Senator Antonio Trillanes IV turned over self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato to the Philippine National Police (PNP) this Friday morning, October 7, at around 10 am. This is after an arrest warrant was issued to Matobato by a Davao court in line with the latter’s case of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition filed back in 2014.
PNP Chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa met Sen. Trillanes and Edgar Matobato at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Shortly, Matobato has his mugshot and underwent the usual booking procedure at Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) NCR office. Nevertheless, Sen. Trillanes appeals for the security for his witness.
Apparently, the arrest warrant against Edgar Matobato was issued after he and his lawyer failed to show up at a scheduled hearing before the Davao City Municipal Trial Court Branch 3 last Tuesday, October 4.It should be noted that the day before, Matobato appeared in the Senate hearing on the drug-related extrajudicial killings in the country.
This Thursday, Sen. Trillanes said he dediced to surrender Matobato to the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City because he does not want to be accused of cuddling a criminal. However, the soldier-turned-senator noted that the arrest warrant is two years late, and the that the timing of issuance is “irregular” and “highly suspicious.”
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Edgar Matobato first appeared in a Senate hearing on justice and human rights then led by Senator Leila de Lima last September 15. There, he claimed that President Rodrigo ordered a series of killings in Davao City when he was still the city mayor. But due to the inconsistencies in his testimony, some senators doubted his credibility as a witness.