Ex-Gov Pryde Teves to appeal ATC's terrorist label
Ex-Gov Pryde Teves to appeal ATC's terrorist label
Ex-Gov Pryde Teves to appeal ATC's terrorist label
by Mhillen Nicole Borja01 August 2023
Photo courtesy: Governor Henry Teves Facebook

Former Negros Oriental Governor Pryde Henry Teves expressed his intention to appeal the decision of the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) labeling him as a terrorist in connection with alleged killings and harassment in his province.

During an interview, Teves mentioned that his lawyer, Atty. Raymund Fortun is currently studying the law to determine the process and grounds for filing the appeal.

“My lawyer called me and said that they are studying the law because this is a new law, how we can appeal it ... if it’s appealable, and where to appeal it,” said the former official.

He emphasized the need to appeal saying, “Kailangan kong i-appeal yan dahil it will really give me a hard time in making a living.”


The ATC recently issued a resolution designating 13 individuals, including Teves and his brother, suspended Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr., as members of the "Teves Terrorist Group" and labeled them as terrorists, with the congressman alleged to be the group's leader.

Maintaining innocence

Teves also expressed shock and distress at the ATC's decision, stating that it has significantly affected him and his family.

“It came as a shock to me and my family,” he said.


“Naaawa ako sa pamilya ko…I’m living a private life, I’m doing my daily grind because I have to make a living and I’m sure this will really affect me a lot, including bank transactions,” Teves added.

He maintained his innocence and denied any involvement in violent incidents in Negros Oriental, emphasizing his family's commitment to living law-abiding and simple lives.

“I’ve always been a law-abiding person. Kahit sa pagturo ko sa mga anak ko makikita mo naman ‘yan. Even my children have been living very simple lives. My direct family has been living a very simple life,” he expressed.

In March, the Philippine National Police (PNP) - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seized several firearms and ammunition during its simultaneous raid on the sugar mill corporation owned by Pryde Teves in Barangay Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.


As the operation continued, authorities recovered more explosives buried in a vacant lot at the sugar mill.

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