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9 WITNESSES, 11 SLAYS: SENATE RESUMES PROBE OF WAR ON DRUGS KILLINGS [RELATED: De Lima should explain she spent whole day hearing testimony of self-confessed assassin: Pimentel]


SEPTEMBER 15 -The Senate will resume on Thursday morning its hearing on the alleged extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s ongoing war on illegal drugs. At least nine more witnesses are expected to give their testimonies. Senator Leila de Lima, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, said the nine witnesses would shed light on eight cases involving 11 deaths linked to the campaign against drugs.
“After three weeks since the committee started its inquiry, we have yet to hear the testimonies of other witnesses who can provide up not only the clearer and broader picture behind these killings but also any loopholes in enforcing our laws,” De Lima said. De Lima previously presented Harra Kazuo, widow of suspected drug pusher Jaypee Bertes killed along with his father, Renato, inside the Pasay Police Station early July. Kazuo alleged that the three Pasay City policemen had allegedly accepted P30,000 in the past to "settle" the Bertes’ previous crimes. Another witness, Mary Rose Aquino, had also testified before the committee that her parents Rodelio and Rosalie Campos helped in repacking and reselling drugs seized by the police in buy bust operations. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima should explain she spent whole day hearing testimony of self-confessed assassin: Pimentel...

ALSO: Duterte wants another 6 months extention to end drug menace
[RELATED: Duterte
tells troops in drug war: 'I will protect you']


SEPTEMBER 18 -In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the joint session of the 17th Congress Monday, July 25, 2016, at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In his SONA speech, Duterte said there will be no let-up in the anti-drug campaign "until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars or below the ground if they so wish." AP/Bullit Marquez
Shocked by the extent of the drug problem in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday asked for six more months to put an end to the drug menace and criminality, setting aside a promise that helped him achieve an overwhelming victory in the 2016 polls. Duterte, who vowed to end drugs and crime within the first six months of his presidency, said he did not expect the drug problem to be that serious so more time is needed “to put everything in order.” “Just give me little extension of maybe another six months. I did not have any idea that there were hundreds of thousands already in the drug business,” Duterte said in a press conference in Davao City Sunday night. “What makes it worse is they are operated now by people in the government,” he added. Duterte, whose tough stance on crime enabled him to win by a landslide with 16.6 million votes, said his administration is trying its best to address kidnapping, terrorism, drugs and other security concerns. “That self-imposed time of three to six months, I did not realize how severe the problem of the drug menace in this republic until I became president,” the tough-talking Philippine leader said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte tells troops in drug war: 'I will protect you'...

ALSO:
Next war - Illegal gambling
 (Gambling lords, you’re next).
[RELATED: UN not my boss, says PNP chief amid Extra Judicial Killings (EJK) outcry]
(“If they [UN] want (the killings) to stop, they should also tell drug personalities to stop selling drugs and not to fight it out with police,” he [Bato]said after the Senate inquiry on extrajudicial killings yesterday.)


SEPTEMBER 17 -After a vicious campaign against illegal drugs, the government will next declare war on illegal gambling, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said yesterday. STAR/File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Gambling lords, you’re next. After a vicious campaign against illegal drugs, the government will next declare war on illegal gambling, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said yesterday. “With the President’s call for change in the country, there will yet be no end to wars we are waging. Because after we are done with the war against illegal drugs, in six months, we will shift our sights to eradicating illegal gambling in the country,” Dela Rosa said in his speech at Camp General Simeon Ola in Albay. “While this is already a part of police operations, we will be giving more life and energy to these operations, the same way we did with our campaign against illegal drugs,” he added. Dela Rosa also warned police officers to stop accepting money from illegal gambling operators. “Your hands will be tied,” he said as he recalled his previous conversation with President Duterte about the millions offered to him as payoff by gambling syndicates. Dela Rosa said Duterte warned him that accepting the money would render him useless as it would tie his hands and prevent him from doing his job. READ MORE...RELATED, UN not my boss, says PNP chief amid EJK outcry...

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SENATE HEARING - Not a word from Duterte on Matobato’s allegations
[RELATED: Trillanes - Matobato a 'very credible' witness]


SEPTEMBER 17 -Edgar Matobato, a member of the Davao Death Squad, appeared at the Senate probe on alleged extrajudicial killings. PDI Photo / Lyn Rillon
President Rodrigo Duterte has ignored allegations by a confessed hit man that he ordered the killing of some 1,000 suspected criminals and opponents while he was still mayor of Davao City, while his senior aides have dismissed them. As of Friday, Mr. Duterte had not said a word about the accusations hurled at him by Edgar Matobato in a Senate testimony on Thursday. Mr. Duterte’s chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo, said he saw no reason for the President to respond to statements of a “perjured witness.” Panelo said Mr. Duterte had not responded to Matobato’s allegations because “the lies are so obvious.” “You know, when you watch proceedings that are obviously worthless, you would no longer comment. The people watching will reach a conclusion that this witness is a perjured witness so there is no reason to make a comment,” Panelo told reporters. READ MORE...RELATED, Trillanes: Matobato a 'very credible' witness...

ALSO:
Fact or fiction - Confessed ex-member of DDS links President to killings; Ping questions witness’s credibility

[RELATED: Pimentel on Trillanes-Cayetano clash: You don’t taunt a fellow senator]
[RELATED(2): Leila, Trillanes blast Koko for rejecting, protection]


SEPTEMBER 17 -THE BATO SPIRIT — The reflection of PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa off a marble post looms like a ghostly presence behind Edgar Matobato, as he testifies at the joint Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings on Thursday. Dela Rosa was seated across from Matobato, who confessed he was a member of the so-called Davao Death Squad. (Jansen Romero / Manila Bulletin)
A confessed member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) yesterday surfaced at the Senate and pinned down President Duterte and his son Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte as allegedly behind some of the most brutal and terrifying killings in Davao City. Testifying at the resumption of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights’ probe into the extra judicial killings, witness Edgar Matobato, 57, a former member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU), said the President, who was then Davao City mayor, ordered the bombing of a mosque in 1993 and killing of Muslims he suspected to be behind the bombing of the Davao Cathedral Church also that same year. Matobato also alleged that the President had once ordered the group to ambush Senator Leila de Lima, then Commission and Human Rights (CHR) chair, when she went to the quarry site owned by ex-policeman Bienvenido Laud in Barangay Ma-a, Davao City to search the area supposedly a mass grave for DDS victims in July, 2009. “We waited for you Ma’am. When you went inside, we were (already) in ambush position,” Matobato told the senator who is a known staunch critic of Duterte. “But you did not get inside the office. We were there at the entrance. We were not able to get you. But we’re up there,” the witness further said. It was De Lima who presented Matobato at the continuation of the hearing of the Senate panel’s probe into the spate of killings in the country. READ MORE...RELATED, Pimentel on Trillanes-Cayetano clash: You don’t taunt a fellow senator...RELATED(2), Leila, Trillanes blast Koko for rejecting, protection...

