Edgar Matobato, who claims to be a member of the so-called DDS (Davao Death Squad) appeared in the Senate hearing as a witness on the alleged extrajudicial killings in Davao City when President Rodrigo Duterte was then the city mayor. However, Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson noted that his statements have wrong information. Watch the video below.
As featured in live TV this Thursday, September 15, Edgar Matobato said that Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (President Duterte’s son) ordered him to kill a Cebuano businessman named Richard King, who was shot dead in Davao City on June 12, 2014. He said he worked an escort for Paolo, and accused him as being a drug user since he was young.
Matobato added that Paolo is behind the smuggling of rice and crude oil in Davao City. He mentioned that DDS has killed around 1,000 people since 1988 upon the orders of then-mayor Rody Duterte, and that the elder Duterte has ordered the killing of radio broadcaster Jun Pala in 2013.However, he has various contradicting statements which the public heard.
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First, Matobato said that someone brought him into the Senate for the hearing but later he said that he voluntarily came. Second, he said that he was told King, owner of the Crown Regency Group of Hotels was killed in a McDonald branch. However, but Sen Lacson said that police reports said that the victim was killed inside the office of his company Vital-C.
Third, Matobato said that a certain certain terrorist suspect Sali Makdum was kidnapped in 2002 and was brought to the office of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), and was allegedly killed. However, Sen Lacson later said that he Googled Sali Makdum and found nothing about him, and warned Matobato of his changing statements.
Lacson, who was once the PNP chief noted that PAOCTF was abolished in 2001, when he ran for senator. That year, then-President Gloiria-Macapagal Arroyo decided to disband the special police unit after some members were allegedly involved in major crimes, including the murder of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito.
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Sen Lacson tests the credibility of witness Edgar Matobato Part 1
Sen Lacson tests the credibility of witness Edgar Matobato Part 2
Meanwhile, Senator Leila de Lima, who chairs the Senate committee on justice and human rights and among those who asked questions to Edgar Matobato, said she has confirmed that confirmed that l the PAOCTF was legally,abolished via EO 10 series of 2001. However, she said that she received information that the PAOCTF still existed in 2002 and the office was in Malacañang.