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Teves camp hindi na ikinagulat pagsibak ng Kamara sa kongresista

Hindi na umano ikinagulat ng kampo ni Arnolfo Teves Jr. ang naging desisyon ng Kamara de Representantes na sibakin ito bilang kinatawan ng Negros Oriental.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng abogado ni Teves na si Atty. Ferdinand Topacio na hindi nabigyan ng patas na laban ang kanyang kliyente.

“Today is a dark day for the Rule of Law and the dawning of a new age of the tyranny of the majority, where might is right and the prevailing principle is the Law of Force rather than the Force of Law,” sabi ni Topacio.

Pinatibay ng Kamara ang rekomendasyon ng House Committee on Ethics and Privileges na sibakin si Teves na nananatiling nasa ibang bansa kahit na expired na ang kanyang travel authority.

Inihalintulad din ni Topacio ang naging pagdinig ng Ethics committee sa isang “kangaroo court.”

“From the start of the proceedings, it bore all the hallmarks of an inquisition: the Committee was the motu proprio Complainant, making it both the accuser and the judge; Rep. Teves was never allowed to participate in the proceedings by himself, but only through letters of his counsel, who were never even allowed to present; the hearings, although impressed with public interest, was kept secret, like a medieval Court of the Star Chamber; and the final recommendation shows that there was never a bona fide intention to consider the evidence in favor of Mr. Teves,” sabi ng pahayag.

Ayon kay Topacio, hindi sinunod ng komite ang sarili nitong rules ng ituloy ang pagdinig kahit na ang kanilang tinatalakay ay nakasampa na sa isang judicial, quasi-judicial o administrative body.

“The Committee has refused to heed this rule even after incontrovertible proof has been adduced showing that the issue of Rep. Teves’ designation as ‘terrorist’ is still under review by the Anti-Terrorism Council and that his supposed continued absences are subject of a complaint before the Ombudsman,” sabi pa ni Topacio.

Iginiit din ni Topacio na ang mga social media post ni Teves ay hindi maituturing na “disorderly conduct.”

“Just like the indictments from the Department of Justice, whose neutrality has been severely compromised by its Secretary’s reckless disregard of the law, the action of the Committee, and the validation thereof by the plenary under the iron grip of a Speaker hell-bent on destroying perceived political opponents, the outcome is hardly unexpected,” dagdag pa ng abugado. (Billy Begas)

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