The complaint filed by confessed hitman Edgar Matobato before the Office of the Ombudsman against President Rodrigo Duterte can be used as a basis for impeachment, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Friday.
“Pag tapos yung imbestigasyon at masasabing may probable cause, ito ay pwedeng gawin basis ng impeachment complaint,” Trillanes said in a Balitanghali interview.
Trillanes made the statement after Matobato filed a complaint against Duterte for murder, kidnapping, violation of Republic Act No. 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act, and violations of R.A. No. 9851, or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity.
Trillanes, a staunch critic of the President, said that while Duterte enjoys presidential immunity, he is not immune from investigation.
“May immunity siya from suit pero walang immunity from investigation. Yung Ombudsman, pwede siyang mag-investigate, mag-gather ng impormasyon in relation to this case,” he said.
Matobato has been under the custody of Trillanes since he appeared as a witness before the Senate justice and human rights committee and testified on the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).
Matobato claims Duterte ordered several people killed in Davao City during his term as mayor.
Trillanes said Matobato’s complaint may urge other witnesses to come out and speak up against the President’s alleged human rights violations.
Meanwhile, Trillanes said the committee report of the Senate justice committee drafted by Senator Richard Gordon has “no value.”
The committee report said there was no proof to indicate that the recent rampant killings are state-sponsored.
It also said that the committee did not find any evidence to prove that the DDS exists.
“Gusto niyang linisin yung pangalan ni Duterte kaya ganyan. Pinaspasan niya. Alam niyang tuloy tuloy pa ang patayan, bakit hininto agad ni Senator Gordon yung hearing?” Trillanes said. – VVP, GMA News
source : gma