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Degamo Slay Case Answer raps, DoJ dares Teves

The Department of Justice has challenged suspended Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves to answer the complaint for multiple murder, multiple frustrated murder, and multiple attempted murder filed against him in the 4 March 2023 killing of Governor Roel Degamo and 10 persons. Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony D. Fadullon said a subpoena has been issued by a DoJ panel of prosecutors against Teves to answer the charges. Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane E. Sytat is the head of the panel of prosecutors that will handle the case. Fadullon, however, did not mention any deadline for Teves to file his counter-affidavit and the date of the start of the preliminary investigation. Earlier, Teves was slapped with a second 60-day suspension as a legislator, as he continued to return home despite the lapse of his travel authority on 9 March 2023 citing “security reasons.” The embattled solon has been tagged as “one of the masterminds” in the killing of Degamo, the deaths of nine other persons, and injuries sustained by 18 individuals. He has denied the allegations. He was reported to have applied for political asylum with the Timor-Leste government which denied his plea. He appealed the denial before Timor-Leste’s Supreme Court. It was not known, as of posting, the status of the appeal. The National Bureau of Investigation filed the criminal charges against Teves on 17 May 2023 in connection with the killings. Aside from Teves, also charged were Angelo V. Palagtiw, Neil Andrew Go, Capt. Lloyd Cruz Garcia, Nigel Electona, and a person identified only with the aliases “Gee-Ann” and “Jie-An,” allegedly a sister of Palagtiw. The suspects were charged with 10 counts of murder, 14 counts of frustrated murder, and four counts attempted under the Revised Penal Code. Under the RPC, murder is a non-bailable offense and a heinous crime. The post Degamo Slay Case Answer raps, DoJ dares Teves appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneJun 7th, 2023

Teves, cohorts facing charges for Degamo slay; warrants out soon

Criminal charges have been filed against suspended Negros Oriental congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr. and four of his cohorts for the killing of Governor Roel Degamo and nine others in an ambush attack in March. This was confirmed by Department of Justice spokesperson Mico Clavano in a news forum in Quezon City on Saturday. Clavano said murder, frustrated murder, and attempted murder cases were filed before the Manila Regional Trial Court on 18 August while the warrant of arrest against Teves is expected to be out “in the next few days.” Teves was tagged as the mastermind of the crime against Degamo. “‘Yung Degamo case po ay na-i-file na rin po sa Manila. ‘Yun po ay nasa korte na rin at hinihintay na lang po natin ang (The Degamo case has already been filed in Manila. It’s in the court already and we are awaiting the issuance of a) warrant of arrest,” Clavano said, noting that similar criminal cases were already filed against eleven other suspects last July. In 2019, criminal charges were also filed before the Bayawan City RTC Branch against Teves and others due to the number of social injustices and killing incidents in Negros Oriental. Following the investigation of the brutal attack against Degamo and nine others in his residence in Pamplona town as well as other political killings in the province, the Anti-Terrorism Council recently designated Teves and 12 others as “terrorists.” Clavano said the DoJ is requesting the transfer of the trial venue in Manila. “Gusto natin na neutral ground ang magiging venue para sa kaso (We want the venue for the case to be in a neutral ground),” he said. The post Teves, cohorts facing charges for Degamo slay; warrants out soon appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2023