ALSO: Witness Matobato to De Lima - Duterte ordered to kill you
[RELATED: Aguirre: Matobato coached by De Lima; it's a 'pre-emptive' move]


SEPTEMBER 17 -MATOBATO, DE LIMA
A Senate witness claiming to have worked as an assassin for then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte claimed Thursday the tough-talking leader ordered him to kill then human rights chairperson and now Senator Leila de Lima. In 2009, de Lima, then the human rights chairperson, was visiting an alleged dumping ground for victims of the infamous Davao Death Squad in Ma-a, Davao City. Edgar Matobato, who claims to be a part of the death squad, said Duterte ordered his team to kill de Lima. READ: Self-confessed death squad member tags Duterte in killings
Matobato, however, said the plan to kill de Lima did not push through. He said he and his team would have killed de Lima if only the latter reached a certain part of the hilly site. READ MORE...RELATED,
Aguirre: Matobato coached by De Lima; it's a 'pre-emptive' move...


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9 WITNESSES, 11 SLAYS Senate committee resumes probe of killings linked to war on drugs

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 (GMA NEWS)  Published September 15, 2016 4:54am By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News - The Senate will resume on Thursday morning its hearing on the alleged extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s ongoing war on illegal drugs.

At least nine more witnesses are expected to give their testimonies.

Senator Leila de Lima, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, said the nine witnesses would shed light on eight cases involving 11 deaths linked to the campaign against drugs.

“After three weeks since the committee started its inquiry, we have yet to hear the testimonies of other witnesses who can provide up not only the clearer and broader picture behind these killings but also any loopholes in enforcing our laws,” De Lima said.

De Lima previously presented Harra Kazuo, widow of suspected drug pusher Jaypee Bertes killed along with his father, Renato, inside the Pasay Police Station early July.

Kazuo alleged that the three Pasay City policemen had allegedly accepted P30,000 in the past to "settle" the Bertes’ previous crimes.

Another witness, Mary Rose Aquino, had also testified before the committee that her parents Rodelio and Rosalie Campos helped in repacking and reselling drugs seized by the police in buy bust operations.

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Rodelio was killed last June 20, while his wife was found dead the following day.

Thursday’s inquiry, already the third, is being held jointly with the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson.

De Lima said that apart from the new witnesses, also invited were resource persons from the government sector, civil society groups and human rights advocates, media, and heads of law enforcement authorities.

The third hearing was originally scheduled to be held September 5 but Senator Alan Peter Cayetano urged De Lima to move the hearing as it coincided with President Rodrigo Duterte’s appearance in summits held abroad.

De Lima agreed to move the hearing “in the spirit of good faith.”

On Wednesday, the senator reiterated that the inquiry is being held to come up with ways to help the law enforcement agencies improve their performance without violating any human rights or disregarding the due process of the law.

“Let me stress this point once more: the Senate inquiry presumes at all times the regularity of police operations. We are here to find ways to help law enforcement agencies fulfill their mandate more efficiently through legislative action,” De Lima, former Justice secretary, said.

De Lima had earlier cited the investigation as the reason why Duterte was publicly attacking her reputation and linking her to the illegal drug trade. —NB, GMA News

WATCH VIDEO: namin ni Sen. Trillanes na Siya ang Kasabwat at NagDaLa sa Hoax Witness Matobato sa Senate Hearing!
HEAR SENATOR PIMENTEL: WITNESS MATOBATO IS IRRELEVANT, OFF TOPIC WASTED A WHOLE DAY OF QUESTIONING  AND SHOULD BE DISMISSED AS WITNESS.

 
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De Lima should explain she spent whole day hearing testimony of self-confessed assassin: Pimentel Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 16 2016 03:09 PM


TRILLANES BROUGHT MATOBATO TO SENATE HEARING

MANILA - Senator Leila de Lima should explain why she spent the whole of Thursday's hearing to hear the testimony of a self-confessed assassin who worked from 1988 to 2013, the Senate president said on Friday.

Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel said, however, that he will not call out the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, which De Lima heads, for being out of bounds.

He would rather that De Lima "defend her decision why she spent one whole hearing hearing this witness."

"She should now probably justify not only to herself, but to her committee members and to the rest of the senators why this is relevant to her own proposed Senate Resolution no. 9," he told ANC's Dateline Philippines.

Edgar Matobato told a Senate hearing on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte, then mayor of Davao City, commissioned a hit squad called the "Lambada Boys" to kill among others, four bodyguards of a rival politician, a hard-hitting radio anchor, and the president's sister's lover.

Malacañang has denied Matobato's claims.

READ: What a self-confessed DDS hitman told the Senate

For Pimentel, Matobato's testimony is "totally irrelevant to proposed Senate Resolution no. 9." He has rejected the recommendation that Motabato be given security by the Senate because, he said, the upper house doesn’t have a witness protection program, and "if ever we should do so, it must be for a witness which has testimonies relevant to a pending matter in the Senate."

"Actually, kung nakikita natin, for those who followed yesterday’s hearing, it looked more like a trial—people were waiting for the cross-examination, etc. This is no longer in aid of legislation," he said.

Pimentel also noted that the Committee on Justice has the most number of resolutions or referrals and with one hearing for the proposed Senate Resolution no. 9 going wayward, its attention will be divided.

"Uubusin ng Committee on Justice and oras niya at atensyon niya dito sa proposed Senate Resolution no. 9 na lumiko na sa 1988 to 2013. Ano pa po ang maa-achieve ng Committee on Justice?" he said.

[The Committee on Justice will waste its time and attention on this hearing for the proposed Senate Resolution no. 9 which has has now gone back to the time of 1988 to 2013. What else will it achieve?]

Pimentel recalled, when the Senate investigated the Makati City Parking Building 2, the Blue Ribbon Committee was in charge. The Blue Ribbon committee, according to Pimentel, holds hearings "in aid of legislation and [for] accountability."

"Ito pong Committee on Justice, bills and [resolutions] about our justice system, about our human rights regime; bills and resolutions to improve the said systems—justice and human rights. Ang accountability po, wala na po yan sa jurisdiction ng Committee on Justice and Human Rights," he said.
[The Committee on Justice is for bills and resolutions on the improvement of justice and human rights. Accountability is not within its jurisdiction.]

Pimentel leaves it to the plenary if De Lima will be called out of order, but he said he will speak with her and the members of the committee to remind them of the Senate rules.

"We are all grown-ups, so we should read the rules and try to conform our conduct and our language pursuant to our rules, our customs, and our accepted practices," he said.

He added, it is good that there is difference of opinion among senators as displayed by Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV, but reminded that there is a proper way to do it.

WATCH: Cayetano, Trillanes clash in Senate hearing

"We should be glad that there is a clash of ideas, a clash of positions, but let us avoid the intrusion into the physical spaces of the senator. Mayroon dapat, there should be a field of space where a fellow senator should not intrude anymore," he said.
"Kung mayroon kang reklamo that somebody is dominating the discussion, it’s correct to bring it now to the attention of the chair. You wait for the chair to rule and you let the chair implement her ruling. You do not implement your own ruling," he added.

WATCH VIDEO: Senator Cayetano slams De lima : 'You're not Matobato's lawyer' | Senate Hearing on EJK

 
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PHILSTAR

Duterte wants another 6 months to end drug menace By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated September 18, 2016 - 9:40pm 8 112 googleplus0 1


In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the joint session of the 17th Congress Monday, July 25, 2016, at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In his SONA speech, Duterte said there will be no let-up in the anti-drug campaign "until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars or below the ground if they so wish." AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — Shocked by the extent of the drug problem in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday asked for six more months to put an end to the drug menace and criminality, setting aside a promise that helped him achieve an overwhelming victory in the 2016 polls.

