President Duterte says he is aware Senator de Lima will unleash Matobato against him

  • President Rodrigo Duterte said he expected that Edgar Matobato will be used by Senator Leila de Lima against him
  • Duterte also mocked all the allegations Matobato made against him in his speech
  • The president said the statement while in the Sulong Pilipinas-Local Governance Dialogues at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he expected that Edgar Matobato, the surprise witness at the Senate investigation on extrajudicial killings, will be used by Senator Leila de Lima against him.

The president claimed on Tuesday that he already know that de Lima would have Matobato testify against him.

“I knew that Matobato was there with her. Mas matagal ako sa gobyerno eh. Kumbaga mas maraming may utang na loob sa akin kaysa kanya, lalo na sa law enforcement pati sa military,” Duterte said as published in the Presidential Communications’ official Facebook page.

[“I knew that Matobato was there with her. I served longer in the government. There are more people who favor me than her, especially in law enforcement and military.”]

The president said the statement while in the Sulong Pilipinas-Local Governance Dialogues at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.

“Marami akong kaibigan kasi tinuturing ko iyan silang (I have a lot of friends because I treat them [well]) —I do not look at these guys maybe as subordinates. I deal with them just like a co-worker in government, except for the fact that the supervisory powers belong to the mayor. So marami akong nalaman (I found out a lot),” he added.

An article by GMA News said that Duterte also mocked all the allegations Matobato made against him in his speech.

Matobato testified during the Senate’s investigation regarding extra-judicial killing and revealed that he took part in the kidnapping and killings of four bodyguards of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

Nograles is an old political rival of Duterte in Davao City.

“Noong 2010, tumakbo po si Prospero Nograles na mayor ng Davao City. Naglaban sila ni Mayor Duterte so hinuli nila at pina-kidnap ang mga bodyguard ni Nograles. Kinidnap namin at dinala sa island city of Samal,” Matobato said.

[“Back in 2010, Prospero Nograles ran as mayor of Davao City. He competed with Mayor Duterte, so we captured and kidnapped Nograles’ bodyguards, and brought them to the island city of Samal.”]

Matobato said he carried out the kidnapping and killings upon Duterte’s orders.

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