Arnolfo Teves Jr. PHOTO FROM THE INQUIRENT FILE / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

A complaint for alleged terrorist financing has been filed against expelled Eastern Black Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. and 15 others, including his brother, former governor Henry Pryde, and his son Axl, with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

According to the subpoena issued by DOJ prosecutors and addressed to Teves' son Axl, the former lawmaker and his fellow defendants are facing a terrorist financing complaint under Section 4 of Republic Act No. 10168, or the Prevention and Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism of 2012, as well as RA 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

DOJ spokesperson Mico Clavano, in an interview with reporters, confirmed that the latest complaint against Teves and the other defendants was filed by the National Bureau of Investigation.

“We received a report from the Anti-Money Laundering Council and this complaint was likely the result of that report,” he said.

Teves, who has not yet returned to the Philippines, was designated a terrorist along with several others by the Anti-Terrorism Council in August over alleged killings in Negros Oriental.

Prosecutors had scheduled the preliminary investigation of the new complaint for Tuesday.

“The law says you are responsible if you finance things that have something to do with terrorism,” said lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, who represented Teves during the hearing.

However, Topácio said he could not detail the accusations made against his client because he has not yet received and read the complaint.

He said he asked the prosecution panel for a copy of the complaint during the hearing.

“They promised to provide us with copies of the complaint on December 19,” he added.

The former lawmaker was recently located in Timor-Leste, where he sought asylum but was denied by the Timor-Leste government.

Clavano, in turn, said that the DOJ has already requested the cancellation of Teves' passport.

In addition to the pending complaint at the DOJ, the expelled legislator already faces several charges in the courts.

Arrest warrants have already been issued against him on multiple counts of murder in the March killing of then-Negros Oriental governor Roel Degamo and nine others in Pamplona, ​​Negros Oriental.

Arrest warrants were also issued for Teves for the alleged murder of three other people in the province in 2019.


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Teves has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.



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