Senator Bato Dela Rosa Revealed that Teves is Calling Him But He Rejects It
Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa revealed that suspended Negros Oriental Congressman Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr is calling him.
During a press conference at the Senate, Bato said that the Teves is still calling him, but he no longer answers it. According to the senator, Teves contacted him but he did not answer because he did not want anyone to think he was assisting him.
“Ayoko na kausapin,” saad ni dela Rosa. “Pasensya ka na Arnie, kaibigan tayo pero huwag muna, break muna sa communication dahil baka mamaya may issue. I want to stay as clean as I can be,” he said.
Teves is one of the individuals identified by the DOJ as the mastermind behind the March 4 assassination of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and eight others. DOJ Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said Teves is in Dili, Timor Leste, to apply for a protection visa and special refugee status.
According to Dela Rosa, the lawmaker did so because he still does not want to return to the Philippines. The senator also feels that Teves may only obtain asylum in Timor Leste if he “stalks” the country’s officials.
“Depende kung mabola pa niya ‘yung Timor Leste when he says he is being politically persecuted in my country. Baka ma-grant sa kaniya, depende kung mabola niya,” said dela Rosa.
The senator emphasized that there was no politics in the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs hearing on the assassination of Gov. Degamo and eight others, of which he is chairman. Dela Rosa also stated that Teves should go home and answer all of the allegations leveled against him.
Teves departed the nation on February 28 for stem cell treatment in the United States and is anticipated to return on March 9 due to the expiration of the Chamber’s travel authorization. But, for the time being, he refuses to return to the Philippines due to the threat to his life.
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