Duterte, who vowed to end drugs and crime within the first six months of his presidency, said he did not expect the drug problem to be that serious so more time is needed “to put everything in order.”

“Just give me little extension of maybe another six months. I did not have any idea that there were hundreds of thousands already in the drug business,” Duterte said in a press conference in Davao City Sunday night.

“What makes it worse is they are operated now by people in the government,” he added.

Duterte, whose tough stance on crime enabled him to win by a landslide with 16.6 million votes, said his administration is trying its best to address kidnapping, terrorism, drugs and other security concerns.

“That self-imposed time of three to six months, I did not realize how severe the problem of the drug menace in this republic until I became president,” the tough-talking Philippine leader said.

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“When I started to press everybody, it’s like worm out of the can. Nobody would believe there are about 700,000 new guys in the drug business who surrendered to the police and military,” he added.

Duterte has said that the new list of government workers with alleged links to narcotics is “thick” and contains about 1,000 names.

“The problem is I can’t kill them all,” the president said.

“Even if I wanted to, I can’t kill them all because the last report would be this thick.”

Duterte said prominent in the list are barangay or village chiefs who are conniving with or extending assistance to terrorists and drug lords. The prevalence of village officials with connections to illegal drugs, he added, is the main reason why he is in favor of postponing the barangay polls.

“We have narco-politicians in the lowest government unit, which is the barangay. That will be the start of maybe our perdition and agony,” the president said.

“I received reports from the military, police and the validation of PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency). The list is there before me about two months ago but I ordered revalidation just to make sure,” he added.

Duterte said policemen are no longer allowed to serve as bodyguards of barangay captains to “defang” village officials who are into illegal drugs.

“If you’re afraid of being killed in rural areas with NPAs (New People’s Army), don’t run for public office. Find another occupation,” he said.

Officials said there are about 3.7 million drug addicts in the Philippines, a figure that they said reflects a problem of “epidemic proportions.”

To address the problem, Duterte declared a brutal war against drugs, a campaign that has so far claimed the lives of about 3,000 suspected drug offenders.

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Duterte tells troops in drug war: 'I will protect you' amid int'l criticism ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 17 2016 05:42 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday promised to "protect" policemen and soldiers at the forefront of his bloody war on drugs, amid mounting international criticism.

Speaking before army troops in Isabela province, Duterte brandished a list of village chiefs, policemen, soldiers, and mayors whom he accused of involvement in the illegal drug trade.

"I will protect you. I will not allow one policeman or one military to go to jail," he said.

Duterte said he was ready to go to jail in place of his men.

"Lahat ng gawin mo, utos iyan ni Mayor Duterte...Siya ang ikulong ninyo. Ako ang magpapakulong. [Tell them you are taking orders from Mayor Duterte... Jail him. I am willing to go to jail]. Just do what is the mandate of the Constitution, at ako ang bahala sa inyo [I will take care of you]," he said.

The United Nations, the United States and various human rights groups have expressed alarm at the hundreds of drug suspects killed since Duterte assumed office on June 30.

LOOK: Drug war deaths land on TIME cover


Photo by Noel Celis, AFP/Getty Images

Duterte said the Philippines risked going into a "tailspin" unless the drug lords and their protectors in government are stopped. "Ito ang pinakamabigat, corruption ito at crime [This is the gravest combination, corruption and crime]."

Expressing displeasure at policemen on the take, the President said: "How can I build a case na ganito? Sabi ng human rights, you build a case then you file [How can I build a case? Human rights said build a case and file]"

He repeated the names of Naguilian, La Union Mayor Reynaldo Flores, and retired police general and now Daantabayan Mayor Vicente Loot, who were previously linked to the drug trade.

"What does it mean? It means that wherever he was assigned, he was into drugs," he said of Loot.

READ: Duterte's list: Narco politicos, lawmen, judges


PHILSTAR

Next war: Illegal gambling By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 17, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


After a vicious campaign against illegal drugs, the government will next declare war on illegal gambling, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said yesterday. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Gambling lords, you’re next.

After a vicious campaign against illegal drugs, the government will next declare war on illegal gambling, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said yesterday. “With the President’s call for change in the country, there will yet be no end to wars we are waging. Because after we are done with the war against illegal drugs, in six months, we will shift our sights to eradicating illegal gambling in the country,” Dela Rosa said in his speech at Camp General Simeon Ola in Albay.

“While this is already a part of police operations, we will be giving more life and energy to these operations, the same way we did with our campaign against illegal drugs,” he added.

Dela Rosa also warned police officers to stop accepting money from illegal gambling operators.

“Your hands will be tied,” he said as he recalled his previous conversation with President Duterte about the millions offered to him as payoff by gambling syndicates.

Dela Rosa said Duterte warned him that accepting the money would render him useless as it would tie his hands and prevent him from doing his job.

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Dela Rosa noted incidents in some regions where police officers who accepted illegal gambling payoffs faced a problem implementing the campaign on illegal drugs as both syndicates use the same network.

“They did not know that those behind the illegal gambling are also behind the illegal drugs,” he added in Filipino.

Speaking to reporters following his speech, Dela Rosa expressed confidence that the campaign against illegal gambling would not be as bloody as the war on drugs and may succeed in less than six months.

“They are not drug-crazed who do not understand. Gambling lords will not fire at you,” he added in Filipino.

The police official expressed hope that they will still get the support of the public once they tackle illegal gambling, although he admitted that many earn their livelihood from such activities.

“Although that is illegal… many lives depend (on illegal gambling)… If you are involved in gambling, your brain will not shrink. You’re still sane. But your moral values (are compromised) because that’s illegal, against the law,” added Dela Rosa.

Winning the war

More than two months since the new administration took office, the PNP chief said the government is slowly winning the war against illegal drugs.

“We are seeing tremendous gains and slowly but surely winning the streets from the illegal drug menace while removing the fear and violence in the heart of our countrymen,” Dela Rosa said.

“The good news is that we significantly reduced the supply of illegal drugs in the country by some 80 to 90 percent through project double barrel and Oplan Tokhang. We have visited more than 850,000 houses resulting in the surrender of more than 720,000 drug personalities and arrested more than 15,700 pushers and users nationwide,” he added.

He urged police officers to continue with the relentless campaign and ensure that the human rights of those involved are respected.

“If we started strong in the past two months, let us continue even stronger in the next four months… The President is confident that we will win this war in six months and we are one with him in this effort,” said the PNP chief.

“Following the recent Davao bombing, we must be more vigilant and alert in all forms of violence. Bear in mind that we are not only focusing on the illegal drug problem. Terrorism is once more rearing its ugly head and we cannot afford to let our guard down now,” he added.

He also reminded the police not to overlook other crimes that threaten Filipinos, such as petty street crimes, robbery and kidnapping.

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UN not my boss, says PNP chief amid EJK outcry Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 16 September 2016 00:00 font size decrease font size increase font size Print 3 comments By Mario J. Mallari and Ted Tuvera


'BATO' DE LA ROSA vowed war vs drugs: “They (drug lords) will continue to get richer. How about the future of the Philippines?” asked de la Rosa.

