Headline: Senator Peter Cayetano Spotted the LIES of Star Witness against Duterte for Extrajudicial Killing, Liberal Party is behind the allege Plot Oust President Duterte
Senate Cross Examination over the credibility of the witness against the President of the Philippines over the issues accusing the President for Extra-Judicial Killings was initiated by Senator Peter Cayetano. The said witness Edgar Matobato has been found 100% Lying by several Senators as Matobato's testimony is based on hearsay and he keep's on changing his words which is tantamount to multiple counts of Perjury.
Edgar Matobato's, a resident of Davao City was caught Lying By Brilliant Senator Peter Cayetano over a long Senate Hearing. Delima Fails To Protect Edgar Matobato's Credibility as she was tagged as the person behind the hiring of a false testimony masterminded by the Liberal party to steal Position of our current president
Senator Peter Cayetano Spotted the LIES of Star Witness against Duterte for Extrajudicial Killing, Liberal Party is behind the allege hiring of a False Witness Mr Edgar Matobato, a Former CAFGU Unit Militiaman who claims to be part of Davao Death Squad
Cayetano doubts, De Lima stands by Matobato's credibility
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A self-confessed former member of the Davao Death Squad dropped a bombshell at a Senate hearing Thursday – when he alleged having received orders from none less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself, then Davao City Mayor.
Edgar Matobato, 57, took the witness stand as the Senate probed the spate of killings in the country's drug war.
Matobato said he was part of a group formerly called the Lambada Boys, now known as the DDS, hired by the local government to kill criminals in Davao City.
He said the group slaughtered around 1,000 people since 1988, among them Muslims, criminals, and drug suspects –including minors aged 15-17 who were addicted to "rugby" (glue).
He said some of the suspects turned out to be innocent.
"Parang manok ang tao sa Davao City pinapatay nang walang dahilan," Matobato said.
[Translation: People in Davao City are like chickens who are killed for no reason.]
After killing around 50 people himself, Matobato said he could not bear his conscience anymore. This prompted him to leave the group in 2013 and eventually subjected himself to the Justice Department's Witness Protection Program.
Cayetano: Allegations meant for Duterte ouster
The senators were not quick to believe Motabato, especially Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
Cayetano, Duterte's former running mate in the May 9 elections, told the Senate hearing he sees a political motive behind Motabato's appearance.
"May posibleng motibo sa paninira sa ating pangulo [There is a possible motive to destroy our President]," Cayetano said, after asking Motabato if he knows who the Vice President is and who the members of the Liberal Party in the Senate are.
Motabato said he knows nothing about the political parties.
Hindi ko sinisiraan si President [I am not slandering the President]," Motabato said."Walang nag-utos sa akin na tao [No one ordered me]," he told Cayetano who suspected a drug lord or oligarch who has grudges with Duterte may be behind Motabato.
Cayetano also read before the Senate a letter from the Ombudsman to Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Chito Gascon saying "there is no evidence to support the killings attributed to or attributable to the DDS."
It also dismissed the alleged involvement of Duterte and police officials in the killings in Davao City.
But Motabato maintained the DDS exists, because he was once part of it. Cayetano grilled Motabato long enough for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to make a motions placing Cayetano out of order. Trillanes said Cayetano had consumed a lot of time in the Senate hearing.
"Is this just a demolition job against Duterte?" Cayetano asked.
"We're talking about the President of the Philippines, there is international media here…. What is 10-15 minutes to get to the bottom of this?" Cayetano said.
Cayetano also questioned how Motabato left the Witness Protection Program and how he got into the Senate inquiry, when he was hiding in provinces and claimed to have no cellular phone, television or other access to news.
Cayetano warned to cite Motabato for contempt when he refused to give the names of his friends who helped him go to the Senate.
Lacson questions credibility of alleged Davao Death Squad member Matobato
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday tested the credibility of Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed member of the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS), reminding him that he may face charges if he is proven to be lying before the Senate.
