DRILON – MATOBATO MUST CONTINUE TO TESTIFY IN SENATE
Edgar Matobato, known as a self-confessed member of the supposed Davao Death Squad, must continue with his testimony in succeeding the alleged extrajudicial killings according to Senator Franklin Drilon.
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“We cannot say, at this point, na nagsisinungaling yung testigo, but neither can we accept that his testimony is the whole truth. Dapat ipagpatuloy ang pagtatanong hangga’t mailabas natin ang katotohanan,” Drilon said.
According to Matobato’s testimony included some statements on Thursday that Davao City mayor for over decades, had ordered the killings of bodyguards of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, and also Sali Makdum, the international terrorist.
Senator Frankin Drilon said that if Matobato’s statement is false, then it will be proven over the course of the hearing.
“Dapat sa ngayon ay magingat tayo sap ag-examine. We should not jump into any conclusion,” he said.
He said in a radio interview that Senator Leila De Lima was not required to present the witness because they were not pursuing a criminal case.
“Hindi po kami inabisuhan, ngunit wala naman requirement na abisuhan ang lahat bago magprisinta ng testigo,” Drilon explained.
“Ito po ay investigation in aid of legislation at resource person po itong testigo. Hindi po siya testigo sa isang criminal case,” he added.