Suspended Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves, Jr. challenged Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla to resign.
This is if Remulla fails to prove that Teves applied for citizenship in Timor-Leste.
In Teves' video message this Wednesday, June 9, the congressman explained that if Remulla's statement is true, he will return to the country.
“Secretary Boying, seryoso na ‘to ha…Hinahamon kita. Nagsabi ka ‘di ba na nag-apply ako ng citizenship sa Timor. Ngayon, paano ‘pag sinungaling ‘yung sinabi mo? Resign ka. Kung totoo, uwi ako,” said Teves.
“Will you take my challenge? That's my challenge to you, saksi ang buong bansa at ang buong mundo,” he added.
“Hindi ako naka-sleeveless, nag-damit na ‘ko nang matino para malaman ng lahat na pormal ito na hamon sa ‘yo,” the solon said.
It will be recalled that Teves is suspected of being the mastermind behind the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo in Pamplona, Negros Oriental on March 4.
Since going to America on February 28, the congressman has not returned to the country because of threats to his life.
This May 31, Teves was again suspended for 60 days for being AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) in the House of Representatives.
Teves dares DOJ chief Remulla to resign
Recently, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) made public that Timor-Leste rejected Teves' request for political asylum.
Meanwhile, the preliminary investigation on the murder case against Teves has been set for June 13.
Stressing by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon this Wednesday, they have issued summons against Teves and five other co-respondents to file counter-affidavits in the case of 10 counts of murder, 14 counts of frustrated murder, and four counts of attempted murder.
Because of this, the panel led by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane Sytat expects Teves and his co-respondents to submit their counter-affidavit on or before June 13.
Teves went abroad this February and has not returned to the country even though his travel authority has expired due to the threat to his life.