Senate President Koko Pimentel announced on his verified Facebook page that Edgar Matobato won’t be put in protective custody because his life has not been threatened.
“I’ve denied the request for protective custody of the witness (Edgar) Matobato because there is no Senate rule to justify it,” he said. “There’s even no showing that his life or safety is threatened.”
“We’ll be tackling this on Monday, but in the meantime we’ll just have to find ways to make sure that our witness will be protected,” Sen. Sonny Trillanes told CNN Philippines.
‘Our work was to kill’
In testimony Thursday, Matobato said he was part of the 300-member “Davao Death Squad” (DDS), which he alleges was run on the orders of Duterte.
“Our work was to kill criminals like drug pushers, rapists, snatchers. Those were the people we killed every day,” Matobato said.
Duterte’s office denied the claims made by Matobato on Thursday, and said the President was “unfazed” by the Senate investigation.
“The Duterte administration is committed to a platform of a peaceful, crime-free, corruption-free nation that is not affected by any controversy,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.