President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday broke his silence on the filing of a complaint against him by self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato before the Office of the Ombudsman.
In his speech during the oath-taking of the officials of the People’s National Movement for Federalism in Malacañang, Duterte said he is willing to cooperate with the Ombudsman in its investigation but the probe should include all persons responsible.
“Fine, you investigate us. If you think there’s something wrong then mete out the proper penalty. Pero i-lahat mo Ma’am (But you should investigate everyone),” the President said, referring to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the aunt-in-law of his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Morales earlier said she will recuse herself from the investigation on Matobato’s complaint against the President.
“I take no part in cases against him and his family,” Morales said, citing as example her inhibition from a previous investigation of the so-called Davao Death Squad by the Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon.
On Friday, Matobato charged the President and son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte with murder and kidnapping.
Also included in the charge sheet were Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa and 25 former and incumbent police officers.
Matobato, who claimed to be a member of the vigilante group Davao Death Squad, alleged that Duterte masterminded the killings in Davao City when he was the city mayor.
But Malacañang dismissed Matobato’s claims, saying the complaint “is nothing but harassment aimed at distracting the Chief Executive from performing his duty.” CATHERINE VALENTE