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Confessed hitman yields

CONFESSED hitman Edgar Matobato on Thursday surrendered to the Manila Police District over the frustrated murder case against him by agrarian reform adjudicator Abeto Salcedo Jr., police chief Joel Coronel said.

Coronel said the Regional Trial Court Branch 19 in Digos City, Davao del Sur ordered the arrest of Matobato after Salcedo identified him as the one who shot him on Oct. 23, 2014, as he was stepping out of the DAR regional office in Digos. The Court set Matobato’s bail at P200,000.

Salcedo, a former adjudicator of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Southern Mindanao, alleged that Matobato shot him several times as he was leaving his office in Digos City. Salcedo believes the attack was work-related.

Matobato appeared in a Senate inquiry in October, and accused Duterte of being behind a spate of killings in Davao City during the latter’s stint as mayor.

Matobato is one of two supposed whistleblowers presented by Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV to testify before the Senate over the alleged involvement of Duterte and his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, in summary executions.

The other witness is retired Davao City policeman Arturo Lascañas who had recanted his previous denial of the existence of the DDS. 

Meanwhile, Matobato’s lawyer Jude Sabio said he will also file a case against Duterte before the International Criminal Court over extrajudicial killings in the country.

Sabio said he will leave for the Netherlands on March 9 to file the case of crimes against humanity.

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