BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
BAYAWAN CITY, Negros Oriental – The widow of the slain governor of this province has appealed to Congress to expel 3rd District Representative Arnolfo Teves as a member of the House.
Janice Degamo, widow of the slain Governor Roel Degamo and currently the mayor of Pamplona town, told the media that she had already sent her petition in Congress asking for the expulsion of Cong Teves.
“Meron pa po kaming ibang sinusulong sa Kongreso. I have already signed a petition to expel him from Congress,” the widow told the media in an ambush interview today during the burial.
“Sana suportahan din ng Kongreso ‘yung amin talagang nire-request na he be expelled from the Congress,” she said.
On March 4, this year, Governor Roel Degamo was killed in a massacre inside his house by at least 10 masked men. The suspects barged into the house while the Governor and his staff were busy in the distribution of 4Ps subsidy in coordination with the social welfare office in the province.
Aside from the governor, eight other people also died as the suspects opened fire on whoever they could find inside the premises of the governor’s compound.
The accusation as to the mastermind of the killings was allegedly directed to Congressman Teves after two of the arrested suspects revealed a certain “Cong Teves” who allegedly ordered the massacre.
Former soldiers Joric Labrador and Benjie Rodriguez told the Department of Justice that a certain “Cong Teves” ordered the hit on the provincial governor.
Meanwhile, in a video recorded by Teves, he denied the accusation that he masterminded the killings involving the governor and eight others.
The camp of Teves has requested an extension of two weeks for his travel in the United States saying he is receiving death threats after the governor was killed.
Earlier, DOJ Crispin Jesus Remulla told the media that Teves’s approved travel to the United states was only until March 9. Remulla challenged the congressman to return home and face the accusations hurled against him.