Matobato is holding out

Actually Gordon and Lacson don’t come out very reliable themselves. At some point during the hearing Gordon was caught himself not paying attention. Beginning to rebuke Motabato for supposedly withholding a critical piece of information, he was shown the minutes of the
hearing, thus proved wrong.

And Lacson, self-importantly insisting that an office he had once headed had disappeared after him to show Matobato mistaken to have found himself in it, was revealed as the one in fact mistaken.

Here are two senators of the republic unable to go past a witness who appears without a counsel and tells his story without a prompter or notes – he can neither read nor write.

I would not be surprised if CNN and the Inquirer (and possibly other media organizations I fail to credit here through no default but my own) decided to revisit Matobato because they thought he had got a bad deal, not only from Gordon and Lacson and their committee, but from their entire house; the senate is a Duterte-dominated Upper House, and so is the Lower House of Congress.

Apparently the Inquirer did not ask Sen. Manny Paquiao for his own, comment; if it had done so he’d have spoken for the whole senate majority, being its designated parrot.

By its own nature, Matobato’s story is precisely the sort that bears repeating as new circumstances arise and inform it or provide a new or added context to it, thus lending it increased credibility.

President Duterte’s autocratic words and ways tend themselves to validate the character of the boss mayor Matobato has described. And the challenge Duterte brings to the rule of law by the brutal manner in which he has been pursuing his war on drugs is a running case in point; it has claimed the lives of 6,000 drug dealers and addicts and provoked suspicions of summary executions.

But no instance has been more self-incriminating, and jolting, than Duterte’s admission that, indeed, he has himself killed 3 people.

Five more kills, and that would exactly match the score Matobato kept. –