“Hindi ito biro-biro kasi puwede kayong makulong. Binalaan kayo ng chairperson na ang sasabihin ninyo [ay] under oath, wala pa naman kayong immunity,” Lacson told Matabato.
“Wala kayong judicial immunity na malilibre sa kaso at gagamitin na state witness. Yung mga tintestify ninyo ay puwedeng gamitin laban sa inyo,” he added.
Lacson chairs the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, which is jointly holding an investigation with the Senate committee on justice and human rights chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima on the alleged extrajudicial killings amid the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.
In particular, Lacson doubted Matobato’s statement that a certain terrorist suspect “Sali Makdum” was kidnapped in 2002 and was brought to the office of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) supposedly to be killed.
PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa once served as a PAOCTF officer.
“Kinuha namin siya (Makdum) sa itaas ng palengke tapos dinala sa opisina ng PAOCTF. Anim kaming kumuha...Dinala na namin sa quarry at pinatay namin,” Matobato said.
Dela Rosa, however, denied knowing Matobato and a certain Arthur Lascañas who was the supposed “team leader” of the death squad.
And Lacson, former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the PAOCTF, pointed out that PAOCTF has been abolished in 2001.
“Wala nang PAOCTF noong 2002 kasi ako’y senador na nung 2001 at nawala na yung PAOCTF,” Lacson said.
Likewise, Lacson stressed that he cannot find any 'Sali Makdum' on the internet. "Kanina pa ako Google nang Google kay Sali Makdum ... gigil na gigil na ako wala akong makita. Baka non-existent yan."
Later, De Lima said she received information that the PAOCTF existed even after Lacson stepped down as police chief then.
“Even after the exit of Senator Ping Lacson, the information that I got was that PAOCTF existed and the office [was] supposedly in Malacañang and that we can actually verify whether are records or operations of arrest in 2002 or 2003,” De Lima said.
Also during the hearing, Lacson said that contrary to Matobato’s statement that billionaire businessman Richard King was killed inside a fastfood chain, a quick search on the Internet would say that King was shot close range in the head inside the office of his company Vital-C.
“So mali yung kwento ninyo ... yan sinabi ko eh mag testify under oath pero mali,” Lacson said.
In his narration, Matobato claimed that only Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte ordered the killing of King because of a woman, who owned a branch of the said fastfood chain.
“Noong 2014 pinatay ang pinakabilyonaro na si Richard King sa Davao City. Ang nag-utos si Paolo Duterte dahil nagra-rival sila ni Richard King sa babae, yung may-ari ng [fastfood chain], si Ochoa hindi ko alam ang pangalan,” Matobato alleged.
He said two rebel returnees — Joel Tapales and Loloi Gabas — were allegedly tasked to kill King and were given P500,000. However, the gunmen were later also killed. — RSJ, GMA News
Paolo Duterte says accusation linking him to billionaire's slay 'mere hearsay'
Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte on Thursday branded as "mere hearsay" the accusations hurled against him by Edgar Matobato, who claimed during a Senate hearing to be a member of the Davao Death Squad.
Through the Chief Information Officer of Davao City, the vice mayor said, "What [Senator Leila] de Lima and this certain Matobato say in public are bare allegations in the absence of proof. They are mere hearsay. I will not dignify with an answer the accusations of a madman."
De Lima chairs the Senate committee on justice and human rights, which was investigating the extrajudicial killings being linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on illegal drugs.
In Thursday's hearing, Matobato placed on the vice mayor the blame for the death of billionaire hotelier Richard King in 2014.
Matobato alleged that Vice Mayor Duterte, son of the President, ordered the killing of King because of their rivalry over a woman.
Matobato claimed that two rebel returnees — Joel Tapales and Loloi Gabas — allegedly received P500,000 to kill King. The two gunmen were also later killed, he said. —Veronica Pulumbarit/KBK, GMA News
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