Toeing President Rodrigo Duterte’s line on the government’s policy in eradicating the narcotics problem in the country, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa trained his guns on the United Nations for highlighting cases of alleged extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the country, instead of looking at the extent of illegal drug menace.

“If they want (the killings) to stop, they should also tell drug personalities to stop selling drugs and not to fight it out with police,” he said after the Senate inquiry on extrajudicial killings yesterday.

De la Rosa stressed he would rather not entertain criticisms from foreigners as he vowed to continue the war against illegal drugs.

He maintained that stopping the campaign against the narcotics trade would only benefit the drug lords.

“They (drug lords) will continue to get richer. How about the future of the Philippines?” asked de la Rosa.

“I’d rather have a national police force run like hell by a Filipino than to have a national police force run like heaven under the dictates of foreigners. Why should they dictate on us in our job, they are not my boss,” de la Rosa said.

As of yesterday, the PNP chief said a total of 1,506 suspected drug personalities had been killed during actual police operations throughout the country since he assumed office last July 1 while a total of 2,035 cases of deaths are under investigation (DUI) or the so-called extra judicial killings were recorded from July 1 to Sept. 15.

“The Filipino people are very happy with what is happening now in the Philippines. Why should I even entertain them (foreigners),” de la Rosa pointed out.

A senior Malacañang official, for his part, said despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s tendency to threaten criminals during his public addresses, there has been no actual order for authorities to shoot criminals on sight.

“There is no written order that states that (shoot-to-kill). What is stated is that they can shoot in order to protect themselves,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told a press briefing.

“The written directive really is that: You have to defend yourself if they resist arrest,” he stressed.

As to the President’s pronouncements in public, Abella said Duterte’s messages are layered.

“If you listen to him, like we said earlier, his messages are layered and part of this is addressed to criminals. He justified his tendency to threaten criminals. So that part of the messaging is really addressed to criminals,” the Palace official said.

Abella also stressed said the same issue has already been addressed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Ambassador Cecilia Rebong, Permanent Philippine Represen-tative to the UN in Geneva, gave the Philippine statement on the second day of the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council, belying the UN High Commissioner’s statement that President Duterte has a shoot-to-kill order for drug suspects.

“Rebong stated that Duterte never empowered police officers to shoot-to-kill any individual whom they suspected of drug crimes,” Abella said.

Rebong on Wednesday stressed the Philippine police have the right to defend themselves when drug suspects violently resist arrest.


INQUIRER

Not a word from Duterte on Matobato’s allegations By: Leila B. Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:16 AM September 17th, 2016


SEPTEMBER 17 -Edgar Matobato, a member of the Davao Death Squad, appeared at the Senate probe on alleged extrajudicial killings. PDI Photo / Lyn Rillon

President Rodrigo Duterte has ignored allegations by a confessed hit man that he ordered the killing of some 1,000 suspected criminals and opponents while he was still mayor of Davao City, while his senior aides have dismissed them.

As of Friday, Mr. Duterte had not said a word about the accusations hurled at him by Edgar Matobato in a Senate testimony on Thursday.

Mr. Duterte’s chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo, said he saw no reason for the President to respond to statements of a “perjured witness.”

Panelo said Mr. Duterte had not responded to Matobato’s allegations because “the lies are so obvious.”

“You know, when you watch proceedings that are obviously worthless, you would no longer comment. The people watching will reach a conclusion that this witness is a perjured witness so there is no reason to make a comment,” Panelo told reporters.

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He added that he himself was talking about the issue because reporters sought his views on the matter.

Lawyers know when to ignore things that have no value, he said.

‘Smart’ President

Asked if he had advised the President not to respond to the allegations, he said: “You know, you don’t even have to advise this President. He’s such a smart, intelligent thinking lawyer President. That’s not necessary.”

Malacañang said an official statement on Matobato’s allegations would come from Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Aguirre, in a statement issued yesterday, belittled Matobato’s testimony, describing it as “rich in falsity and fabrication.”

The Senate wasted valuable resources by listening to Matobato, Aguirre said.

“It was not a hearing on extrajudicial killing, it was a case of extrajudicial lying,” he said.

Matobato’s testimony was not at all worrying, Panelo said.

“How can you be threatened by lies?” he asked.

According to Panelo, the people behind Matobato intend to ruin Mr. Duterte’s reputation and that of his family. But he said this would not stop the President from pursuing his campaign against illegal drugs and terrorism.

“No amount of black propaganda, no amount of sinister ploy or plan will stop the President from his relentless campaign against the drug menace and terrorism,” he said.

Criticizing Matobato’s testimony, he noted that the witness did not raise the allegations when he was under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) for some two to three years.

Panelo said he wondered why Matobato came forward with the accusations against Mr. Duterte only now.

“There is no sane reason why you did not say all these when President Duterte was still mayor. You had no reason not to disclose these. You were under the Witness Protection Program, you were protected,” he said.

He also noted that Sen. Leila de Lima, who was justice secretary when Matobato was under protection, is the witness’ handler.

De Lima chairs the Senate committee on justice and human rights that is investigating alleged extrajudicial killings in Mr. Duterte’s brutal war on drugs.

Matobato’s facts are also jumbled, Panelo said.

He said the witness referred to the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force at a time when this was supposedly no longer in existence.

Panelo said this was the first time he had seen a witness admitting to killings but saying he did not know the identities of those he had killed.

“So you cannot even sue him because there is no victim,” he said.

‘Recycled witness’

Mr. Duterte’s right-hand man in the House of Representatives, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, described Matobato as a “recycled witness,” noting that De Lima presented him as a witness when she headed the Commission on Human Rights and the Department of Justice.

“If indeed there was a crime committed based on their investigation, she should have filed a case even then,” Alvarez said.

Matobato, appearing at a Senate probe on extrajudicial killings, said he was responsible for about 50 of some 1,000 killings ordered by Mr. Duterte between 1988 and 2013.

He said the Davao Death Squad killed criminal suspects and opponents of Mr. Duterte and his family, with Mr. Duterte himself shooting dead one of the victims, a National Bureau of Investigation agent whose vehicle impeded a death squad mission in 2007.

Matobato also said it was Mr. Duterte who ordered the killing of broadcast journalist Juan “Jun” Pala, who regularly criticized him on his radio program, in 2007.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV sought Senate protection for Matobato on Thursday, but Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, president of Mr. Duterte’s party, PDP-Laban, rejected the request, saying there was “no [sign] that his life or safety is threatened.”

Several senators yesterday expressed disappointment with Pimentel’s decision, with Trillanes saying it appeared to have been influenced by politics and an intent to shield the President.

Trillanes described Pimentel’s decision as “heartless.”

“Fortunately, there were good Samaritans in our midst who were willing to provide temporary sanctuary for Mr. Matobato,” he said.

De Lima said she was “perplexed, disturbed and extremely disappointed” with Pimentel’s decision.