Teves seeks Degamo murder raps dismissal

The camp of embattled Negros Oriental Third District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. on Monday filed a motion to dismiss the multiple murder complaints filed against him in relation to the murder case involving Governor Roel Degamo and several others. Teves’ legal counsel Atty. Ferdinand Topacio explained that the motion to dismiss was primarily based on the argument that there is an absence of probable cause and even a lack of “reasonable certainty of conviction” to hold his client responsible for the killings that occurred on 4 March. Topacio said they filed the motion to dismiss on the grounds that the arguments solely revolve around the absence or lack of probable cause, and if Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla complies with his change in quantum or standard before filing the case. He added that it should not only be probable cause, as it should also have reasonable certainty of conviction and they will demonstrate that there is no reasonable certainty of conviction, let alone probable cause. The key reasons that form the basis of the stance of Teves’ camp was highlighted by Topacio in defending the submission of the motion to dismiss which include the recantation of the suspect; the statements made by the suspects linking Teves to Degamo’s murder are hearsay and the suspects’ statements were given without the presence of their chosen legal counsel. Topacio said that even assuming that the recantation has no effect — even in their original statements — there is no strong evidence pointing to Teves as the mastermind behind Degamo’s killing. Meanwhile, Remulla announced on Monday that investigators have gathered independent evidence to hold accountable the individuals responsible for the assassination of Degamo and several others. This comes in light of some suspects retracting their previous statements. But Remulla refrained from divulging further details regarding the evidence, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation. “We possess various independent pieces of evidence. These details will be disclosed at a later stage,” Remulla said. The DoJ chief also downplayed the significance of the recantation made by the suspects involved in the killing Degamo, stressing that recantations are generally disapproved of and should not be taken as absolute truth.   The post Teves seeks Degamo murder raps dismissal appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2023

Teves files motion to dismiss Degamo murder raps

The camp of suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. on Monday filed a motion to dismiss the multiple murder complaints filed against him in relation to the murder of provincial governor Roel Degamo and several others. Teves' counsel Atty. Ferdie Topacio said the motion to dismiss is based on the absence of probable cause and even a lack of “reasonable certainty of conviction,” both of which he said they would demonstrate to the court. In particular, Topacio cited the recantation of a suspect in the case, and that the statements made by the suspects linking Teves to Degamo’s murder are hearsay and were given without the presence of the suspects' chosen legal counsel. Topacio said that even assuming the recantation has no effect, there remains no direct evidence to pin Teves as the alleged mastermind, only hearsay, conjecture and guesswork. Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Boying Remulla announced on Monday that investigators have gathered enough independent evidence to hold accountable the individuals responsible for the assassination of Degamo and several others, in reaction to some of the suspects in the case retracting their previous statements. “We possess various independent pieces of evidence. These details will be disclosed at a later stage," he said. The post Teves files motion to dismiss Degamo murder raps appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 17th, 2023

NBI submits more evidence in Degamo slay

The Department of Justice or DoJ said Tuesday the National Bureau of Investigation submitted additional evidence during the preliminary hearing on the murder complaints over the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and others. Atty. Mico Clavano, DoJ Assistant Secretary and spokesperson, said the additional evidence included pictures and videos that placed the accused at the scene of the crime in support of the testimonies they gave before they recanted. The additional evidence, Clavano said, will automatically support the original statements of the suspects. “Their recantations were just their statements being taken back. But to put them up against actual object evidence such as pictures and videos will be hard for them to defend. These are the additional pieces of evidence submitted,” he said. The NBI also submitted clearer copies of the evidence submitted earlier. The investigation was on the multiple murder complaints filed against suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. and several others in the assassination of Degamo. To recall, accused Romel Pattaguan, Dahniel Lora, Osmundo Rivero, Joven Javier and Rogelio Antipolo had virtually affirmed the recantation of their testimonies. In Monday’s probe, accused Winrich Isturis, Joric Labrador, Benjie Rodriguez, Eulogio, and John Louie Gonyon also virtually affirmed their recantations. Meanwhile, Clavano slammed the camp of the five accused who recanted on Monday for delaying the probe, saying that only the affidavits of recantation of Isturis and Labrador were originally signed. The notarized affidavits of the Gonyons and Rodriguez were not originally signed, he said. Clavano said the lawyers for the complainant-witnesses do not seem to take the case seriously as they submitted mere photocopies of their affidavits of recantation. The post NBI submits more evidence in Degamo slay appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 4th, 2023

