BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
BAYAWAN CITY, Negros Oriental – Congressman Arnolfo Teves, Jr of the third district of this province is facing charges for illegal possession of firearms.
His sons, Kurt Matthew and Axel Teves are also facing the same charges in connection with the recent raid of CIDG operatives to the house of Rep. Arnie Teves in Bayawan City a week ago.
During the raid, operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group swooped down into the known houses of the congressman and seized long and short firearms.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) made it clear, however, that the new case has nothing to do with the recent killing of Governor Roel Degamo.
The new case, the DOJ said, was in connection with the murders of several people that happened sometime in 2019. The firearms seized by the government may have been used in crimes in the province in 2019.
“The complainant is CIDG, and the respondents are Cong. Teves and two sons, Kurt and Axel. These are illegal possession of firearms cases in relation to the three murder cases,” DOJ Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla explained.
The victims in the reported unresolved killings were Miguel Dungog, a former agent of the National Bureau of Investigation who was running for a Board Member position; Pacito Retes Libron; and Lester Bato.
Dungog was shot dead in front of the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City; Libron was shot dead in Barangay Malabugas, Bayawan City on June 23; while Bato was also killed by unknown assassin in Barangay Nagbo-alao in Basay on May 26.
Other workers of Teves who are also facing charges over the killings were Hannah Mae Soberano, Richard Cuadra, Jasper Tanasan, Rolando Pinili and Alex Mayagma.