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Timor-Leste denies Arnie Teves’ bid for political asylum —DFA

The application for political asylum in Timor-Leste of suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves has been denied, Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

The DFA said it has received information from the Philippine Embassy in Timor-Leste that Teves is currently in Dili where he submitted an application for political asylum.

“Today, the Ministry of Interior of Timor-Leste confirmed that Representative Teves' application for political asylum has been denied,” the DFA said.

“In accordance with the decision of the Timor-Leste Government, Representative Teves has been granted a period of five days to depart Timor-Leste. During this time, he also has the option to file an appeal regarding the decision,” it added. —NB, GMA Integrated News