Teves was released but subsequently rearrested, says DOJ
Teves was released but subsequently rearrested, says DOJ
Teves was released but subsequently rearrested, says DOJ
by Mary Antalan11 June 2024
Photo from Atty. Ferdinand Topacio

Expelled lawyer Arnolfo Teves was released but subsequently rearrested, Department of Justice (DOJ) Asec. Mico Clavano reiterated on Monday, June 10.

In his statement, Clavano said the former congressman's release and subsequent rearrest was "part of the country's process."

While "he owed fealty to his client", Clavano said Topacio should act accordingly to maintain its integrity.

"The Department was able to submit all requirements ahead of time and in a manner fully compliant with Timor Leste's law. Thus, the statements of Atty. Topacio is misleading, highly irresponsible, and an insult to both countries," said Clavano.


Clavano said Timor Leste police had taken Teves into custody to continue to stand trial, hoping that extradition proceedings would be successful.

"In addition, the former congressman may also still be deported depending on the direction taken by the Timor Leste government in coordination with the Philippines," he furthered.

Meanwhile, Clavano thanked the Timor Leste government's efforts in extracting the former Negros Oriental representative from their country while respecting its legal proceedings.

"We eagerly anticipate his return to the Philippines so he can face the multiple murder charges," Clavano noted.


The statement was made following the announcement of his lawyer Ferdinand Topacio on Monday that Teves has been released from preventive detention.


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