Ambush Survivor Tagged Motabato His Killer

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An ambush survivor claims Edgar Matobato, the self-confessed member of the “Davao Death Squad” tried to kill him at around 5:00 in the afternoon of October 23, 2014.

A retired regional adjudicator of the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) XI who survived an ambush in 2014 identified Matobato as the man who shot him several times.

“I was shocked, I was speechless” says retired regional agrarian reform adjudicator Lawyer Abeto Salcedo Jr. when he saw Matobato on television Thursday after.

Abeto narrated “I clearly remember his eyes, nose and mouth, every attributes, including his ball cap, he is the same person who tried to kill me in October 23, 2014.”

Abeto said on October 24, 2014, he was to decide on a land dispute involving 700 has. of land somewhere in Mindanao,

“I suspect that a top national government official hired the killers because I do not want to give in to their request to award the land to a group of businessman, who was his client,” he added.

While watching the live senate inquiry on the summary killings Salcedo Jr. didn’t expect that the still unknown gunman who tried to kill him in October 23, 2014 was on television “Nakuratan ko, wala ko nakatingog (I was shocked, I was speechless).

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Salcedo narrated he was travelling from the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) aboard the pick up truck of the department when he heard gun fires at the junction of Bonifacio St. and Bago Aplaya in Digos City, Davao del Sur at about 5:pm.

He was sitting at front seat beside the driver aboard the DAR’s service vehicle when their vehicle hit by series of gunfire.

“Pagliko namo sa kanto Bonifacio, buto-buto na, nahunong among sakyanan nidagan na akong driver, this gunman nidoul sya sa ako-gipaspasan ko ug pusil, kay half open man ang passenger window sa front seat, gisulod niya iya kamot ug iya ko gipusil, naghhigda ko sa sulod sa sakyana, sigehan naku ug sipa ang portahan hangtud milagrong ana-abri ug nakadagan ko balik sa among opisina kay doul ra man mga 30 to 50 meters ra, maskin daghan na ko ug igo sa bala.” Salcedo recalled.

(When we were at the junction of Bonifacio, I heard series of gunfire, our vehicle stopped and my driver ran away, this gunman went to the car and fired shots at me because the window of the front seat was half open, he entered his hand and fired at me while I was lying inside, I kept kicking the door until it miraculously opened, I had gunshot wounds but I managed to run back to our office which is just about 30 or 50 meters away from the ambush site),

Salcedo said he sustained six gunshot wounds, and three bullets are still inside his body one on his left knee, one in his large intestine and the third bullet in his (non-functioning) spinal colon.

“I can clearly remember his face because he was so close to me, only the glass window divided us,” Salcedo said in vernacular.

With the new development, Salcedo said he will confer with his lawyer to undertake the necessary action against Matobato.

Salcedo said he was informed that the group who tried to kill him were gun for hire and his price was P400,000.00.

He retired from office last January 2016.

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