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DOJ summons expelled congressman Arnie Teves over ‘terrorism financing’

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DOJ summons expelled congressman Arnie Teves over ‘terrorism financing’

LAWMAKER. Negros Oriental 3rd District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. in 2021.

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Teves, who is believed to be hiding in Timor-Leste, is directed to file a counter-affidavit during the investigation set between December 13 and 19

CEBU, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered ex-Negros Oriental representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. to appear in a preliminary investigation on his alleged involvement in financing terrorist activities.

Rappler obtained a copy of the subpoena addressed to Teves on Wednesday, December 13. The document was signed by state prosecutors on November 14.

The National Bureau of Investigation filed a complaint against the ex-congressman for violating Section 4 of Republic Act No. 10168 or “The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012” and Republic Act No. 11479 or “The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020”, specifically financing terrorism and providing material support to terrorists.

Teves, who is believed to be hiding in Timor-Leste, was directed to file a counter-affidavit during the investigation that is scheduled between December 13 and 19.

The ex-congressman has yet to face other charges that have been lodged against him. In August, the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) designated Teves and 12 others as terrorists.

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, Teves’ legal counsel, told reporters that he would represent Teves before the DOJ. – Rappler.com

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