- President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly ordered the killing of his sister’s lover-dance instructor
- Matobato claimed at the Senate hearing they chopped the man’s body into pieces
- Duterte’s sister vehemently denied Matobato’s story, saying she never had a DI-lover
MANILA, Philippines – The sister of President Rodrigo Duterte blamed Leila De Lima after her name was dragged into the Senate hearing on Thursday, September 15; when self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato claimed they killed her dance instructor-boyfriend.
At the Senate hearing, Matobato said Duterte ordered the killing of his youngest sister Jocelyn’s alleged lover who was also her dance instructor.
The alleged hired assassin, who claims to be a member of the Davao Death Squad, narrated how they ambushed Jocelyn’s DI and forcibly took the man out of a taxi before killing him.
“Sinundan namin ang taxi doon sa Jacinto Street ng Davao City. So nadukot namin, ako nga ang umano ng baril. [Sabi ko] ‘Huwag kang kumilos. Pulis ito,’” Matobato recalled.
[We followed his taxi along Jacinto Street in Davao City. We snatched him, I even pointed the gun at him. I said ‘Don’t move. We are the police.]
After killing the victim, they were supposedly ordered by their leader to chop the man’s body into pieces to remove all traces.
Duterte’s sister denied allegation
But Jocelyn vehemently denied Matobato’s allegation; saying she never had a dance instructor who became her boyfriend.
“That is a total lie. Malaking kasinungalingan ‘yan (That’s a big lie),” said Duterte’s sister in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
While she admitted to have frequented ballroom clubs, Jocelyn insisted all her DI’s – who are also her friends – are still alive.
Describing Matobato’s testimony at the Senate hearing as ‘politically-motivated’, Jocelyn accused Senator Leila De Lima of masterminding the charade and hold the lawmaker responsible for the alleged smear campaign against her family.
“I don’t like the idea na ako. I am not a politician. I hold her responsible,” she said.
Jocelyn’s alleged lover is just one of the many individuals Matobato claimed to have been killed upon the orders of Duterte, who was the Davao City mayor then.
Among them are hard-hitting radio broadcaster Jun Pala, the bodyguards of former Speaker Prospero Nograles, a certain Sali Makdum, businessman Richard King and a Land Transportation Office (LTO) fixer,
Matobato also claimed they were ordered to ambush De Lima’s team back in 2009 when the senator was still the chairperson of Commission in Human Rights (CHR) investigating the alleged vigilante killings in Davao City.