CRIMINAL charges were filed Tuesday against a Negros Oriental lawmaker in connection with murders which occurred in 2019.

The Philippine National Police - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) charged Third District Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. and a certain Hannah Mae, allegedly his secretary, before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Two counts of murder were likewise lodged against Richard Cuadra alias Boy Cuadra, Jasper Tanasan alias Bobong Tansan and Rolando Pinili alias Inday, and one count of murder against Alex Mayagma.

Private counsel Levito Balingod said the testimonies against the respondents were provided by persons whom Teves allegedly paid PHP50,000 “per project.”

The cases include the killing of Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Miguel Dungog in front of the Siliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City March 25, 2019.

A former agent of the National Bureau of Investigation, Dungog was supposed to seek reelection in the midterm polls that year.

Two more incidents of killings included in the charge sheets were at Sitio Labugon, Basay town on May 25, 2019 and at Barangay Malabugas, Bayawan City June 23, 2019.

Teves and his brother, Pryde Henry, are also being linked to the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and eight others on Saturday.

Degamo unseated Pryde Henry after the votes of a nuisance candidate, Ruel Degamo, was credited in his favor.

In a Facebook video on Monday, Teves said the accusations against him and his brother were expected but he insisted they have nothing to gain from ordering Degamo’s killing. (PNA)