PNP raids homes of Congressman Teves


Posted at Mar 10 2023 09:55 AM | Updated as of Mar 10 2023 10:14 PM

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MANILA (2nd UPDATE) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday seized several firearms at the residence of Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. in the town of Basay.

This came after a raid on a number of houses and property of Teves in relation to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's (CIDG) flagship project "Oplan Paglalansag Omega," according to a police report. 

Based on a report sent to the national police headquarters, the operation led to the seizure of a hand grenade, several pistols, and ammunition. 

Police Col. Thomas Valmonte, the chief of CIDG's legal division, said the recovered firearms are unlicensed.

“Sari-saring mga armas, firearms, pistols, small arms, long firearms and explosives like grenades and 'yung mga bala ng grenade launcher," said

Teves' lawyer, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, confirmed the CIDG served search warrants on 5 houses. He said he has yet to talk to his client. 

He said unverified reports state the raids were in connection with unlicensed firearms purportedly belonging to Rep. Teves. 

He claimed that all firearms of the lawmaker were properly surrendered to proper precincts in accordance with the implementing rules and regulations on licensing and possession of firearms. 

"Most of them were surrendered a month ago, I believe. The rest were surrendered recently," he said. 

He said he is confident Teves will be exonerated "only for the simple fact that he is innocent of these charges." 

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Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla has said authorities are not excluding Teves from the investigation into the killing of his political rival Governor Roel Degamo.

Teves on Monday said he received information that he would be pinned down for Degamo's assassination. He said he and his clan had nothing to do with the killing. 

Rep. Teves slams alleged attempts to tag him in Gov. Degamo's death. The lawmaker's brother, Pryde Henry Teves, was unseated by Degamo after the Supreme Court declared him last month the rightful winner of the contest for the Negros Oriental governorship. 

Degamo and 8 other people died on Saturday after at least 6 gunmen attacked Degamo's home in Pamplona municipality while he was meeting with his constituents. Seventeen people, including a doctor and 2 army soldiers, were also wounded, police said.

Teves is also facing 3 murder charges before the DOJ for his alleged involvement in the killing of Negros Oriental Board Member Miguel Dungog and 2 others in 2019.

—with reports from Jorge Cariño and Jose Carretero, ABS-CBN News