THE Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday said that subpoenas have been issued to compel Negros Oriental 3rd District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr and five others to answer the criminal charges filed against them in connection with the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and nine others last March 4.
Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon said subpoenas were issued following the creation of a panel of prosecutors that will handle the preliminary investigation on the multiple murders, multiple frustrated murders and multiple attempted murders charges filed by the National Bureau of Investigation before the justice department Teves and his co-respondents.
Fadullon said Senior Assistant State Prosecutor (SASP) Mary Jane Sytat has been designated to head the panel.
Fadullon, however, did not say when Teves and co-respondents were required to file their counter-affidavits to answer the complaint.
“Yea, there is a panel headed by SASP Syta and yes, subpoenas have already been issued by the panel,” Fadullon said.
Aside from the Degamo murder case, Teves is also facing preliminary investigation before the Department of Justice for multiple murder charges before for the 2019 killing of former Negros Oriental Board Member Miguel Dungog and two others, as well as complaints of illegal possession of firearms.
Teves denied all the said accusations and pleaded to authorities to look for other possible angles in the killing.
Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla earlier tagged Teves as the “executive producer” in the Degamo killing.
The DOJ has already indicted 11 suspects in the Degamo’s murder.