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PBBM assures to exhaust legal remedies to bring Teves back to PH; justice to prevail

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. assured the Filipino people on Friday to exhaust all legal remedies to bring ousted Negros Oriental 3rd District congressman and designated terrorist Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. back to the Philippines after his arrest in Dili, East Timor.

“Rest assured that the government will take all necessary actions to bring him back to the country so he can face the charges filed against him,” President Marcos said on his official X account (@bongbongmarcos), referring to Teves.

“I assure the Filipino people that we will spare no effort in ensuring that justice will prevail in this case.”

President Marcos made the statement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed in a Facebook post that Teves was collared at the Top Golf Driving Range and Bar at around 4:00 pm on Thursday.

The chief executive commended the collaborative efforts of the Philippine law enforcement agencies and its foreign counterparts, resulting in the successful arrest of Teves as he extended his heartfelt gratitude to all those involved in the operation.

“I commend the collaborative efforts of our law enforcement agencies and our international partners in the successful arrest of former congressman Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. in Timor-Leste,” President Marcos said.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those involved in this operation for their unwavering dedication to upholding peace and order,” the chief executive added.

Teves is facing multiple murder charges in connection with the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and nine others in March 2023, and three others in 2019. He is currently under the custody of the Timorese police. |PND