DOJ Speaks on Cong. Arnie Teves amid Accusations over Degamo Case
ARNIE TEVES – The Department of Justice (DOJ) spoke on the whereabouts of the Congressman who has yet to return to the Philippines.
One of the names implicated in the death of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo is Cong. Arnie Teves, the representative of the province’s 3rd District. He is the older brother of Degamo’s direct political rival, former Negros Oriental Gov. Pryde Henry Teves.
Degamo and Teves vied for the gubernatorial seat but there were issues. The former unseated the latter after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared him as the rightful winner of the election.
Last March 4, men wearing pixelated uniform entered the compound of Gov. Roel Degamo in Pamplona. The Governor was shot and at least eight others were also left dead by the incident.
One of the suspects in the case claimed that Cong. Arnie Teves is the mastermind behind the plot to kill Gov. Roel Degamo. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Boying Remulla also expressed that 7-8 suspects are pointing to the Congressman’s involvement in the case.
Amid the accusations, Cong. Arnie Teves has yet to return to the Philippines. According to the Congressman, he is concerned about his safety. He is suspended from his congressional seat for 60 days due to his failure to come home to the country despite the expiry of his travel clearance and explain his extended stay abroad.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DOJ Sec. Boying Remulla recently expressed his belief on the whereabouts of Cong. Arnie Teves. According to the Justice Secretary, he thinks that the Congressman is still in Cambodia.
“I think he is still in Cambodia. I think he is still there,” the DOJ Chief said.
There are a lot of calls for Teves to come home. His family including his younger brother, Pryde Henry Teves, also share the same stand of encouraging him to go home and face the accusations against him.
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