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MANILA - Senator Panfilo ''Ping'' Lacson on Tuesday will urge his colleagues to formally suspend its inquiry into the spate of killings of drug suspects all over the country.
Lacson argued that the investigation has been muddled ever since confessed hitman Edgar Matobato gave "inconsistent" testimonies on the alleged Davao Death Squad (DDS), which he claimed carried out hits for President Rodrigo Duterte during his stint as mayor of Davao City.
"Marami nang pumasok na imbestigasyon, na-stuck na nga kami masyado kay Matobato. Napakarami naman talagang inconsistencies at saka maliwanag na pagsisinugaling," he told radio DZMM.
"Ang pakiramdam namin, pinagpaglaruan lang kami ni Matobato lahat... Masakit mang aminin, naisahan talaga kami doon sa kanyang mga salaysay."
[Many have intruded into the investigation, we've been stuck to much on Matobato. There are so many inconsistencies. We feel that Matobato is just playing with us. It hurts to admit this, but we were really cheated by his testimony.]
Gordon accused De Lima of “material concealment” of information that the witness had been charged by the National Bureau of Investigation for the 2002 kidnapping with ransom of Pakistani national Sali Makdum.
De Lima, on her part, noted that Matobato had mentioned the information during previous hearings. She stormed out of the premises after Gordon refused to apologize for his accusation.
Gordon: De Lima hid vital info on Matobato
Gordon announced that the hearings would not resume “until further notice.”
Lacson said the Senate will make better use of its time in tackling instead amendments to the Anti-Wiretapping and Money Laundering laws, and pushing for reforms in the national police.