She said she withdrew her request of protection for Matobato allow her committee to assert its power to decide the matter on its own. With reports from Tarra Quismundo and Gil Cabacungan; Carla P. Gomez, Inquirer Visayas/TVJ

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Inamin ni Sen. Trillanes na Siya ang Kasabwat at NagDaLa sa Hoax Witness Matobato sa Senate Hearing! Pinoy Pride Published on Sep 16, 2016 Sen. Trillanes Inamin Siya ang Kasabwat at NagDaLa sa Witness Edgar Matobato sa Senate Hearing! FROM PINOY PRIDE VIDEO NEWS (WATCH VIDEO BELOW)

MANILA – Despite the denials of President Duterte's kin and allies of "Davao Death Squad" (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato's testimony, Senator Antonio Trillanes said the witness is "very credible."

"Sa kabuuan, very credible siya as a witness. Marami ang minention niya na details na hindi pwedeng malaman ng kung sinu-sino lang (As a whole, he is very credible as a witness. He mentioned a lot of details that not just anyone would know)," Trillanes said of Matobato, who was questioned by lawmakers during a hearing of the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee on Thursday.
READ: Duterte ordered killing of sister's lover, LTO fixer, claims witness

Even Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa has heard of Matobato as a "notorious hit man," Trillanes said, and added that it is understandable that there are some holes in his testimony because it's been years since Matobato worked as a hit man from 1988 to 2013.

The bottom line, Trillanes said, is that "here is a witness who in my opinion is very credible, kailangan lang natin icheckout ang ilang detalye."

WATCH: Cayetano, Trillanes clash in Senate hearing

However, it remains to be seen what the public will want to do with the president, who was named by Matobato as one of the DDS's supposed main patrons.

"Maraming options iyan. Pero ayaw ko munang pumunta doon bago mag-ouster step. Mayroon pang sequence of hearings, makikita natin," he said.

"This is a democracy. Nasa taong bayan kung gusto mong mamamatay tao ang presidente mo. Then, sige lang. Tanggapin natin. Kung hindi, may options available."

'MADMAN'

President Duterte's eldest son has denied Matobato's allegations that they used his services as an assassin to further their own personal and political goals.

"What 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," Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said in a statement.

READ: Paolo Duterte denies drug abuse, links to vigilante slays


Paolo Duterte takes his oath as Davao City Vice Mayor. Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

The vice mayor, Matobato said, allegedly asked him to kill a rival for a woman's attention.

The president’s sister also denied allegations that Matobato was ordered to kill a dance instructor who was reported to be her lover.

READ: Duterte's sister denies lover was chopped up by 'death squad'

"That is a total lie. Malaking kasinungalingan yan," Jocelyn Duterte said, and labeled the alleged expose a "politically motivated plot" masterminded by Senator Leila De Lima.

While Malacanang has denied Matobato's allegations, Duterte has kept his silence on the issue, and instead said on Thursday, during a visit to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Camp Tecson, Bulacan, that he will release a third "narco-list" naming local government officials and policemen who are supposedly supporters of the illegal drug trade.

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Fact or fiction Confessed ex-member of DDS links President to killings; Ping questions witness’s credibility by Hannah Torregoza September 16, 2016 Share54 Tweet1 Share0 Email1 Share196


THE BATO SPIRIT — The reflection of PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa off a marble post looms like a ghostly presence behind Edgar Matobato, as he testifies at the joint Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings on Thursday. Dela Rosa was seated across from Matobato, who confessed he was a member of the so-called Davao Death Squad. (Jansen Romero / Manila Bulletin)

A confessed member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) yesterday surfaced at the Senate and pinned down President Duterte and his son Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte as allegedly behind some of the most brutal and terrifying killings in Davao City.

Testifying at the resumption of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights’ probe into the extra judicial killings, witness Edgar Matobato, 57, a former member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU), said the President, who was then Davao City mayor, ordered the bombing of a mosque in 1993 and killing of Muslims he suspected to be behind the bombing of the Davao Cathedral Church also that same year.

Matobato also alleged that the President had once ordered the group to ambush Senator Leila de Lima, then Commission and Human Rights (CHR) chair, when she went to the quarry site owned by ex-policeman Bienvenido Laud in Barangay Ma-a, Davao City to search the area supposedly a mass grave for DDS victims in July, 2009.

“We waited for you Ma’am. When you went inside, we were (already) in ambush position,” Matobato told the senator who is a known staunch critic of Duterte.

“But you did not get inside the office. We were there at the entrance. We were not able to get you. But we’re up there,” the witness further said.

It was De Lima who presented Matobato at the continuation of the hearing of the Senate panel’s probe into the spate of killings in the country.

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Matobato said it was the President himself who recruited him to be part of the “Lambada Boys,” which was originally composed of seven members.

“Our job was to kill criminals, like drug pushers, rapists, snatchers. That’s the kind of people that we kill every day,” Matobato told senators.

CREDIBILITY QUESTIONED

But Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson questioned Matobato’s credibility.

During a short break, Lacson told reporters that he could not understand why Matobato could not answer senators when asked to name the person who asked him to face the Senate.

“Why doesn’t he want to reveal who brought him here? In my book, he’s not a credible witness,” Lacson said in a mix of English and Filipino, noting that the witness seemed to be not as involved as he claimed to be.

Malacañang likewise doubted Matobato’s revelation.

“I don’t think the President is capable of doing a directive like that,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a Palace press briefing.

Andanar recalled that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was unable to prove past allegations that Duterte was linked to the notorious vigilante group when he served as mayor of Davao City.

“Di ba inimbestigahan na noon yan ng Commission on Human rights nung sinaunang panahon, nung mayor pa si pangulo. Wala naman charge, wala naman silang nakitang direktang ebidensya [Isn’t it that it not investigated by the Commission on Human Rights before when the President was still mayor? There was no charge, they did not find any direct evidence],” he said.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, a staunch supporter of Duterte, pointed out the importance of examining Matobato’s credibility, especially since anything that could happen to him would immediately be blamed on the President.


PEACEMAKER — PROBE CHAIR Senator Leila de Lima gets in between fellow senators Sonny Trillanes IV (left) and Alan Peter Cayetano (right) who were locked in an argument during Thursday’s Senate hearing. De Lima had a few moments earlier declared Cayetano out of order for ‘imputing bad faith and ill motive’ on the proceedings. (Jansen Romero / Manila Bulletin)

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also questioned Matobato’s credibility.

At the hearing, Matobato revealed that the Lambada Boys later became the Davao Death Squad – the group that has long been believed responsible for summary killings in Davao City and which De Lima, also a former Justice secretary, had attempted to uncover during her time in the Aquino administration. Matobato said members of the DDS grew in 1993, its composition mostly rebel returnees and policemen, and former members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“We were ordered by Mayor Duterte to bomb the mosques of the Muslims,” said Matobato, who admitted he was a “ghost employee” at the Davao City Hall for 24 years as part of the Civil Security Unit.

“Because he wanted to take revenge after the bombing of the (Davao) cathedral. We were like terrorists, too, Ma’am. Because killing Muslims was not part of the plot,” he said.

Duterte, however, later on ordered them to arrest and kill the Muslim suspects.

“We waited for the Muslims there, we kidnapped them, killed them. We buried them in a quarry,” the witness added.

Among those who were killed was a certain Salik Makdum, a suspected terrorist, whom he said they abducted from Samal Island in 2002.

Matobato claimed they even presented Makdum to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa, then head of the Philippine Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) in Davao, but later on killed him and buried him in a quarry owned by a policeman.

