay nag-iwan lang ng kaduda-dudang interpretasyon sa nangyare. Kung malinis ang kunsyensya eh di ba dapat na harapin niya ang kaso. Kung sa security naman eh nasaan ang security team niya. Gamitin niya at paki liwanag niya yung sinasabi niya na may grupo na ipi-pin down siya sa kaso. Pangalanan niya.


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