Matobato faces frustrated murder rap for 2014 hit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 23 2016 12:58 PM | Updated as of Sep 23 2016 01:22 PM

DIGOS CITY – A frustrated murder complaint was filed here on Friday against Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed hitman who linked President Rodrigo Duterte to vigilante killings.

Matobato's accuser is lawyer Abeto Salcedo, who accused the hitman of trying to kill him in 2014. Salcedo filed the complaint before the Digos City Prosecutor's Office.

Salcedo, a retired agrarian reform adjudicator, said he saw Matobato and several others attack him on the Digos City-Davao del Sur National Highway.

"I knew it was him because while he was shooting at me, I really saw his face because it was so close," Salcedo said, adding Matobato was positioned just outside his car.

Artist's sketch of the suspect in the 2014 attack against lawyer Abeto Salcedo Jr. Bali Ling, ABS-CBN News

Prosecutors have 50 days to decide whether there is enough evidence to charge Matobato in court.