President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Wednesday there is no threat against Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves, who is being linked to the slay of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo.
“Ang sinasabi niya may banta daw sa buhay niya. Kami naman, the best intelligence we have is that we don’t know of any threat. Saan mangggaling ‘yung threat?” Marcos told reporters.
(He is saying there is a threat to his life. On our part, the best intelligence we have is that we don’t know of any threat. Where will the threat come from?)
He urged Teves to return to the country the soonest possible time.
“The only advice I can give to Cong. Arnie is that habang tumatagal ito, mas nagiging mahirap ang sitwasyon. So mas maaga kang makauwi mas marami pang option ang mangyayari pero kapag masyadong nang late, mapipilitan na ang gobyerno. We have to move without any discussions with you,” he added.
“The only advice I can give to Cong. Arnie is that your situation will become harder if this drags on. There are a lot of options for you if you will return at the earliest possible time. However, the government might be forced to do something if it drags on. We have to move without any discussions with you.)
The President ensured the safety of the lawmaker once he decides to return to the Philippines.
“Mayaman ka naman, may private jet ka naman eh, maglanding ka kung san mo gusto. Sa Air Force base, maglanding ka sa Basa, papaligiran natin ng sundalo, walang makalapit ng isang kilometro,” he said.
(You are rich, you have a private jet, you can land wherever you want. You can land in an Air Force base, in Basa, the soldiers will secure you, no one will be allowed near you.)
Marcos also denied the claim of Teves that he is being implicated in the killing of Degamo due to e-sabong.
“Ang puno’t dulo nito ay e-sabong? Hindi. Ang puno’t dulo nito ay pagkapaslang kay Governor Degamo,” he said.
(This is because of e-sabong? No. This stemmed from the killing of Governor Degamo.)–AOL, GMA Integrated News