Lacson said he tried to search in Google if there was at all a suspected terrorist named Sali Makdum, only to find that there was no information about the person at all.

Dela Rosa, who was present at the hearing, vehemently denied his claims. “I don’t even know him (Matobato). This is the first time I saw him,” the PNP Chief said when asked by Sen. Lacson to verify his statements.

Matobato also said the death squad also acted on Duterte’s orders to kill four supporters of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, the President’s bitter political rival in Davao.

He said they had the four persons, which included women, kidnapped and brutally killed, in the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte, after kidnapping them in 2010.

“Naglaban sila ni Mayor Duterte kaya hinuli nila at pinakidnap ang mga tao ni Nograles, (they fought Mayor Duterte, that’s why they had Nograles’ men kidnapped),” Motabato said.

“Dinala namin sila sa Island Garden City of Samal… Nilagay sa buhangin at binigti lahat. Biniyak namin ‘yung tiyan tapos ako ang nagkarga ng bangka doon sa laot. Tinapon na namin. Nilagyan ng hollow blocks, tag tatlo isang tao, (We bought them at the Island Garden City of Samal…we put sand (on them) and strangled them. We opened their stomachs then I rowed the boat together with the bodies and tied hollow blocks, three blocks on each person),” he said.

When asked to clarify who was the mayor responsible for killing Nograles’ followers, Matobato replied: “Ang ating mahal na Pangulo ngayon. (Our President now.)”

However, Rep. Karlo Nograles, Nograles’s son, denied Matobato’s claim.

“I don’t know what this guy is talking about. From the time I was chief of staff to the time I was elected as congressman, no supporter of ours or persons under our employ was ever killed due to politics,” the younger Nograles said.

The President, he alleged, also ordered the killing of radio broadcaster Jun Pala in 2003. Pala has been a vocal critic of the former Davao City mayor and had been relentless in criticizing him in his radio show.

It was recalled, Duterte was criticized for his tirades against corrupt journalists and cited Pala as an example whom he described a “rotten son of a bitch.”

Also upon the alleged orders of Duterte and five other mayors, Matobato said they killed a member of a religious group named Jun Barsabal, for “squatting on lands” and had buried his body also at the Ma-a quarry.

But Davao City Police Office chief Senior Supt. Michael John Dubria denied that there have been bodies found at the quarry in Maa.

Dubria was the police chief of the Talomo precinct, whose area of operation includes the barangay during that time.

Also in 2013, Matobato said Duterte allegedly ordered the killing of a fixer at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and three women whom they abducted from their house. They dumped their bodies on a road in San Rafael village.

Matobato also told senators he worked with NBI director Dante Gierran for 15 years. In a 2007 operation, their target, he said, was fed to a crocodile.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Not only did the President, but also his son, incumbent Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, was allegedly behind some of the killings of prominent personalities in Davao.

One of these was billionaire businessman Richard King, whom he said was allegedly ordered killed by Paolo in 2014. According to the witness, King and Paolo Duterte fought over a woman.

“Pinatay si Richard King doon sa Davao City. Ang nag-utos niyan si Paolo Duterte ang nag utos-nyan. Ito si Paolo nagra-rival sila ni Richard King sa babae (Richard King was killed in Davao City. It was Paolo Duterte who ordered it. Paolo and Richard King are rivals when it comes to women),” Matobato said adding that two of his companions were paid P500, 000 to kill the businessman.

Aside from King, the witness said the vice mayor also ordered the killing of at least two more people in Davao who riled him. He said they salvaged the person whom Paolo got irked at while at a gasoline station. They killed the other person while the victim was inside the house and gambling.

Asked by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV how well he knows the President’s son, Matobato said they used to escort him when he was still young.

Matobato clarified Paolo was a shabu user but not a pusher. “Umuutos, pumapatay ng tao si Paolo Duterte. Parang sadista na rin sila. Marami na iniutos na pinapatay. Ganyan ‘yan parang sabog (He orders, he kills people, that Paolo Duterte. He has also become a sadist, he ordered a lot of people killed),” he said.

But the vice mayor denied Matobato’s allegations.

“What De Lima and this certain Matobato say in public are bare allegations in the absence of proof. They are mere hearsay,” Vice Mayor Duterte said.

Trillanes moved to subpoena the vice mayor and all members of the so-called Davao death squad.

CONSCIENCE BOTHERED HIM

Pressed to explain why he decided to come out in the open, Matobato said his conscience had bothered him.

This was after telling Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian that he probably killed around 1,000 individuals since 1988 to 2013.

According to Matobato, he decided to quit the group in September, 2013, when they “hit a woman old enough to be his mother.” He also told the group he is quitting because of his age and the fact he cannot accept some innocent people are also getting killed.

But when he attempted to leave the group, he was later on arrested and was being made to admit killing businessman King. Matobato claimed law enforcers tortured him but was able to escape.

“It was painful to me. I served them well during those years. I was tortured, they wanted to kill me. But I managed to escape with the help of my live-in partner,” he said.

“Walang nag-utos sa akin (No one ordered me),” the witness further said when pressed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate in the 2014 elections to identify who prodded him to testify.

Matobato said he hid in Cebu, Leyte, Samar until he decided to surrender to a provincial CHR office that later advised him to go to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila, citing their lack of ability to put him under the Witness Protection Program (WPP). He reached the DOJ in September 2014 with his wife.

He, however, decided to quit the WPP when President Duterte won the presidency. (With reports from Genalyn D. Kabiling, PNA, Yas D. Ocampo, and Jeffrey G. Damicog)

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Pimentel on Trillanes-Cayetano clash: You don’t taunt a fellow senator Published September 16, 2016 2:36pm

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Friday called for respect among his colleagues following the fiery exchange between Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano during Thursday's Senate hearing on drug-related killings.

In an interview on News To Go, Pimentel said members of the Senate should neither taunt nor heckle a fellow senator.

“Nakakalungkot kasi in the Senate, you do not take the law into your own hands and when i say law, the rules. Kunyari may ginagawa ang isang senador na hindi mo gusto, kayo po ay ia-address ninyo yung concern niyo sa presiding officer,” Pimentel said.

“You do not take the law or the rules into your own hands na ikaw mismo ang papatay ng mic nung tao, yung microphone. Hindi po dapat ginagawa 'to tsaka syempre you don’t taunt, you don’t heckle your fellow senator,” he added.

“Magkapantay po kayo. Respeto lang po.”

Trillanes and Cayetano clashed during the hearing of the Senate committee on justice and human rights after Trillanes asked Senator Leila de Lima, the panel chairperson, to declare Cayetano out of order for taking up the time of the committee in questioning witness Edgar Matobato.

De Lima had to suspend the hearing to ease the tension between the two senators. During the break, however, the senators were heard continuing their argument.

Trillanes was heard telling Cayetano, "Hindi kita papopormahin," to which Cayetano replied, “Senador ako, binoto ako ng tao dito, di ba?"

When the hearing resumed, De Lima explained why she had to cut Cayetano, but the latter tried to butt in. Trillanes then turned Cayetano’s microphone off.

Pimentel said it was De Lima, as panel chairperson, who had the responsibility to clarify the Senate rules on time allotted to senators in asking questions.

