10 Most Striking Lines from the Senate Probe on Alleged Extrajudicial Killings
Who's telling the truth?
(SPOT.ph) Today, September 15, the Senate resumed its public hearing on the alleged extrajudicial killings related to the government's all-out war against illegal drugs. At the helm of this probe is Sen. Leila de Lima, chairperson of the Senate justice and human rights committee. This morning, she called on the witness stand Edgar Matobato, who claimed that he was a hired assassin and member of President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged Davao Death Squad.
We rounded up statements that didn't only give us shocking revelations but also gave a bit of insight into our senators' characters.
"Ex-mayor Duterte ordered our group to kill Muslims in Davao following cathedral bombing in the ‘90s...We buried our victims at the Laud quarry." – Edgar Matobato, 57, Davao City
"Inabangan ka namin doon. Kung pumasok ka pa sa itaas, naka-ambush position na kami doon," – Matobato claimed that the Davao Death Squad were directed by Duterte to ambush de Lima's team in 2009 while they were investigating the aforementioned Laud property.
"My seatmate here is intimidating me...Can Senator Trillanes stop talking to me?" – Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano when Sen. Antonio Trillanes said that he's "compelled to move Senator Cayetano out of order because he is a non-member of the committee"
"I am asking about you, your motive, and your party in this hearing," – Sen. Cayetano to Sen. de Lima before implying that it could be "part of 'plan B' of Liberal Party to get Malacañang”
"You are out of order. May we request the sergeant-at-arms to try to restrain Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano?" – Sen. de Lima when the senator challenged the former to "vet the credibility of witness"
"Hindi ko alam kung ano mangyayari after this. Diyos lang ang nakakaalam." – Sen. de Lima during the media briefing after the Senate probe
"It can only be the product of a fertile and a coached imagination." – in a written statement by Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II on the credibility of the witness
"Dapat maging maingat kayo sa pagsasalaysay niyo. Paano ako maniniwala kung ang tinestify niyo ay totoo?," – Sen. Panfilo Lacson to Matobato. Matobato said that Cebu hotelier Richard King, who suffered from multiple gunshot wounds, was killed at a fast food restaurant in 2014. Lacson, however, reminded him that previous news reports said that he was killed in a Vital C Building in Obrero, Davao City. This screencap from Google Earth shows that right beside the restaurant is the Vital C Building.
"I will not dignify the accusations of a madman." – statement from Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte after Matobato claimed that the presidential son uses illegal drugs, saying "Matagal na 'yon, bata pa lang gumagamit na ng drugs."
"Parang manok lang ang tao sa Davao City. Pinapatay lang nang walang dahilan." – Matobato