A few days ago, the last senate hearing about extrajudicial killings is where Edgar Matobato was questioned. Matobato is claiming that he was a part of the DDS or the Davao Death Squad of President Duterte. According to him, he was a part of the killing group which killed more than 1000 men.
After that hearing, news broke that Trillanes indeed had a meeting with Matobato even before the hearing took place. This allegation was not denied by Trillanes, he even confirmed it in a radio interview.
“Opo, nakipag-usap si Senator De Lima kung paano ise-secure at pano dadalin sa senado. So, ginawan po naming ng paraan ‘yun para makarating siya.”In the latest hearing earlier today, Senator Dick Gordon was asking the senate who brought Matobato to the hearing to which Trillanes stood up and approached the podium. While on the way to the podium, you can see him exchange sign signals De Lima. It can be a ‘yes, go talk’ from De Lima, but it can also be as harmless as ‘yes go ahead and approach the podium.’
“A few days before the hearing, Senator De Lima requested for my assistance to bring him to the Senate.”Gordon then said that from his answer, it is obvious that Senator De Lima asked Trillanes to bring the witness, so the witness belongs to Senator De Lima.
Senator De Lima of course had her say:
“May I inform the committee that last August 29, somebody contacted me and asked that I meet with him. And told me ‘to remember the self-confessed DDS hitman that was taken in from the DOJ while you were still Secretary of Justice?'”To which De Lima remembered and said ‘yes, there is such a man’. Apparently, that man wanted to surface already and tell the truth because he was tired of hiding. This witness is Edgar Matobato. The caller said that Matobato wanted to meet with De Lima.
“The emissary further informed me that this witness would want to meet with me to talk to him, so I did. I met with him last September 2.”There you have it, a confirmation that they indeed met before the hearing right from De Lima’s mouth.
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