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.
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.
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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