First DDS cop denies crimes in Senate probe

First DDS cop denies crimes in Senate probe

- The first of the 22 cops tagged as members of the Davao Death Squad in Matobato's statement shows up in the Senate probe on extrajudicial killing on Monday, October 3

- In his statement, retired Police Senior Superintendent Dionisio Abude admitted to knowing about Davao Death Squad and Edgar Matobato

- Abude also admitted to ties with Duterte during his time as Davao City mayor, but denies killing allegations

Retired Senior Superintendent Dionisio Abude of the PNP is up as the first Senate witness from among the 22 cops tagged as DDS members in the extrajudicial killing (EJK) hearing on Monday, October 3.

The hearing had started off in a showdown between Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano, as the two comes up with differing opinion regarding how the cops will be presented. The rift was resolved by chairman Dick Gordon who ruled for the hearing to proceed.

Abude, in his statement, clarified that his presence at the Senate hearing was meant "to clear two issues" related to him as a former member of the PNP - first, that he was a police awardee and second, that they were into "investigations, following-up cases, surveillance" and not killings.

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In his statement, Abude also admitted to knowing about DDS from the media in Davao.

Senator Leila De Lima also grilled Abude during the Senate hearing and got him to admit that he knew Edgar Matobato because he was the "cousin of a cop friend, former police inspector Eduardo Matobato" and the President during his time as a Davao mayor because he is part of the "civil security unit" in Davao.

Abude, however denied being in Heinous crime division during the alleged planning of the execution for Sali Makhdum.

"I was not yet a member," he claimed.

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However, Senator Panfilo Lacson claimed that he doesn't find Matobato to be a credible witness. Lacson had also earlier announced that the Committee on Justice Chairman Dick Gordon had lined up a three-day marathon hearing schedule on the alleged DDS cops.

Lacson also said that they will relegate the "legislation" to De Lima depending on the outcome of the justice hearing.

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