5 Degamo slay suspects formalize recantation

An additional five suspects in the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo that also killed civilians have officially withdrawn their previous statements during the Department of Justice ongoing preliminary investigation into the slaying. This development brings the total number of detained suspects who have recanted their statements to 10. Atty. Andres Manuel, one of the defense counsels, said that suspects Benjie Rodriguez, Eulogio Gonyon, John Louie Gonyon, Winrich Isturis, and Joric Labrador confirmed their recantations via Zoom. “The five respondents submitted their sworn affidavits and affirmed their recantations before the panel through Zoom, and these statements were duly affirmed by all five individuals,” Manuel said. Last week, Romel Pattaguan, Dahniel Lora, Osmundo Rivero, Joven Javier and Rogelio Antipolo also confirmed their recantations. The defense expressed satisfaction with the development, stating that it provides a foundation for challenging the multiple murder charges filed against suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. “As we have previously stated, we believe that our case, or this particular matter, is anchored on the statements of the 10 individuals who have recanted,” Manuel said. Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla had previously asserted that the mass recantation strengthens the case by indicating a conspiracy among the suspects. “It further substantiates our claims of a conspiracy,” Remulla said. To recall, Teves has expressed his intention to return to the country once his concerns regarding personal safety have been adequately addressed and has also consistently denied his involvement in the killing of Degamo. The post 5 Degamo slay suspects formalize recantation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2023

Teves’ lawyers want Degamo slay case moved to ombudsman

Lawyers of suspended Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. are asking the Department of Justice to inhibit from the so-called Pamplona massacre case, and have the case transferred to the Office of the Ombudsman where they feel “assured of fairness.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2023

DoJ: Teves raps ‘non-transferable’

Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Thursday said that there is no way that the multiple murder complaints against suspended Negros Oriental Third District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. can be transferred to the Office of the Ombudsman. The DoJ chief’s statement comes after the camp of Teves sought the recusal of the Department of Justice from handling the case involving the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and the subsequent deaths of 10 civilians. Remulla stressed that only judges can be removed from a case through a motion for inhibition. “We are not judges,” Remulla said. To recall, the lawmaker — represented by Atty. Ferdinand Topacio — has requested an immediate transfer of the case to the Office of the Ombudsman, a non-political entity headed by former Supreme Court associate justice Samuel Martires. Topacio expressed concern about their camp receiving a fair treatment from the DoJ, regardless of which prosecutors handle the cases and stressed that appealing the resolution of prosecutors to the Secretary of Justice would be futile due to Remulla’s alleged bias. “If you win and appeal to the SoJ (Secretary of Justice), what will happen to your appeal? It’s an exercise in futility. So that is our plea here. Perhaps, there may be some shred of decency and fair play in the secretary, that he refers it to the Ombudsman since we have grounds to conduct a preliminary investigation under the law,” Topacio said. To recall, Teves and several other respondents have been charged with 10 murder, 14 frustrated murder, and four attempted murder in the deaths of 10 persons and injuries sustained by 18 others. The DoJ’s panel of prosecutors has started its preliminary investigation. Teves has been out of the country even after his travel abroad expired on 9 March 2023. He has been tagged as “one of the masterminds” in the Degamo killing although he consistently denied the allegations. The solon failed to attend the preliminary investigation conducted last 13 June. The panel of prosecutors set another investigation on 27 June. The post DoJ: Teves raps ‘non-transferable’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2023

‘DOJ should inhibit from Degamo slay probe’

The legal counsel of suspended Negros Oriental congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr. yesterday said they will ask the Department of Justice to inhibit from the investigation of the Degamo case as they believe the DOJ is already prejudiced and biased......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 21st, 2023

Untrammelled injustice (3)

This columnist could not help wondering why despite the bossman of the prosecuting arm of the government repeating ad nauseam for several weeks that the Degamo slay had been solved with the arrest or surrender of the perpetrators capped by their sworn confessions, that police raids authorized by the court yielded alleged incriminating evidence and other circumstantial and “solid” evidence all pointing to Congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr. as the brains behind the killing, the government entity tasked to prosecute the suspects could not immediately file the criminal complaint against the named lawmaker. While it was evident that somebody was using the news agencies to trumpet the certain filing of the criminal case and sucking every juice it could squeeze from it for personal media mileage, the length of time it was taking to institute the case birthed the suspicion that something was holding the law enforcers from instituting it to determine the existence of probable cause. Finally the cat is out of the bag. The previous days witnessed the rapid succession of eleven suspects, after getting lawyers of their choice, recanting their original sworn statements confessing to the crime, citing their being subjected to intimidation and torture by the police that forced them to admit to their participation. Apparently, the government body had only the confessions of the suspects to sustain a formal indictment and they could have been probably unsure of their case should the affiants reverse themselves, hence they were sleuthing for other testimonial and documentary evidence to back up its premature and pompous claim that it was 100-percent sure that the case was solved and that Teves and “other masterminds” were behind the multiple murders. People cannot help entertaining the thought that DoJ’s self-aggrandizing and supercilious pre-judgmental conclusion on the guilt of Teves had to be validated by fabricated evidence because it had placed the cart ahead of the horse, hence the predicates must be tailored to the conclusion. That is one way of looking at the suspects recanting their sworn statements. If their claim is true that they were intimidated and coerced into admitting to the crime they had not committed, then there is logic in saying that they were precisely tortured so that their perjured confession and their pointing to others as their accomplices would tailor the narrative that Teves masterminded the murders. What the authors of this nebulous theory had not anticipated was the 180-degree turnaround of the suspects that threw a monkey wrench into what they thought would be a walk in the park in prosecuting Teves. They may have gotten wind of the impending somersault of the suspects and put on hold the filing of the case while they scoured and searched for the much needed proof to nail them. The pressure, however, to finally institute the case weighed down heavily, and since evidently they could no longer justify the extreme delay in the formal filing of the charge sheet, and there had been the unstoppable recantations of suspects, the embarrassed government official put on a brave face and with all the pretended braggadocio declared that the case against all the suspects will be filed on the basis of the recanted sworn statements. What!!!??? Listen to this, they will also simultaneously charge them with perjury!!!  What!!!??? Either this is an attempt at clowning or it’s sheer idiocy. Take your pick. (To be continued) The post Untrammelled injustice (3) appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 11th, 2023

Senate wants tougher penalties for perjury

Senators on Monday called on for tougher punishment and increased penalties against people committing perjury, amid the recent retraction of statements by Degamo slay suspects. During a Senate session on Monday, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano cited the three suspects in the murder of Negros Oriental  Gov. Roel Degamo who recently recanted their earlier confessions before a Senate panel that tagged suspended Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. as the alleged mastermind of the crime. He also mentioned the case of a witness in former Senator Leila De Lima’s drug case likewise retracting a sworn affidavit. Cayetano wants stricter penalties against witnesses lying, especially during Senate hearings. Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said he is very much in favor of Cayetano’s motion to increase the penalties and jail time against those found guilty of committing perjury. “I totally agree that we must toughen our laws on perjury," he said, lamenting that perjury is now becoming a "norm”. “So I think it's about time. Just like [in] the United States, when you give an affidavit, that’s it. When you recant your affidavit, they would file charges against you. This goes on both sides of the political fence as this happened to our former colleague Ma’am De Lima and now in the Degamo case, I think this would cross all political lines,” Zubiri said. The truth should be ferreted out and “if they lied then they should be liable," he added. Senator  Francis Tolentino, meanwhile, said amendments may be recommended for rules under several articles of the Revised Penal Code, including the punishment for the act of giving false testimony in judicial proceedings under Articles 180, 181 and 182. “I think it’s about time to amend the rules in so far as the treatment of witnesses acting with malice and malicious intent and lying in violation of several articles of Revised Penal Code…" However, Senate Minority floor leader Koko Pimentel said the increased penalties should be taken as a second option only. “That should be the second step, but the first step I think is to enforce the current law. No matter what the penalty is, the current law should be imposed. The deterrent effects of criminal law — that’s what is missing,” Pimentel said. Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda backed Pimentel’s motion, saying the government should make sure that the law is implemented accordingly. Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, meanwhile, pointed out that Republic Act 11594, signed by former President Rodrigo R. Duterte on 29 October 2021, amended Article 183 of RA 3815 or the Revised Penal Code, which penalizes perjury. Under RA 115941, persons who commit perjury face a higher penalty of prison mayor in its minimum period to prison mayor in its medium period, from six years and one day to 10 years of imprisonment. Senator Robinhood Padilla, for his part, suggested varying perjury penalties for civilians and for government officials as well as security officials who commit perjury  during hearings or inquiries, while Senator Joel Villanueva stressed the need to impose "bigger" penalties on public officials. The post Senate wants tougher penalties for perjury appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2023

