By: Elena Grace Flores
It was a common thning that politicians throw mud at each other during their presidential bids. But it’s all over now. We go forward and give the president the benefit of the doubt.
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[VIDEO]: During the election campaign, Duterte denied alleged Binay allegations on Extra Judicial Killings. Therefore, he deserves the benefit of the doubt and let the court decide.
Malacañang denies Extra Judicial Allegations
Malacañang denied the allegations of witness Edgar Matobato against President Rodrigo Duterte.
During the resumption of Senate hearing on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on Thursday, Sen. Leila De Lima presented Motabato – a former member of the Davao Death Squad– who is said to be responsible for killing petty criminals in Davao City.
Matobato’s detailed Testimony
Matobato detailed the alleged operations of the death squad and claimed these were implemented on orders of then Davao Mayor Duterte.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he believes Duterte is not capable of ordering these alleged killings when he was still Mayor of Davao City.
Charges were not Filed
The Commission on Human Rights already conducted an investigation years ago, when the President was still a Mayor, and charges were not filed, they did not see any direct evidence.
Response after Hearing on drug war Killings
Andanar said that they want today’s hearing to finish first before giving a more comprehensive response on Matobato’s allegations. He said they also need to consult Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on the matter.
Following Matobato’s allegations that Duterte ordered the killing of Muslims as revenge for the Davao Cathedral bombing in 1993, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella called on the Muslim community to remain calm and to be critical of Matobato’s statements.
Sense of Sobriety
“As in all cases, all citizens should maintain a sense of sobriety and maintain a sense of objectivity. I mean after all people do make statements everyday and while this person may sound credible, it is imperative that each and every one of us properly weigh whatever he said,” Abella said.
Abella added they should wait for the formal investigation on these allegations to begin.
Abella also said they are hoping this will not affect the government’s drug war.