A Davao Regional Trial Court has just filed a case against Edgar Matabato for the kidnapping of suspected terrorist, Sali Makdum (Salik Muck Doom), and recommended no bail. A self-confessed hitman, he testified in a Senate hearing last September, and accused President Rodrigo Duterte of creating the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).
The said kidnapping case was sign by City Prosecutor Joseph M. Apao on December 22, 2016 and was received last January 19. Aside from Matobato, the other respondent is a certain Sonny Custodio, who was one of the alleged abductors of Salik Makdum on November 9, 2000 in Igacos (Island Garden City of Samal) in Davao del Norte.
Based on records, a ransom money of P100,000 was given to Matobato’s group and was received outside a mall in Davao City, but Makdum was not released. Two days later, Makdum allegedly called his common-law wife, Mirasol Marquez and said that his kidnappers were demanding P3 million. However, that was the last time he was heard of.
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“Pinatay namin, chinopchop namin, at nilibing sa quarry. Sa Samal, sa itaas ng palengke namin dinukot,” Matobato said in his testimony in a Senate hearing, adding that prior to the killing, he brought Makdum to the office of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) in Samal Island. Marquez filed a kidnapping on November 14, 2000.
A few days later, relatives of Sali Makdum talked to CNN Philippines and said that Makdum (a Turkish national) and Matobato were related by marriage. Allegedly, they were supposed supposed to be engaged in a property buy-and-sell business, but it did not push through. One time, Matabato invited Makdum to come with him but the latter never came back.
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According to Matobato, President Duterte ordered the kidnapping when he was still the mayor of Davao City. However, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), was quick to confirm that there was no Sali Makdum on their terrorists list. It was later learned that senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV have been behind Matobato and giving him security.