Edgar Matobato sued President Rodrigo Duterte this Friday, December 9, accusing him of being involved in the alleged extrajudicial-killings (EJKs) in Davao City when he was still the city mayor. The self-confessed hitman also filed complaints against Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and 25 others.
Matabato, who had inconsistencies in his testimony about the alleged existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) when he appeared in Senate hearing, filed the formal complaint affidavit at the Office of Ombudsman through his lawyer, Jude Sabio. This is despite the fact that the law states that President Duterte is currently immune from suit.
In his complaint, Matobato accused President Duterte of violating the following laws: Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) or murder; Article 267 of the RPC or kidnapping; Republic Act (RA) 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act; RA 9851 or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law; genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity.
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A self-claimed member of the so-called DDS, Matabato noted that from 1988 until September 2013 when he said he left the group, there have been more than a thousand murders in Davao City, and that the highest leader of the DDS was then-Mayor Rody Duterte, who allegedly used “Charlie Mike” or “Harry/Hari” or his codename to hide his identity.
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Among the other alleged DDS members included in Matabato’s complaint are Retired Senior Supt. Dionisio Abude, SPO4 Bienvenido Laud, SPO4 Jim Tan, SPO4 Sanson Buenaventura, Chief Inspector Jacy Francia, Chief Inspector Fulgencio Pavo, Chief Inspector Ronald Lao, SPO3 Arthur Lascañas, SPO1 Reynante Medina, and 5 civilians.
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Last Wednesday, the Senate committee on justice under the chairmanship of Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon made a recommendation through a committee report that Edgar Matobato should be charged on the alleged EJKs cases. Meanwhile, Malacañang said that Matobato’s filing of case vs President Duterte is clearly a form of harassment.