Davao City Rep. Nograles Opposed The Witness Matobato: 'Death Squads Didn't Kill Bodyguards in 2010'



Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles denied the claims of Edgar Matobato that his father was kidnapped and killed by the members of the Davao Death Squad in 2010.

“From the time I was chief-of-staff of former Speaker Prospero C. Nograles to the time I was elected as congressman, no supporter of ours or persons under our employ was ever killed due to politics,” Nograles said to oppose Matobato.

Matobato said in his testimony that four bodyguards of the elder Nograles has been kidnapped and killed by the death squad members when he ran in the mayoralty position against President Duterte's Daughter and current mayor of Davao, Sara Duterte way back 2010 but lost.

“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 said.

“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 while claiming that he's he one who carried the bodies and dumped it to the sea.

“Political differences in our city has always been strictly on the level of difference in policy and style and it has never degraded into the level of 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 congressman also stated that only the interests of other parties can push Matobato to appear in the Senate hearing.

“I can only suspect that this guy is being manipulated by some people to only serve their own selfish interests,” he said.

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