Teves Criticized Order to “Intercept” When He Arrived from Abroad
Suspended Negros Oriental Congressman Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr criticized the alleged order to “intercept” him when he arrived from abroad.
Teves attacked the decision of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in a video message uploaded on his Facebook page, alleging that Commissioner Norman Tansingco instructed his personnel to “intercept” him before returning to the Philippines. Teves relayed the news about the authorities’ decision to detain him upon his return from abroad.
“In view of the reported arrival into the country of Cong. Arnolfo Teves Jr. today, May 17, 2023, everyone is enjoined forthwith to be on high alert and vigilant to monitor such event, both in regular and special flights.”
“If encountered, please instantaneously intercept the subject, ask for assistance from other law enforcement authorities in the area for security, immediately inform the Commissioner for proper disposition and prepare Incident Report,” reads part of the BI order Teves.
It can be seen in the said message that the Commissioner said anyone with details or information confirming Teves’ arrival should contact him. According to Teves, the government wants him to return to the Philippines for this reason.
“Ito na, lumabas na. ito pala ang totoong rason kung bakit nila ako gustong umuwi. May order ngayon na ‘pag ako ay dumating, ako ay i-intercept,” Teves said in a long video message.
“Ano pang mas nakakapagtaka? Lumabas itong order na ‘to bago pa sila nag-file ng mga kaso laban sa akin. Ibig sabihin, wala pa akong kaso may order na na-i-intercept ako. Ito ay halatang political persecution at pang-aabuso ng aking karapatang pantao,” Teves stressed.
“Palagay na nating, for the benefit of the doubt, may kaso ako. Still, I am innocent until proven guilty. Hindi ako dapat i-intercept, hindi ako dapat hulihin, hindi ako dapat ikulong,” he added.
According to Teves, he will be clean for the first time since he does not want to return to the country. Teves was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the presence of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and nine others. Teves was given political refuge in Timor-Leste lately, but the administration has already rejected him.
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