By: Roy Bersales
THE President of the country is spared from criminal raps, while serving his six-year term as guaranteed by law.
But Edgar Matobato, who admitted that his job was a murderer and reached only Grade 4 in the public school system, has all the confidence to lodge criminal charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Matobato filed murder, kidnapping, violation of Republic Act No. 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act, and violations of R.A. No. 9851, or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity.
His lawyer said Matobato have sufficient evidence to prove his raps on Duterte.
Senator Richard Gordon said he do not really believed that Matobato acted alone by himself.
Gordon said the charges will not prosper since Duterte under the law is immune from any suit.
Duterte could only be charged and detained after his term on June 30,2022.
Most important is that the bases are inconsistent and contradict each other, Gordon said, if Matobato will tap his disclosure in the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings (EJKs) as evidence against Duterte.
The truth of the matter was that the people behind Matobato’s raps on Duterte are Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV.
De Lima and Trillanes are the leading oppositionists in the Senate.
Gordon also reminded the public that De Lima and Trillanes were the once who “cooked” and “presented” Matobato to the Senate hearing on EJKs.
During the first hearing of the Senate Committee on Justice, then chaired by De Lima, Matobato focused on Duterte’ supposed orders of killing people with the use of a death squad known as Davao Death Squad of which Matobato was a long-time member.
The official report of the joint Senate Committees on Justice, Peace and Order, and Drugs headed by Gordon and Senator Panfilo Lacson showed that the was no sufficient ground to declare that the DDS had existed.
The Gordon/Lacson Report likewise, stressed that the series of killings that happened since Duterte became President in June was not sponsored by the government.
The same report that the series of killings based on the record of the Philippine National Police (PNP) continuously happening since 2001, that is when then Vice-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assumed the presidency.
The unabated killings continued until the 6-year term of Pres. Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III.
The report emphasized the killings happened but, PNP failed to solve the crimes.
Eleven senators approved the report wherein two of them have reservations.
Senators De Lima, Trillanes, Ralph Recto, Joseph Victor Ejercito did not affix their signatures.
Ejercito is observing a 90-day suspension order of the Sandiganbayan in connection with corruption charges slapped on him over P1 Million misuse of San Juan government funds in 2008.
Gordon said the problem with De Lima is that she has a “kapit na patalim” style.
Meaning, the Liberal Party (LP) stalwart resorts to dirty tactics to remain in power.
“Bakit natin paniniwalaan ‘yan? Kaya kumakapit na sa patalim itong si Senator De Lima, sa tingin ko. I don’t want to be personal, pero marami siyang ipapaliwanang eh,” Gordon said.
“Mababaw ang credibility niya,” he added.
Gordon noted that drug trade and trafficking at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) has proliferated when De Lima was the justice secretary.
Reports said De Lima’s campaign funds came from drug lords from NBP and Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa, the top drug lord of Eastern Visayas Region.