• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Oriental Third District Rep. Arnolfo Teves has bared threats against him and his brother, Henry Pryde Teves.
In a video posted on his Facebook account, Teves disclosed that he received information that “three active members of the elite Army’s Scout Rangers were sent to Negros,” and further alleged that one of them, or party members and allies, as their probable targets.
Teves further claimed that a P40 million lump sum has been promised to the three Army soldiers for “three heads.” He also alleged that the three soldiers were given P250,000 each as down payment, left with their respective families.
“I want you all to know that our information is 80 percent confirmed,” the Negros Oriental solon further said.
Asked for comments, Maj. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, acting chief of the AFP Visayas Command and concurrent commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Divisions, said that while he has not yet received such reports, he will look into it.
Teves also said that he received information of the entry of 50 M16 rifles into Negros Oriental from Negros Occidental, which he alleged were bought by their political opponents along with recruiting people from hinterland villages in Negros Oriental.
Again, we received no such information. But that will be verified later if officially reaches my office, Arevalo further said.
Teves asked who is behind the group, because it is surprising how their cellphones are tracked, as “only the military has the capacity to do it.”
The solon called on President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Local Government Sec. Benhur Abalos to validate such information.
Teves also alleged that his brother Pryde Henry Teves was tracked down by five “Army-cut” suspicious looking men that surrounded him at a cafe at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
However, they were noticed by his security escorts and they immediately escaped the area, he added.
Pryde Teves stepped down as governor of Negros Oriental on October 11 this year, following a Comelec ruling that declared Roel Degamo as the governor of the province.*