A fast-increasing number of Filipinos is now calling the attention of foreign media for a fair and balanced news reports about the testimony of Edgar Matobato, who claimed that he was a member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS). This is after international news websites reported about him, and a video interview with him was posted at The New York Times.
“You must have seen the latest video from New York Times–a pre-taped video of Mr. Matobato’s testimony before he even testified. It even came with an English sub-title (readily available!).” MJ Quiambao Reyes wrote on her Facebook page this Friday, September 16. A copy of the said video is available below for public consumption.
“Other foreign news outlets were also provided with one-sided information and testimony of the in-credible witness as he vilified the President. Foreign press were either fed or were only able to pick up one side of the story–and that is, the bad side of the story which some groups want the international community to see and to believe.” She added.
According to Quiambao Reyes, certain groups are feeding the foreign media with inaccurate and one-sided information about the alleged orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to kill people in Davao when he was still the city mayor. She then urged fellow Filipinos to fight the spreading of misinformation about it, and provided contact details of some foreign journalists.
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In a recent Facebook post, Quiambao Reyes mentioned the headlines of some international news websites such as ABC News, Bloomberg, Fox News, Jakarta Post, Japan Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post, about the Senate hearing with Edgar Matobato. She asked both local and foreign media to be fair with their news reports.
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Last Thursday, September 15, Matobato appeared before the Senate hearing with Sen. Leila de Lima as the chairperson, along with senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Alan Peter Cayetano, Franklin Drilon, Vicente “Tito” Sotto, Riza Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV. He said the same things he said on the New York Times video, but with further elaboration.
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Drilon, De Lima, Trillanes, and Hontiveros are all loyal allies of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, while Cayetano was the running mate of President Duterte. Sen. de Lima was the Justice secretary during the past administration, and was recently accused as allegedly involved in illegal drug trade in New Bilibid Prison, by the president himself.
Titled “Memories of the Death Squad (Life on Duterte’s Death Squad),” by The New York Times Associate Video Journalist Ainara Tiefenthäler, the 4:22 minute video featured Matobato, saying that he has been a member of the DDS for almost 24 years. He explained how the group was formed, and provided some details on how they killed people as allegedly ordered by then-Mayor Rody Duterte.
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We at TN checked some of those news reports by the foreign press, and found out that some details are missing. As an example, they did not include Sen Lacson confirming that Sali Makdum, who was identified by Matobato as a suspected international terrorist, cannot be found at Google. Other Matobato’s false statements were also not mentioned.