HOUSE Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Tuesday said that 3rd District Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves got in touch with him through a phone call from an undetermined location.
Teves, according to Romualdez, expressed fear for his safety and his family, saying this is the reason why he refuses to return home at this time.
On his part, Romualdez assured him that the Speaker, as the political and administrative leader of the House of Representatives, will exert all efforts to ensure the personal safety of all Members.
“In fact, I have ordered the House Sergeant-at-Arms to coordinate with law enforcement agencies and prepare appropriate security arrangements for his return. Pero inulit ko rin kay Cong. Arnie, he needs to go home and report for work immediately as he no longer has the authority to travel outside the country. Gusto rin naming marinig sa Kongreso ang panig niya,” added Romualdez.
“Kung may kaso man siyang kailangang harapin, dapat niya itong harapin. Dito sa loob ng bansa, at hindi sa labas,” Romualdez concluded.