Another Degamo slay suspect recants statement

The case of the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo has took another controversial turn as another suspect in the killing has recanted his statements, particularly the alleged involvement of suspended Negros Oriental Third District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. Just like four other fellow dismissed soldiers who have taken back their testimonies, the suspect identified as Joven Javier denied knowledge of the 4 March, saying that he was merely forced to admit participation. “We have also informed the court that his life is in danger as there is a plot to have him killed,” defense counsel Danny Villanueva said in an interview. He said they will be filing a habeas corpus suit to question Javier’s continued detention. “Mr. Javier was qualified to be a state witness against others who are being pointed to as responsible for the Pamplona massacre. That is the reason why up to this time no case has been filed against Mr. Javier,” Villanueva said in a television interview. Javier was a sergeant with the Philippine Army’s counterterrorism unit Light Reaction Regiment and was regarded absent without leave in 2018. He was among the first suspects brought from Negros Oriental to Manila for their safety. Fellow suspects Jhudiel Rivero, Romel Pattaguan, Dahniel Lora and Rogelio Antipolo Jr. have all recanted and gave similar narratives of coercion on the part of the government. In his recantation confirmed on Monday by counsel Harold Montalbo, Rivero (a.k.a. Osmundo Rivero) claimed the police coerced him to admit his involvement and that he does not know Teves , the alleged mastermind. Three counts of murder and frustrated murder cases have been filed before the Tanjay, Negros Oriental Regional Trial Court against Javier, Rivero, Joric Labrador, Benjie Rodriguez and 12 other John Does. Meantime, the Department of Justice remains confident that they still have a strong case at hand even if suspects retracted one after the other as it added that the plan to transfer the suspects to the PNP Headquarters at Camp Crame will still push through. The post Another Degamo slay suspect recants statement appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 26th, 2023

Teves hand in retraction ‘possible,’ says Clavano

A Department of Justice official did not discount the possibility the camp of Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. had something to do with suspects in the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo recanting their statements. “It’s very possible. We’re looking at many angles here, that’s why we need to be very careful with our witnesses,” DoJ Assistant Secretary Mico Clavano said. Clavano cited the alleged attempt of a former DoJ undersecretary to talk to the witnesses at the National Bureau of Investigation. Levito Baligod, the counsel of the Degamo family, disclosed that the former official tried to bribe detained suspects to clam up. Clavano said they are eyeing the transfer of the suspects to the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. He said there is no current official of the DoJ involved in the alleged manipulation of suspects in the slaying of Degamo and nine others on 4 March. The DoJ official also denied the allegation of Pamplona Mayor Janice Degamo that “someone at the agency” may be manipulating the suspects into recanting their extra-judicial confessions in connection with the killing of her husband. In an interview with reporters via Zoom, Clavano assured that the police officers and agents of the NBI  assigned in the case build-up are among “the best of the best.” “I think the statement of Mayor Degamo was out of emotion and we hope that the credibility of the DoJ is preserved in this case and for the country,” Clavano said. On Monday, Osmundo Rivero, one of the suspects in the Degamo slay case, recanted his affidavits tagging Teves Jr. and his former bodyguard Marvin Miranda as the masterminds. Rivero claimed that police investigators tortured and coerced him into admitting his participation in the crime. Through his counsel, Danny Villanueva, Rivero also filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus before the Regional Trial Court of Manila seeking to compel Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, and NBI director Medardo de Lemos to present his wife Queenie Rivero, his two-year-old son Jophiel and 15-year-old stepson Christian. Rivero said he received information that his wife and two sons were taken from their house by a team of soldiers from the Philippine Army together with members of the Municipal Police Station of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. He claimed his family was taken to the Office of the Provincial Police in Camp Aberlon, Pagadian City before they were turned over to the NBI. But the DoJ said Rivero’s family has been placed under the Witness Protection Program after he initially agreed to cooperate with authorities. Villanueva, on the other hand, said three more suspects identified as Rommel Pattaguan, Rogelio Antipolo Jr., and Dahniel Lora have recanted their previous statements linking Teves to the gruesome crime. Clavano denied the torture claims made by the suspects. “As far as our intelligence goes, no such thing happened. We are very careful in handling these suspects because we believe they are also victims in this case,” he said. The post Teves hand in retraction ‘possible,’ says Clavano appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 25th, 2023

