A man claiming to be a hired assassin for the Dutertes stood as a witness in a Senate hearing on Thursday and tagged Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in the killing of billionaire businessman Richard King in 2014.
During the resumption of the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings, witness Edgar Matobato claimed that the vice mayor allegedly ordered the killing of King because of a woman.
“Noong 2014 pinatay ang pinakabilyonaro na si Richard King sa Davao City. Ang nag-utos si Paolo Duterte dahil nagra-rival sila ni Richard King sa babae, yung may-ari ng McDonalds, si Ochoa hindi ko alam ang pangalan,” Matobato alleged.
Matobato claimed that two rebel returnees — Joel Tapales and Loloi Gabas — were allegedly tasked to kill King and were given P500,000. However, the gunmen were later also killed.
“Pinatay nila, dinouble cross yan, yung pulis na nag-utos. Sina Joel Tapales at Loloi Gabas ang tumira. Umuwi sila ng bahay tapos dinukot sila, inistambay muna sa Holiday Inn, pagkagabi, ibinyahe na sila at inilibing sa buhangin,” Matobato said.
Asked how he knew that it was Duterte who ordered the killing, Matobato said the vice mayor went to their office where the killing was planned.
“Nagpunta siya sa opisina namin, nagplano sila doon. Nag uusap din kami ginawa nila doon ang plano,” Matobato claimed.
He said he wanted to quit but the group tagged him as the gunman in the killing of King to prevent him from talking.
“June 12 napatay si King, pagdating ng June 19 hinuli nila ako, ginagawaan nila ako ng paraan para hindi na ako magsalita. Tinorture ako ng isang linggo pero mabuti na lang at hindi ako na-salvage,” Matobato alleged.
Matobato said former Davao region police intelligence chief Supt. Leonardo Felonia was also tagged as mastermind in the killing.
“Ako ang tinuturo nilang pumatay, si Felonia ang sinabi nilang mastermind. Sa pagkakaalam ko nakadetain si Col. Felonia dahil sa pagpatay kay Richard King,” Matobato said.
Matobato claimed that he hid in Cebu, Leyte, and Samar.
Claiming that his conscience was bugging him, Matobato said he went to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on August 21, 2014 to tell his story but the CHR reportedly just took his testimony and told him that it cannot guarantee his safety and security.
“Kinuhaan lang ako ng deltaye ng CHR sabi nila hindi namin kaya ng buhay mo. Sabi niya pumunta kayo sa DOJ,” he said.
Matobato said he decided to come out after President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office this year. [source]