DOJ to pursue frustrated murder raps vs. Matobato

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 05 2017 06:04 PM

Edgar Matobato. File Photo

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has resolved to file frustrated murder charges in court against self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato in relation to a complaint filed by one of his alleged victims.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the Digos City Prosecutor's Office found probable cause against Matobato in connection with the shooting of Abeto Salcedo Jr. in October 2014.

Salcedo survived the attack.

Salcedo, a former adjudicator at the Department of Agriculture 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 hit news headlines when he appeared in a Senate inquiry in October, and accused President Duterte of being behind a spate of killings in Davao City during the latter's stint as mayor.

Matobato confirmed the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) vigilante group, and alleged that Duterte was behind it.

His testimony was later dismissed by the Senate Justice Committee after blatant inconsistencies were observed by the lawmakers.

Matobato was admitted to the Department of Justice's Witness Protection Program (WPP) as a witness in the department's investigation into the DDS when Senator Leila De Lima still headed the DOJ.

No cases were filed by the DOJ against Duterte on the basis of Matobato's claims.