MANILA, Philippines — A lying witness who was coached what to say in the Senate inquiry.
This is how Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre describes Edgar Matobato, the witness who claimed he was a former hitman of the so-called Davao Death Squad.
For one, Matobato said he has not executed any affidavit about his allegations.
But Secretary Aguirre says, this could not be true because sworn statement is a basic requirement before anybody could be admitted to the witness protection program
“Walang katotohanan yung sinasabi nito. ito ang tinatawag na lying coached witness. Kasi you could not be admitted into the witness protection program without executing an affidavit”, he said.
Matobato was under government protection from 2013 to 2016.
He is the witness whom then justice secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima claimed will directly implicate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to the killings committed by DDS.
Aguirre however says, they have not seen a copy of Matobato’s affidavit.
“Siguradong nag execute ito kaya lang tinatago nila yung affidavit na yun kasi pag nilabas nila yun hindi magtutugma sa sinasabi niya ngayon”, said the secretary.
He added that if the witness’ allegations were true, De Lima and the previous administration could have already charged Mayor Duterte.
“Bakit noong nasa Pnoy administration pa, bakit hindi sila nakapagdemanda kung naniniwala sila rito? Bakit ngayon lang? Porket nalaman nila yung testimony laban kay De Lima talagang explosive, ten times more explosive than this. Desperate times ito kay De Lima kaya she needs desperate solution.”
(Roderick Mendoza / UNTV News and Rescue)
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