Alleging torture, Degamo slay suspect recants testimony vs Arnie Teves

The suspect, who was among the first arrested in the case, also said he was forced to point to suspended Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. (Negros Oriental) as the one behind the assassination......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2023

Remulla: Authorities ready for Teves’ possible arrival

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said Negros Oriental 3rd District Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves may possibly arrive in the country today (Wednesday), based on information from "a very reliable source" who “may have access to flight data into the country.” “He’s usually a very reliable source for those who come in and out of the country,” Remulla said. Law enforcement agencies have already been placed on alert "so he can be secured properly." Teves, Remulla clarified, will not be arrested since there is no standing warrant of arrest against him yet. Remulla said the notice issued by the International Criminal Police Organization also known as Interpol could have prompted Teves to consider returning to the country. “He’s already on Interpol notice and things are becoming more difficult for Mr. Teves to go around. That’s what was told to me by my reliable sources." “He will likely return, most probably because it’s difficult to go around the world now when you’re already on Interpol notice and it’s already known in ASEAN (Association of South East Nations) that he’s a subject of designation as a terrorist. So, things have become more difficult, I suppose,” he added. Remulla said he would welcome Teves’ return in case it pushes through, considering that the National Bureau of Investigation is formally filing a complaint against him in connection with the killing of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and nine others last 4 March. He said Teves' return would give the latter an opportunity to formally answer the cases against him. “It means he can answer the process of law. If a case is filed against him tomorrow then it can be immediately served to him, that can run accordingly and the cases be resolved by the panel of prosecutors based on his counter-affidavit.” Teves, who has denied any involvement in the Degamo killing, has yet to return to the country after going to the United States last 28 February to undergo stem cell treatment. The post Remulla: Authorities ready for Teves’ possible arrival appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 16th, 2023

Raps vs Teves over Degamo slay under review as witnesses lawyer up

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla admitted there has been a delay in their filing because witness-suspects have “lawyered up” and have since refused cooperation with authorities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2023

Teves camp pushes illegal firearms raps’ dismissal

The camp of suspended Negros Oriental Third District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. has filed a petition to the Department of Justice on Friday to dismiss the criminal charges filed against the lawmaker and his sons Kurt Matthew and Axel in connection with the alleged illegal possession of firearms and explosives. The embattled solon and his two sons were accused of violating Republic Act 10591 and RA 9516 for alleged illegal possession of firearms and explosives, respectively. The alleged firearms and explosives were seized by operatives from the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group during the service of a search warrant in the legislator’s house in Bayawan City last 10 March. Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel of the Teves family also urged the DoJ panel to be impartial despite the claim of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, which was based on the statement of arrested suspects, that the suspended legislator is “one of the masterminds” in the 4 March killings in Pamplona town where one of the victims was Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo. Teves — who is still abroad as there are allegedly threats against his life — denied the allegations of the Justice secretary. To recall, the DoJ panel of prosecutors decided to submit for resolution the criminal charges lodged PNP-CIDG after the filing of the motions to dismiss during the hearing. The panel of prosecutors, according to Topacio has two months to resolve the charges, adding that the panel of prosecutors is time-bound under the 2017 DoJ Revised Manual for Prosecutors, which give 60 days to release the resolution of the case. “The complainants miserably failed to discharge their duty to establish probable cause against Teves Jr. as nothing has been shown to support his alleged constructive possession of any of the confiscated articles, much less of the premises where they were allegedly found,” said the petition. “There is no question on the fact that Respondent Teves Jr. was not present when and where the alleged search and seizure transpired. This is settled from the complaints and supporting affidavits and other documents attached thereto. Physical or actual possession of any of the subject firearms, ammunition and explosives on his part is, therefore, necessarily absent,” it added. The solon alleged that the firearms and explosives were illegal seized and should be inadmissible as evidence. Also, Teves alleged that the PNP violated the rules in implementing search warrants based on the joint affidavit of Barangay Captain Andrew Barte and Kagawad Ulysses Ilagan, who both served as police witnesses, as well as the affidavits issued by the staff of Teves who were present during the implementation of the search warrant and even took videos. The witnesses, according to Teves, disclosed that prior the presentation of the search warrant, members of the PNP’s Special Action Force were already there at the house and were seen carrying large bags. The embattled lawmaker also disclosed that the SAF team members — who are necessarily part of the team implementing the search warrant — broke and violated the most basic of statutes and rules that proscribe unreasonable searches and seizure. The post Teves camp pushes illegal firearms raps’ dismissal appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 6th, 2023

