In the wake of probing extrajudicial killings led by Davao Death Squad allegedly ordered by President Duterte, De Lima witness Edgar Matobato did say much. But what he did reveal showed that he got wrong about his statement.
Here are fourteen things he got wrong about his allegations against President Rodrigo Duterte as posted by concerned netizen.
1. Nograles have bodyguards that got killed due to politics.
In a GMA News report, Davao City Rep. Karlo Norgrales denied his claims that members of the Davao Death Squad kidnapped and killed bodyguards of his father in 2010.
“I don’t know what this guy is talking about. From the time I was chief-of-staff of former Speaker Prospero C. Nograles to the time I was elected as congressman, no supporter of ours or persons under our employ was ever killed due to politics,” Nograles said.
Netizens also posted concerns why President Duterte needed to kill Nograles’ bodyguards and not Nograles himself.
2. Paolo Duterte studied in Ateneo de Davao University.
Paolo Duterte never went to Ateneo de Davao University to pursue any education. According to the official website of Davao City, he obtained his elementary and secondary studies at Philippine Women’s College in Davao City while his bachelor’s degree in Commerce major in banking and finance at University of Mindanao. He graduated from graduate studies at University of Southeastern Philippines with Master of Public Administration degree.
3. He was a bodyguard to Paolo Duterte.
Paolo Duterte’s schoolmate Dee Jay confirmed that Edgar Matobato was never the bodyguard of Paolo. Dee Jay also denied that Paolo went to Ateneo de Davao University.
4. Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) was abolished in 2002.
Senator Panfilo Lacson said that the PAOCTF, which he used to head, no longer existed in 2002. PNP Chief Dela Rosa also added that he does not know any Arthur Lascanas, and that the PAOCTF did not have a target named Sali Makdum when he was with the task force.
5. Richard King was killed in a hotel, McDo.
Matobato claimed Richard King, CEO of J. Kings and Sons Inc., was killed “upon orders of Paolo Duterte because he was a rival over a woman, the owner of a McDonalds (franchise) surnamed Ochoa.” But a 2014 report of Inquirer said King was killed inside the Vital C Building in Lacson Street when a gun man entered and fired at least twice at his head.
Those who had googled the location of the Vital C building noted it was just beside a McDonalds Restaurant.
5. Matobato claims he is a former CAFGU member.
A Rappler report said Matobato said he was first a CAFGU member under the Scout Rangers in Davao City. He was later recruited into the “Lambada Boys.” But Philippine Army Spokesman Col. Benjamin Hao stated that they have no Matabato in their list.
6. 30 bullets riddled to a victim and lived.
The possibility of keeping alive when got hit with 30 bullets is pretty slim. One bullet is enough to kill a person, study says. The only thing that survivors live when major organs — the heart and brain especially — and blood vessels are avoided. The catch, of course, is that there is no science to preventing a bullet from hitting a vital part of the body.
7. Paolo Duterte was taking drugs and based his statement on looks and hearsay
8. Initially said he was a ghost employee by Davao City Hall and receives 3K per month but later changed it to 5K.
9. Initial questioning he revealed he killed 50 persons but later on he said it could be 1,000 or more.
10. Mr. Matobato said on 2003 then CHR Delima had a police operation to dig alleged graves and was planned to be ambushed (killed) but the now Senator Delima immediately corrected that it was 2009.
11. He alleged that he was a ghost employee in Davao City Hall but at the same time works at the police arm office of the City Mayor and receives monthly wage but COA and City Hall officials has already said there is no such ghost employee practices in the city.
12. His confusing statement on who brought him to the Senate to become witness, kaibigan daw nya pero di nya kilala, kilala daw nya matagal na pero bago lang, si father daw sa simbahan ang hiningan nya ng tulong.
13. He said he does not have any cellphones, access to tv, newspapers, or radio; but… the wife of Richard King called him, but… when he was hiding in Pangasinan his unknown “friend” went to him to get him as witness.
14. He said he killed a certain terrorist with a name, Sali Makdum. But such name cant even be googled.