President Marcos Urges Teves to Come Home Following Dismissed Request in Timor Leste
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr urges suspended Negros Oriental Rep Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr to return to the Philippines.
“Come home. That’s the best advice I can give him. Come home.”
This is President Marcos’ statement after his request for political asylum in Timor Leste was denied. In an interview, Marcos stated that he and Timor Leste Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak reviewed Teves’ appeal, which was rejected by their government, in a bilateral meeting.
Based on the report, the bilateral encounter occurred in the midst of Marcos’ attendance at the 42nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. Marcos stated that there is an application process, yet he was still denied.
“It turns out that Congressman Arnie Teves applied for political asylum but was denied. Ganun lang. So, I think they will continue to go through the process— may appeal process para sa… for those who are applying. ‘Yun, but na-deny,” said Marcos.
“So we’ll just wait for the process to complete,” he added.
Teves is one of the individuals suspected by the DOJ of being the mastermind behind the March 4 assassination of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and eight others. The Philippine lawmaker traveled for stem cell treatment in the United States on February 28 and is scheduled to return on March 9 due to the expiration of the House’s travel clearance.
But, for the time being, he refuses to return to the Philippines due to the threat to his life. On April 20, Teves Jr. revealed that he phoned Marcos’ cousin in the aim of speaking with the president since he needed to return home.
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