Raps vs Teves over Degamo slay filed next week

Criminal charges against Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. over the March 4 attack that killed governor Roel Degamo and eight others are expected to be filed next week by the National Bureau of Investigation, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2023

PNP: CIDG has ‘strong evidence’ of Teves’ involvement in Degamo slay case, 2019 killings

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Saturday that its Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has “strong evidence” that Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. and several others were involved in Gov. Roel Degamo’s assassination and three other murder cases in 2019. The police statement came after the Department of Justice’s […] The post PNP: CIDG has ‘strong evidence’ of Teves’ involvement in Degamo slay case, 2019 killings appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2023

Perjury raps vs 2 activists underway

Perjury charges are now being prepared against the two environmentalists who recanted their “handwritten affidavit” stating they have “voluntarily surrendered” to the military and declared that soldiers abducted them after they went missing. During the deliberation of the Senate Committee on Finance on 2024 proposed P229.9-billion budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies, Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa asked on the case update of Jhed Tamano and Jonila Castro who earlier retracted what they said in their affidavit. “May case preparation ngayon, inter-agency case preparation for the filing of perjury charges sa kanila. Nire-review lang ang mga sworn statements ng mga testigo (There is a case preparation now, multi-agency case preparation for the filing of perjury charges against them. The sworn statements of the witnesses are being reviewed),” Teodoro told Dela Rosa. In a previous press conference organized by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Tamano and Castor denied that they surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 70th Infantry Battalion. Philippine Army chief LtGen. Roy Galido earlier admitted that the two young activists had tricked the military, contrary to their earlier statements sworn before the Public Attorney's Office. "We felt betrayed that's why we will file the necessary case, to use our laws, just like when you are also betrayed when your clients are betrayed, they file a case against you, so we just have to follow the rule of law in our country," Galido said. Meanwhile, Dela Rosa urged the DND to push through with the filing of perjury charges against Tamano and Castro. "We should do that. I am encouraging you. Grabe 'yung maka-kaliwa, grabe maka-jump sa bandwagon nung epekto na 'yun. Talagang all-out sila. Dapat tayo rin, sumagot din tayo. Parang lumalabas na para bang inaamin na lang natin na totoo ang sinasabi nila (The leftists are really jumping on the bandwagon following their retraction. They are really all-out. We must answer that. It seems like we are just admitting that what they are saying is true),” said Dela Rosa. The senator said the security forces should be aggressive in their actions against propaganda of the communist-leaning parties. Teodoro noted that the intelligence information on the two activists is liable. “Your honor, talagang sigurado po ako sa ebidensya dito (I’m really sure about the evidences),” said Teodoro, noting that the recantation of the two activists is just part of the dramas being perpetrated by the left-leaning organizations. ‘Lesson learned: Be wary’ Dela Rosa also warned the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Romeo Brawner Jr. to be wary of entertaining communist surrenderers. “Lessons learned, General Brawner. Ingat kayo kasi pwede kayong saksakin sa likuran niyan (Just be careful because they can stab your back),” he said. "Masyado tayong mabait, masyado na tayong gentleman. Masyado tayong mapagbigay to the point na 'yun pala, nilalason na pala tayo sa sarili nating tubig (We are too kind, we are too gentlemanly. We are too generous to the point that we are being poisoned in our own waters),” Dela Rosa added. On the other hand, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri emphasized the need to provide sufficient funds for the NTF-ELCAC, to augment the military’s efforts on its Balik-Loob program. “We should help in their budget, we should continue providing funds for NTF-ELCAC, especially in barangay projects because that’s what winning hearts and minds. It has been very successful in Bukidnon and any other provinces,” he said. Dela Rosa supported Zubiri’s suggestion. However, the funds of the anti-insurgency task force are being lodged in the expenditure program of the National Security Council. The post Perjury raps vs 2 activists underway appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2023

