Edgar Matobato, the “witness” who linked President Rodrigo Duterte to several killings in Davao City since the late 1980s, failed to impress Sen. Panfilo Lacson after he flunked Lacson’s credibility test at least twice.
Lacson also questioned who were the ones behind Matobato and his testimony before the Senate justice and human rights committee headed by Sen. Leila de Lima.
“Naiba na ang tono kasi nang kinu-question ko na eh. Hindi na siya kasing-definite noong nagna-narrate siya when I started asking him questions to test his credibility. Iba na ang demeanor. Yung kine-claim niya na alam niya hindi ganoon. Pwedeng may alam siya pero di ganoon kalawak. Or pwedeng kakapiraso lang, in-expand niya para maging dramatic,” Lacson said.
“In my book he’s not a credible witness,” he added.
Because of this, Lacson, who had investigated several cases while working in the Philippine National Police, said he would keep his distance from witnesses like Matobato.
“Ako, imbestigador din ako. Kung ganyan ang testigo ko, aatrasan ko yan eh,” he said.
He said those who presented Matobato as a witness at the Senate should have verified his claims first before presenting him.
Lacson earlier noted Matobato claimed being involved in a killing of a suspected terrorist at the office of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force in 2002.
The PAOCTF had been defunct since 2001, after the EDSA-2 revolt that ousted Joseph Estrada in favor of Gloria Arroyo.
Lacson also noted Matobato claimed knowing now-PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa, but dela Rosa denied knowing him.