BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
BAYAWAN CITY, Negros Oriental – The secretary of Congressman Arnolfo Teves, Jr who was among those recently arrested by the raiding team of the Criminal Investigation Group (CIDG) has filed charges against some CIDG personnel.
Hanna May Oray, the congressman’s secretary claimed her rights were violated by the CIDG personnel and she filed her complaint at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
The secretary was accompanied by her lawyer, Atty Toby Diokno. Oray claimed she was allegedly coerced and intimadated by the CIDG personnel to allegedly pin down Teves on the murder of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo on March 4.
Oray, together with her husband, were arrested by the CIDG during a raid conducted at the congressman’s house.
She told the media during a press conference in Quezon City: “I was told to cooperate with them and testify against Cong.Teves or they will destroy my life by filing multiple charges against me,” Oray claimed.
The secretary claimed a certain CIDG officer has accused her of being a drug addict and that the police found a hand grenade at their house and this could imprison her for many years.
Oray said: “I was even told to sign an affidavit admitting that it was me who paid the money for the gunmen, but I am just a secretary responsible for paying the salaries of the security guards and other household workers.”
The secretary’s lawyer, Toby Diokno said: “She is traumatized as she suffered emotional torture” during her detention”
Meanwhile, the lawyer of the 3rd District, Representative Arnolfo Teves, Jr was saddened by the ethic’s committee denying his client to attend a committee hearing to explain his side on the recent killing of Governor Roel Degamo.
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio told the media, several requests were made by his camp that Rep Teves be allowed to attend virtually since he is still out of the country.
Topacio said his client wanted to explain his side via a teleconference in zoom which has been a regular practice of the House for those who can’t make it personally for valid reasons.
“Despite several requests, Congressman Teves was not allowed to talk via teleconference to explain his side so that the public would know the truth behind the issues,” Teves’s counsel said.