MANILA (UPDATE) - Kurt Matthew Teves, son of Negros Oriental congressman Arnolfo Teves, Jr., apologized Wednesday over the mauling incident he figured in last week in Parañaque City, and announced his resignation from his local post.
In a press conference in Dumaguete City, the younger Teves admitted it “was wrong to lay my hands on” the security guard of BF Homes Parañaque last March 16.
“Sa akong pinalangga nga mga kapitan, sa akong mga kauban nga board members, to my fellow Negrosanons, ako mga pinalangga nga taga-Malabugas ug Bayawan City, labi sa akong pamilya nga gapalangga gyud nako, mangayo gyud ko ninyo og dispensa sa nahitabo nga insidente,” Kurt Matthew said.
(To my beloved fellow barangay captains, to my fellow board members, to my fellow Negrosanons, to my beloved constituents in Barangay Malabugas and Bayawan City, especially to my family who loves me so much, I am really sorry for what happened.)
Teves is chairman of Barangay Malabugas in Bayawan City, and is
a board member of Negros Oriental since he is the president of the provincial barangay league.
“Bisan unsa pa ang rason, dili unta angay muabot pa sa pagdapatanay,” he said.
(Whatever the reason, it should not have ended up in physical violence.)
“For that, I offer my sincerest apologies. Apologies to all of you here, and to the other party concerned.”
Teves said he is ready to face the consequences of his actions, including possible court decisions if it reaches that point.
“Having said that, I must respectfully resign from my office as a public official while I face this problem and give time to reflect on my own person as well,” he said.
“As a public official, I will try to do my best. I will strive harder, and come back a better person and a better leader.”
Teves was joined in the press conference by his father and his uncle, Bayawan City Mayor Pryde Henry Teves, both of whom embraced him after he read his statement.
Rep. Teves called on the public not to judge his son even as he denied he was condoning Kurt Matthew's behavior.
“Kitang tanan, naa'y sayup. Akong ibalik, dili ta mohusgar sa usa ka tawo tungod lamang sa usa ka sayup, kay wala natoy gihimo nga mas maayong tawo sa atong isigkatawo," the lawmaker said.
(All of us have committed mistakes. So I repeat, let us not judge a person only because of one mistake, because none of us were created as better than others.)
"To all the bashers, og kunsintidor pa ko, dili ko muingon nga kasuhi ninyo akong anak. Og kunsintidor pa ko, dili ko musugot nga mu-resign akong anak," he added.
(To all the bashers, if I was tolerating my son, I wouldn't have said that they can file a case against my son. If I was tolerating him, I wouldn't have allowed him to resign.)
Mayor Teves, meanwhile, said that now that their family has apologized for what happened, they will try their best to further guide Kurt Matthew so he can become a better person and a better leader.
Atty. Delfin Supapo, Jr. of the BF Federation of Homeowners Association told ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo earlier in the day that the complaint against the younger Teves is already being prepared.
Supapo said they have already taken the testimony of the victim, Jomar Pajares.
“Base sa video, may tatlong suntok, sa dibdib, meron pa sa ulo. Tapos, nung pinaluhod na siya, dun siya sinipa pa… Tinutukan pa siya ng baril. Yun ang testimonya ng ating witness,” Supapo said.
(Based on the video, there were three punches, on his chest, on his head. He was kicked while he was kneeling. A gun was pointed at him. That was the testimony of our witness.)
He said Teves had three companions.
Supapo said the incident happened after the guard barred Teves and his party from entering the subdivision because their vehicle had no authorized sticker.
Video footage of the incident showed Teves and his escort punching, kicking and also pointing a gun at Pajares.
- with report from Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News