Trillanes earlier said that his exchange with Cayetano were just “sweet nothings.” —Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/KBK, GMA News

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Leila, Trillanes blast Koko for rejecting, protection Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 17 September 2016 00:00



Senators appear to be now at loggerheads following the decision of their leader, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel to deny the grant of Senate protective custody to self-confessed hitman and former member of President Duterte’s alleged Davao Death Squad (DDS) who testified before them last Thursday.

Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV took turns in expressing their disgust over the decision of Pimentel while there were those who supported the Senate leader’s move.

In a statement issued by Pimentel thumbing down De Lima’s request as chair of the committee on justice andhuman rights to place under Senate’s custody Edgar Matobato, he stressed that there is no showing that he latter’s life or safety is threatened.

“Worse, the witness’ testimony is not even relevant to the resolution being investigated,” he said, referring to Resolution No. 9 authored by de Lima calling for a probe on recent rampant extrajudicial killings and summary executions of suspected criminals.

“I intend to run the Senate based on Rules. I’ve denied the request for protective custody of Matobato because there is no Senate rule to justify it,” Pimentel added.

Trillanes, who reportedly initially provided security to Matobato, did not hide his disappointment at the decision of Pimentel, even calling the move heartless and reeking of political maneuvering.


TRILLANES (WITH DE LIMA) SEEKS PROTECTION FOR WITNESS MATOBATO

“It fact, he doesn’t even have the power to overrule a ruling by any Senate committee. But even setting aside whatever legal technicality he used, it was heartless and reeks of political maneuvering to cover for President Duterte. Fortunately, there were good Samaritans in our midst who were willing to provide temporary sanctuary for Matobato,” he said.

It was Trillanes who said he and presumably his fellow mutineers will provide security for Matobato.

Pimentel is president of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) which is the party of Duterte.

De Lima insisted on providing protection to her “witness” who detailed before her panel the alleged execution of criminals and even non-criminals in Davao City, as well the bombing of a mosque, all allegedly under the orders of Duterte while he was the then Davao City mayor, saying that it is paramount especially those who have endangered and are willing to sacrifice their own lives in order to shed light on criminal wrongdoings upon the invitation of the Senate.

“This is undertaken as a matter of course, since it is the automatic obligation of the Senate to protect witnesses who have entrusted their security to this body in exchange for the vital information only they are able to share in aid of legislation.

“We are even hard put in searching for a precedent where protective custody was refused to a witness who needed it. We cannot now pretend that the explosive testimony of Matobato fails to meet precedents on previous grants of protection,” she said.

The denial of teh Senate’s protective custody, however, had happened in the past Senate, during the term of then President Gloria Arroyo where a witness testfied on a deal she wanted to make privately.

Amid Pimentel’s assertion that Matobato’s claims are outside of the purview of the said resolution, de Lima insisted that the witness provided her committee vital information that shed light on the whole complexity of the President’s war on drugs, noting the similarity of the strategy adopted by the DDS and the vigilantes that are now believed to be roaming the whole country.

“The relevance of his testimony to the inquiry on extra-judicial killings is self-evident. Regardless of the personalities involved, his testimony merely shows that which is transpiring now in this country has happened before in Davao City. His testimony raises the legitimate question of whether the DDS has anything to do or is in fact involved in the nationwide war on drugs, at least insofar as the aspect of extra-judicial and vigilante killings are concerned,” she said.


CAYETANO REMINDED PROBE CHAIR DE LIMA AGAINST 'LAWYERING' MATOBATO

Also, de Lima said there’s no other government agency or office that is in a position to provide protective custody to Matobato, who initially was placed under the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) witness protection program (WPP) when she was justice chief ,but opted to bolt following the election of Duterte as President last May 9.

“The circumstances leave no doubt, considering that it is the President who is being accused by the witness, that his security and custody cannot be left to any agency of the Executive Branch, leaving the Senate as his only choice for sanctuary. It is therefore highly irregular and incompre-hensible for the Senate to be unable to perform this obligation to a witness whom it has invited on the basis of the vital information only he can provide to an inquiry conducted in aid of legislation,” she said.

“I am perplexed, disturbed, and extremely disappointed with the Senate president’s refusal to grant protective custody to Matobato. The grant of protective custody to witnesses may not be in the Rules, but this is a long-standing practice, probably in any legislative body in the world, because it is an ancillary and inherent power of the legislature to support its mandate of conducting inquiries in aid of legislation. The grant of protective custody, like the power to cite in contempt, is one of the ancillary powers inherent in the Senate committees conducting legislative inquiries,” she said.

Following this development, de Lima said she’s withdrawing her request and will instead bring the issue to the committee, with the end in view of asserting the panel’s inherent and ancillary power in conducting an inquiry in aid of legislation.

“The grant of protective custody, like the power to cite in contempt, is a Senate power, not a prerogative of the Senate President. It is my submission that the committee on justice and human rights as a standing committee of the Senate has the authority to grant protective custody to a witness testifying before it, on behalf of the Senate as a whole,” she said.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said, in hearing the testimony of Matobato, they did not take into consideration whether his claims are irrelevant to the resolution although it was apparent to them that de Lima was trying to establish a pattern on what happened when Duterte was still Davao City mayor and now that he’s the President.



It was obvious that the motives behind the surfacing of Matobato is to lay down the said patter, “but I think they overdid it.”

Lacson said that if Matobato really knew all these things and participated in these killings, his testimony wouldn’t be that widespread. He had one or two that could pass muster, But what was it that the witness said were lies, Lacson said.
Senate probe borrowed from LP’s dirty tricks playbook

Thursday’s Senate inquiry was a page borrowed from the Liberal Party (LP)’s playbook of dirty tricks, according to the camp of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, that expressed amusement at the antics of his former tormentors Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Trillanes.

Speaking for Binay, Joey Salgado, characterized the hearing, which featured confessed hitman Edgar Matobato revealing President Duterte’s alleged link to a death squad in Davao City, as “a replay of the demolition telenovela” against the former VP, with a different cast of characters this time around.

“It’s now de Lima and Trillanes as BFFs (best friends forever), with Senator Cayetano as the spurned ex-friend,” he said in a statement.

Salgado said the public once again saw a Senate investigation being conducted “in aid of demolition, not legislation,” in which every rumor, half-truth, and hearsay was broadcast or published; every accusation accepted and presented as truth — complete with dramatic pauses and gestures — by some senators.”


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“Once again, a political personality — this time no less than the President himself — has been declared guilty even before the start of the hearing,” he said.

“Once again, senators are lawyering for a witness, and the public is treated to a barrage of shocking but unsubstantiated statements on live radio and television,” he added.

Salgado said the hearing, captured live on national television, is reminiscent of the Senate investigations on the Binay family’s alleged hidden wealth as well as corruption charges during Binay’s term as mayor of Makati City.

“No family should go through the harrowing experience of the Binay family at the hands of Senate inquisitors. But no less than President Duterte and his family have been pilloried on live television by senators with patently political motives. And this looks like just a warm up,” he said.

Panelo speaks again


PANELO

Despite Presidential Communications chief Martin Andanar’s claim that only the presidential Spokesman, Ernesto Abella, is the sole official who can speak for the president, the voluble chief presidential legal counsel on Friday shrugged off accusations of a self-confessed hit man claiming the President ordered murders during his time as a Davao City mayor.