Wiping out private armies?

Our otherwise contented political class is definitely on edge with the terrorist branding of suspended Congressman Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. While the innovative terrorist branding seemingly solely targets mainstream politician Mr. Teves, the branding is actually also a live political grenade thrown right onto the laps of the mainstream political class. Mr. Teves’s case is the first time an elected official is officially designated a terrorist by the nascent Anti-Terrorism Council or ATC. Previously, the ATC consistently tacked terrorist tags on red-tagged activist groups and armed extremist groups. But obviously, now it’s on the right side of the political spectrum. As a matter of course, Mr. Teves — the suspected mastermind in the March 4 assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo — is vehemently contesting the terrorist tag and is trying to reverse it. Anyway, we don’t see yet any telltale signs of mainstream politicians taking serious notice of the terrorist branding, much less starting to scamper for cover. But they will certainly have to. Without a doubt, the unfamiliar use of the anti-terror law complicates matters for politicians, particularly provincial-based pols who maintain private armed groups to ensure their political dominance. And, going by how it describes its intention, the ATC is clearly going after private armed groups. “The tragic incident on 4 March 2023, which claimed several lives and left many others injured, is a stark reminder of the threat posed by private armed groups within our country,” the ATC said in its resolution. ATC’s move also comes after Mr. Marcos Jr., in the wake of Degamo’s killing, ordered the dismantling of “private armies.” Mr. Marcos Jr.’s order shouldn’t be surprising. He actually has no choice but to interdict. Otherwise, he violates the Constitution. The 1987 Constitution provides in Article XVIII, Section 24 that “private armies and other armed groups not recognized by duly constituted authority shall be dismantled.” Private armed groups, of course, had long been an ugly blight on our electoral politics, not only on violence-prone Negros Island. In fact, because of private armies, politicians from North to South, both historically and at present, have been paying a deadly price, with probably 100 politicians killed every year. And in most cases, says a 2022 study, “the principals ordering the killings are not investigated, remain in the shadows and enjoy almost complete impunity. As a result, in the vast majority of cases, it cannot be proven who actually ordered the killings.” Such impunities have, of course, morphed into a violent “culture of fear” all over the country. A point ATC emphasizes in its Teves resolution: “The numerous killings and harassments in Negros Oriental which culminated in the assassination of Gov. Degamo must not be taken as isolated and random incidents of violence. A closer evaluation of these killings and harassments have an unmistakable pattern of a rather organized and orchestrated action. These killings and harassments are meticulously and deliberately planned and executed for the purpose of intimidating the residents of Negros Oriental as well as to create an atmosphere or spread a message of fear.” Despite these substantial political issues, no law — oddly enough despite repeated attempts — has been enacted to penalize private armies and other armed groups, which the Philippine National Police says numbered some 155 in 2021. Of that number, police say they consider almost half as “highly active.” Clearly, something sweeping needs to be done against private armed groups to dramatically change the political landscape. Inadvertently, the Teves camp decries the “weaponization” of the Anti-Terror Act, claiming that the government is using it “for the purpose for which it was not designed.” Yet, a private army is unquestionably designed for terror. This fact leaves us with one provocative question: If this government had accidentally found a powerful weapon, does this mean now this government is bold enough to totally wipe out all entrenched private armies? The post Wiping out private armies? appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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