House of Representatives Decides on Penalty for Teves for Failure to Go Home to PH
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – The lower chamber voted on the recommendation of the House ethics panel regarding Congressman Arnie Teves.
Negros Oriental 3rd District Representative Arnie Teves has yet to return to the Philippines despite the expiry of his travel clearance which lasted until March 9 only. In the country, he is facing several accusations including his alleged involvement in the death of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo.
One of the suspects in the Degamo case accused Teves as the alleged mastermind in the killing of the Governor. Last March 4, men wearing pixelated uniforms barged in the gate of the compound of the Governor in Pamplona and shot him. His ally and several civilians also died from the said tragic attack.
When the incident happened, Cong. Arnie Teves was in the United States as per his claim. Before one of the suspects had named him as the alleged “mastermind” behind the plot, he released a video where he said that he received an information that he will be pinned down in the death of his political rival.
Teves has yet to go home to the Philippines even after the expiry of his travel clearance. House Speaker Martin Romualdez has continuously advised him to return to the country and face the accusations against him. According to the Congressman, he is worried about his safety as there are allegedly threats for his life. The authorities assured him of security when he comes home.
Cong. Arnie Teves was initially given until March 20 to appear at the House of Representatives. The House ethics panel further extended it to March 21 but the lawmaker did not appear.
Recently, the House of Representatives has decided on the penalty against Cong. Arnie Teves. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, with 292 votes, the recommendation of the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges to suspend the Congressman was approved.
Teves is suspended by the House of Representatives for 60 days. In the votation, none of the lawmakers opposed the recommendation and none also abstained from voting.
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