In a chance interview with reporters in Malacañang, Salvador Panelo called Edgar Matobato a “perjured witness.”

“The fact alone that he has been with the witness protection program for how many years, two to three years, he should have stated all these a long time ago.

“He has submitted an affidavit, as admitted by Senator De Lima, but what he said in his affdavit, if there was one at all, his testimony before the Senate was not included in that affidavit. So why just now is he going to provide an affidavit, based on what he stated before the Senate?,” Panelo said.

It is usual, in Senate hearings, for the testimonies of resource persons and witnesses to be recorded and transcribed. There is hardly any need for the afdidavit, as it is stated under oath and can be used in court.

Panelo added it was the first time he encountered a supposed hit man who could not even identify his victims.

“You cannot even sue him because there is no victim, which is why it was so obvious he was lying,” Panelo said.


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Witness to De Lima: Duterte ordered to kill you Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Posted Sep 15 2016 01:09 PM


MATOBATO, DE LIMA

MANILA – A Senate witness claiming to have worked as an assassin for then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte claimed Thursday the tough-talking leader ordered him to kill then human rights chairperson and now Senator Leila de Lima.

In 2009, de Lima, then the human rights chairperson, was visiting an alleged dumping ground for victims of the infamous Davao Death Squad in Ma-a, Davao City.

Edgar Matobato, who claims to be a part of the death squad, said Duterte ordered his team to kill de Lima.

READ: Self-confessed death squad member tags Duterte in killings

Matobato, however, said the plan to kill de Lima did not push through.

He said he and his team would have killed de Lima if only the latter reached a certain part of the hilly site.

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“Inabangan ka namin doon. Kung pumasok ka pa sa itaas, naka-ambush position na kami doon,” Matobato told de Lima.
(We were waiting for you there. Had you gone further up, we would have killed you because we were already in an ambush position.)
“Hindi kami nakapunta sa taas. That property is a hilly property. Hindi na kami umabot sa taas na nandoon kamo kayo,” de Lima said in response to Matobato’s claim.
(We no longer went to the upper portion of the hill. That property is a hilly property. We did not go to the part where you said you were waiting.)

De Lima, a staunch critic of President Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, had butted heads with the long-time Davao City mayor several times in the past.

During her stint as human rights chairperson, de Lima launched a probe into the Davao Death Squad, earning Duterte’s ire. As justice secretary, she also attempted to revive a case involving the DDS but it was eventually dropped due to lack of witness.

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Says Matobato's testimony seeks to cushion De Lima from 'explosive testimonies' in House probe

MANILA - The testimony of self-confessed "Davao Death Squad" (DDS) member Edgar Matobato are "all lies" and intended to "cushion" and "dilute" the impending "explosive testimonies" of witnesses who will directly link former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima to the illegal drug trade at the New Bilbid Prison (NBP).

These witnesses are scheduled to testify next week when the House of Representatives (HOR) begins its probe on the proliferation of illegal drug operations at the state penitentiary.

This was the statement issued by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre in reaction to Matobato's testimony at the Senate on Thursday regarding alleged liquidation activities of the so-called DDS between 1988 up to 2013.

Matobato personally linked former Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte to the killings and as the one who allegedly created the so-called DDS, a group supposedly intended to liquidate the city's criminals.

"He's a lying witness, hindi totoo yan. Walang katotohanan sinasabi nito (Matobato), he's a lying coached witness. Tinuruan lang niya (De Lima)," Aguirre said.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a headway in its validation of all the information that reached the department regarding De Lima's alleged drug connection, Aguirre stressed.

The DOJ will present several of its witnesses during next week's probe by the HOR, which is expected to focus on the proliferation of illegal drug operations at the NBP during De Lima's stint as Justice Secretary from 2010-2015.

"Panggulo lang ito (Matobato's testimony), this is only to counter the investigation [by the DOJ] or the witnesses which we are going to present at the House investigation tungkol dun sa illegal drug trade... we'll be presenting many witnesses who will be pinpointing her as the parang head nitong [convicted] drug lords na ito or at least na kanyang pinabayaan yan.

"And witnesses will be presented na siya (De Lima) mismo tumanggap ng millions of pesos doon sa bahay nya," Aguirre told ABS-CBN News.

These sums of money were allegedly from the high-profile drug convicts serving time at the NBP.

In one instance, De Lima was allegedly handed P5-million in cash by one of the witnesses -- in other words, a direct testimony against De Lima, Aguirre stressed.

President Duterte had earlier publicly announced that De Lima and her former driver and ex-lover, Ronnie Dayan, benefitted from drug money from illegal drug operations at the NBP.

Aguirre said 12 high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison, most, if not all of them, drug convicts, have executed sworn statements against De Lima. These inmates will soon be transferred to a detention facility outside the NBP for their security. These inmates will appear before the House probe to testify on their affidavits.

Apart from them, former officials and agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), another attached agency of the DOJ along with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), will also be testifying in the probe, he added.

De Lima is aware of this headway, which is why Aguirre described Matobato's surfacing at the Senate as a "desperate solution" to De Lima's woes over her alleged links to the NBP illegal drug trade.

"This is a futile attempt to dilute public outrage vs De Lima after the House investigation on drugs scheduled next week... desperate times ngayon so she needs desperate solutions," Aguirre said.

WHY ONLY NOW?

Aguirre, who admitted he was the lawyer of Benjamin Laud, a shooting range owner who's lot was allegedly used as a mass grave for victims of the DDS in Davao City, questioned why Matobato's testimony was made public only now when he was with the DOJ's Witness Protection Program (WPP) from 2013 up to May 2016.

Aguirre questioned why De Lima, who was Justice Secretary when Matobato entered the WPP, did not cause the filing of charges against then Mayor Duterte.

The DOJ, through the NBI, investigated the so-called DDS during De Lima's term. She also investigated the so-called DDS during her stint as Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson.

Aguirre debunked Matobato's claim that he has not executed any affidavit in connection with his testimony at the Senate. Aguirre said this is a requirement prior to admission to the WPP.

"Imposibleng mangyari yun. He's been under the care of the [WPP] sine 2013 under De Lima; you cannot be entered sa WPP without you executing an affidavit. Kasinungalingan kaagad...

"Yung mga pinagsasabi nilang yan, wala sa affidavit na yun. Pag nilabas nila yun (affidavit with the WPP), hindi magtutugma sa sinasabi niya (Matobato) ngayon," Aguirre said.

Regarding Matobato's testimony against Laud, Aguirre said that no charges were filed against his former client even after De Lima, as CHR chair, investigated Laud's alleged involvement in the DDS deaths.

"They were not able to execute or to get any evidence against Laud kaya namatay na't namatay na si Benjamin Laud eh wala namang nafafile na case sa kanya," Aguirre said.

The bones dug up by the CHR at Laud's lot were later found to be those of persons killed during the Japanese occupation, according to witness testimonies, Aguirre added.

"Hindi pa nga malaman kung yung ibang buto eh buto ng tao o buto ng nga hayup... nothing came out of it because may mga witnesses na itong mga nahukay nila they were the victims of the Japanese occupation. Yung mga pinatay ng Hapon, doon binaon," Aguirre said.

Asked if the DOJ is poised to file perjury charges against Matobato, Aguirre said the department will evaluate the matter.


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