October 3, Monday, Senator Leila de Lima was ganged up by his co-Senators for allegedly hiding the kidnap-for-ransom case filed against self-confessed hitman and alleged Davao Death Squad (DDS) Edgar Matobato.
According to the Davao police whom linked by Matobato to the DDS, the case was filed by the wife of Sali Makdum.
Matobato earlier claimed that Makdum was a "suspected terrorist". The alleged DDS was ordered him to kidnap and kill Makdum.
Gordon called out De Lima for concealing the information from the committee. De Lima at first admitted it was an “oversight” on her part.
However, Gordon refused to accept the mistake and accused De Lima of “material concealment.”
“I cannot let that pass. I can speak for lawyers, that concealment is really despicable and even unethical. I have to express my umbrage at this very very bad situation.”
“I am umbraged by it. We went on a very wild goose chase here because had we known that we would not have called all these people,” Gordon said, referring to the Davao City policemen.
Senator Panfilo Lacson then asked De Lima for skipping the detail. He also complained how Matobato fooled the senators.
“We are taken for a ride by Matobato. It’s frustrating, after all, that we are not smarter than a first grader,” Lacson said.
“We are accusing Matobato of fooling this committee and lying through his teeth!” Lacson added.
Senators Manny Pacquiao and Alan Peter Cayetano also slam De Lima.
“Dahil dito nga pinatawag mga ininvolve ni Matobato na pangalan, para nandito magkaharap harap. Marami pa tayo dinidiscuss na mas may importansya sa ating gobyerno.. parang pinagloloko lang tayo," Pacquiao said.
“The problem is because that Mr Matobato was allowed here without vetting him, without disclosing that case, BBC, CNN, New York Times and Washington Post put on their front page that the President is a mass murderer," he said.
Gordon suspended the hearing and will decide on Tuesday if the investigation into the killings would continue.
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