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DAVAO DEL SUR, Philippines – The ambush survivor, who recognized Edgar Matobato on TV as the gun for hire who allegedly tried to kill him in 2014, has finally filed a criminal case against the suspect on Friday, September 23.
Retired agrarian reform adjudicator Abeto Salcedo Jr filed a frustrated murder case against Edgar Matobato, who had testified before the Senate as a former member of the so-called “Davao Death Squad.”
Salcedo filed the case at the Digos City prosecutor’s office on Friday morning. Salcedo was assisted by his lawyer and cousin Roy Salcedo.
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Northern Mindanao Director Cesar Bacani and NBI-Davao Region personnel led by Eric Distor also accompanied Salcedo in filing the case.
Deputy prosecutor Jehrameel Libre of the City Prosecutor’s Office said they will have 60 days to evaluate the case filed by Salcedo, after which they will decide whether to file or dismiss the case against Matobato.
After filing the case, Salcedo asked the NBI to visit the ambush site and the Department of Agrarian Reform.
Salcedo earlier identified Matobato as the gunman who ambushed him in 2014, after seeing the suspect appear in a televised Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings last September 15. (READ: Ambush survivor: ‘Matobato tried to kill me in 2014’). – Rappler.com