Ex-DCPO chief charged for torturing Matobato

FORMER city police director Sr. Supt Vicente Danao Jr. has been sued before the Office of the Ombudsman for the alleged tortured of Edgar Matobato, a self-proclaimed member of the Davao Death Squad, in connection with the Richard King murder.

 Danao and a subordinate named Senior Police Officer 1 Reynante Medina are facing criminal and administrative charges for allegedly violating Republic Act No. 9745, the anti-torture act.

 The Ombudsman has already directed the respondents to submit their counter-affidavits.

 Matobato, aided by his lawyer Jude Josue Sabio, filed the case.

 In his complaint, Matobato claimed he was arrested on June 19, 2014 in connection with the murder of Cebu-based businessman Richard King, seven days earlier.

 Matobato said the respondents forced him to take responsibility in the murder case.

 When he refused, he said the police officer hit the different parts of body with a firearm.

 Matobato said he suffered a broken bone in his chest as a result of the torture.

 As he refused to own up the crime, he said the city police charged him for violation of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act).

 Danao, now assigned at the national headquarters of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), served as the city police director from 2013 to 2016.

 Matobato was the witness of Sen. Antonio Trillanes in the Senate investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings in connection to President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.

 Matobato, in the Senate investigation, admitted being a DDS member and pointed Duterte, then as city mayor, as the mastermind in their operations, including the murder of councilor Jun Pala.

 Matobato is reportedly now in hiding due to security reason.

 Several charges against him have been filed in court following his Senate testimonies, including the alleged kidnapping-murder of relative Sali Makdum in 2002.

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