- Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) member, accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killings and atrocities when he released his statement at the Senate hearing on Thursday, September 15
- In his statement, Matobato had talked about several issues including the extrajudicial killings, drug connections, and the DDS
- The senators have recommended for him to go under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) but Senator Tito Sotto had said that this should go through a quorum first
Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed Davao Death Squad member, accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killings and atrocities at the resumption of the hearing of the Senate committee on justice and human rights on Thursday, September 15, confessed on the spate of killings in the country.
Matobato had claimed that he was a member of the CAFGU (Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit) before Duterte became Davao city mayor in 1988. Upon Duterte's ascent to power, he was recruited to join the group “Lambada boys” a 7-member group tasked to execute drug pushers, rapists, and snatchers.
In his statement, Matobato detailed all the atrocities of the president, as a mayor in Davao, and now as the President of the Philippines.
We have rounded up some of them for you:
1. on Duterte
Matobato, in his statement, had said that he takes orders from a "Charlie Mike".
2. Ambush orders
According to Matobato, in 2009, Duterte has ordered the ambush of then CHR chair Leila De Lima.
Aside from De Lima, Matobato confirmed that Duterte has ordered the killings of several others including an NBI agent named Jamisola, a dance instructor, and the journalist Jun Pala.
He denied the involvement of the NPA in the Jun Pala killing in middle of the city. According to him, the NPA leaders are friends with Duterte. Instead, he said that Pala was ambushed on his way home, "kasi binabanatan niya [Jun Pala] palagi si Mayor Duterte."
3. on Paolo Duterte
Matobato also spilled the beans on Paolo Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte's son and Vice mayor of Davao City.
Matobato also said that Paolo Duterte had Richard King killed and he became the fall guy for the folly.
4. Drugs in Davao
He also claimed that no drug lords were arrested in Davao and that the current Vice Mayor and Presidential son Paolo Duterte is both a drug user and a friend to the Chinese drug lords.
5. Davao killings
The witness had also talked about the killings that went on in Davao during Duterte's reign.
He also said that then-Davao Mayor Duterte ordered the bombing of a Muslim mosque and the killings of Muslims. “Omorder naman si Mayor Duterte na masakerin yung mga moske ng mga Muslim,” he said. “Kasi parang gumaganti s’ya na binomba ang cathedral. Para na rin kaming terrorist, Ma’am, kasi hindi naman kasali yung bobombahin yung mga Musim,” Matobato added.
6. Rebel returnees
During the hearing, Matobato also said that some of the killings were handled by the rebel returnees. He also clarified the distinction between the Davao Death Squad (DDS) members' and the rebel returnees' duties.
7. Davao Death Squad
According to Matobato, the Davao Death Squad is real and he used to be one of them. In his statement, he spilled information about the DDS.
He also named Duterte's right hand man as SPO4 Arthur Lascañas and the top assassin of the DDS as Alvin Laud.
On Alvin Laud, the son of quarry owner Ben Laud, he said:
"Walang nahuhuling DDS kasi mga pulis yan, walang civilian na DDS," he explained. 8. Cadaver disposal Matobato also detailed some of their methods of killing and disposal. In his statement, he named the Gaisano property in Maa quarry and Jun "Commander Toothpick" Casas as the undertaker.
He also mentioned the officials preferred the bodies cut off and covered in masking tape to delay identification.
9. Compensation and Davao Ghost employees
According to Matobato, together with the rebel returnees, the receive payments from Davao City hall. When asked by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV about how he would prove the allegation, Matobato claimed to have documents and IDs.
Upon clarification from Senator Tito Sotto that he cannot be a ghost employee if he has a record, Matobato clarified that he is a contractual employee.
If you haven't seen it yet, the full video of Matobato's statement can be seen here: