• DOJ Secretary Aguirre downplays the plan of Senator Trillanes to present evidence to the senate that would corroborate the claims of Matobato
  • Aguirre described Trillanes’ plan of bolstering Matobato’s claims as “trying hard in beating a dead horse”
  • Aguirre also said that Trillanes has “no credibility” to launch tirades against the President

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II downplays on Monday the plan of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of presenting the senate evidence that would corroborate the claims of Edgar Matobato.

Matobato, a self-confessed hitman and an alleged former member of the Davao Death squad, implicated President Rodrigo Duterte in extrajudicial killings when he was Davao City mayor.

An article by Virgil Lopez for GMA mentioned that Aguirre, through a text message, described Trillanes’ plan of bolstering Matobato’s claims as “trying hard in beating a dead horse”.

During the previous senate hearing in the spate of extra-judicial killings, Matobato’s claims have been found to be inconsistent by some senators investigating the issue.

Aguirre also said that Trillanes has “no credibility” to launch tirades against the President.

“One with no credibility attacking one (Duterte) with a trust rating of 91 percent. No chance to succeed,” Aguirre said.

The DOJ secretary gave the statement after Trillanes alleged that he would provide documents and other information that would validate some of the testimony of Matobato.

An article by Christine O. Avendaño for Inquirer said the senator also ridiculed the attempts of some senators to poke holes in the testimony of Matobato in the hearings.

“While some of my colleagues were focused on finding holes (in Matobato’s testimony), I gathered evidence and information to validate what he was saying,” Trillanes said.