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‘I don’t know what he’s talking about’

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Top Stories
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DAVAO City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles cannot remember any bodyguard of their family, especially of his father former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, killed due to politics.

Nograles is denying the testimony of Senate witness Edgar Matobato who claimed that the Davao Death Squad had kidnapped and killed in 2010 four bodyguards of former Speaker Nograles.

According to Matobato, this happened because Nograles and President Rodrigo Duterte, then a mayor, were rivals in the mayoral race in Davao City.

“I don’t  know what this guy is talking about.  From the time I was chief-of-staff to the time I was elected as congressman, no supporter of ours or persons under our employ were ever killed due to politics,” Alexei Nograles said.

The younger Nograles said that political differences in Davao City has always been strictly on the level of difference in policy and style, it has never degraded into the level of physical violence.
   
“That is why it is easy for us to set aside our differences and unite for the common good of Davao and the nation,” Nograles said.
   
The solon suspects  that people or a political party is manipulating Matobato to create fabricated stories.
   
At the resumption of the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings, Matobato was presented as a surprise witness and he narrated how he and other members of the DDS killed people upon the instructions of Duterte.
   
“Noong 2010, tumakbo po si Prospero Nograles na mayor ng Davao City. Naglaban sila ni Mayor Duterte so hinuli nila at pinakidnap ang mga bodyguard ni Nograles. Kinidnap namin at dinala sa island city of Samal,” Matobato told members of the Senate Committee on Justice chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima.
   
Matobato claimed that he himself carried the bodies of the kidnapped bodyguards, who were eventually killed.
   
“Ako ang nagbuhat, isa-isa ko binuhat. Nilagay sa buhangin at binigti lahat. Pagkatapos, biniyak namin ‘yung tiyan tapos ako ang nagkarga ng bangka doon sa laot. Tinapon namin. Nilagyan ng hollow blocks, tig tatlo kada isang tao,” he said.