Reminder to Rep. Teves: More talk more mistake

By Alex P. Vidal

“I’m not usually in a talkative mode.”— Chris Cornell

IF I were Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves, Jr’s adviser, friend, staff, or relative, I would tell the congressman to keep his mouth shut if no one was openly accusing him of involvement in the massacre inside the compound of Governor Roel Degamo in Pamplona, Negros Oriental that killed eight civilians, including Degamo on March 4.

Teves should be reminded of the old adage that says, “More talk, more mistake; less talk, less mistake.”

On March 6, Teves made a long soliloquy in Facebook “hitting back at those who allegedly want to pin him down” for the governor’s murder.

The controversial congressman claimed he “had nothing to gain” from the grisly crime that happened in broad daylight while Degamo was giving assistance to his constituents.

Who accused Teves? If someone had made any categorical accusation the media would have feasted on this story.

There is a saying that “refrain from defending yourself unless you are being accused.”

The congressman added that he and his brother, Pryde Henry, a former mayor, who was recently unseated by Degamo in the electoral protest, could not benefit from killing Degamo.


He complained: “Kung may balak man ako o kakayahan na gawin ito, tandaan niyo kung maybalak man ako o kakayahan na gawin ito, di sana ginawa ko na ito bago pa mag eleksyon. Among motibo ko ngayon gagawin? Hindi rin magiging benepisyaryo ako at ang kapatid ko.”

If he could not fight his blabbermouth or the itch to talk about Degamo’s senseless murder and shoot himself on the foot, Teves should have at least consulted a good speechwriter.

With the help of a good speechwriter, Teves could have just said, “We are a peace-loving family and are totally against any form of violence to settle any political dispute. It’s not in our character and values. We condemn the use of violence against Gov. Degamo and we call on the authorities to hunt down the killers.”

How can Teves’ words be credible and believable when he didn’t even denounce violence?

In another development, President Bongbong Marcos Jr. said he was convinced Degamo’s killing was politically motivated.


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WHY WE HAVE EYEBROWS. Our eyebrows serve a good and useful purpose. If we had no eyebrows, the drops of sweat that form on our foreheads when we get warm would run into our eyes.

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(The author, who is now based in New York City, used to be the editor of two local dailies in Iloilo.—Ed)