JUSICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday branded as “lies and fabrications” the testimonies made by a witness presented by Sen. Leila De Lima during yesterday’s continuation of the hearing on extrajudicial killings by the Senate Committee on Justice which is chaired by the latter.
Aguirre also said the testimonies of witness Edgar Matobato could be a product of a “fertile and a coached imagination.”
Vitaliano also said he was also surprised to hear that Matobato did not execute an affidavit containing what he stated before the Senate hearing considering that he was under the Department of Justice-Witness Protection Program (WPP) during De Lima’s stint as justice secretary.
“One cannot be part of the WPP without executing an affidavit. He is obviously not telling the truth. Can he be trusted?” he added.
“How is it possible that he could just arrive at the Senate without him being invited or without him knowing that there is a Senate inquiry today. How can he not name who brought him to the Senate? Who is he protecting? It is just a simple question that he cannot answer. Something is not right, how can you believe him,” Aguirre added.
Aguirre also pointed out that De Lima headed the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) but failed to file any case against then Davao Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte over alleged extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).
The presentation of Matobato as witness, according to Aguirre, was a desperate attempt on the part of De Lima to divert the public’s attention from her supposed links with the illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) which will soon be investigated by the House of Representatives.
Aguirre vowed to present “explosive” witnesses against De Lima during the House inquiry into her alleged role in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the NBP.