Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ‘killed justice department employee’while mayor-INDEPENDENT UK
[Mr Duterte] emptied two Uzi magazines on him’
The President of the Philippines shot and killed a justice department employee while he was mayor of Davao city, a former death squad member has claimed.
In a televised committee hearing at the Philippines Senate on Thursday, former militia member Edgar Matobato said he and other members of the death squad saw Mr Duterte kill an agent from the justice department’s National Bureau of Investigation in 1993.
He said the death squad was blocked by the vehicle of an NBI agent and a confrontation led to a shootout, leaving the agent wounded and out of bullets.
He then alleges Mr Duterte, who was Davao mayor at the time, arrived as the scene and shot the agent with a submachine gun.
“Mayor Duterte was the one who finished him off,” Mr Matoboto said under oath, according to a translation from AFP.
“Jamisola [the justice department official] was still alive when he arrived. He [Mr Duterte] emptied two Uzi magazines on him.”
His hitman confirmed Duterte's statement and added that their targets were not only criminals but also opponents of Mr Duterte and one of his sons, Paolo Duterte, who is now the vice-mayor of Davao.