MANILA, Philippines – Government prosecutors have now asked the courts to cancel the passport of former Negros Oriental representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves as the Department of Justice (DOJ) hears a new case against him for terrorist financing.

“Nag-file na po ang motion panel of prosecutors (The panel of prosecutors has already filed a motion) to cancel Mr.'s passport. Therefore, we are just waiting for the resolution on that motion,” said DOJ spokesperson José Dominic Clavano on Wednesday.

Clavano said that once Teves' passport is canceled, “he will no longer be able to travel from country to country.”

The spokesperson added that his information shows that Teves is still in East Timor.

“Your only recourse is to return to the Philippines and revalidate your passport. 'Yun po ang ginagawa natin para ma-pression sya na makauwi (We did this to pressure him to return home),” Clavano said.

Teves is facing a new complaint for violation of Section 4 of Republic Act (RA) 10168, or the Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism Financing Act of 2012. He is also facing a complaint for violation of RA 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 for providing material support to terrorists.

On Wednesday, prosecutors conducted their first preliminary investigation, but Atty. Ferdinand Topacio said he has not yet received a copy of the complaint.

“What is established in the law is that if you finance things related to terrorism, you are responsible. The only problem is that I can't say much now because we only found out about this case through the other defendants and their lawyers”, lamented Topacio.

(What the law stipulates is that if you finance things related to terrorism, you are responsible. The problem now is that I can't say much because we only learned about this case through other respondents and their lawyers.)

Topacio added: “So far we still do not have a copy of the action, the complaints-declarations and the annexes. All we did today was ask for a copy and the panel of prosecutors promised they would provide it on December 19.”

(As of now, we still don't have a copy of the indictment, the indictment statements, and the annexes. What we just did was request a copy, and the panel of prosecutors promised they will provide it on December 19th.)

Teves flew to the US in late February for medical treatment, but the travel authorization issued to him by the House of Representatives expired on March 9.

In addition to being implicated in Degamo's murder, Teves also faces multiple murder charges before the DOJ over the 2019 murder of former Negros Oriental Council member Miguel Dungog and two others, as well as complaints of illegal possession of firearms .

Last August, Teves was designated a terrorist.

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