• San Beda dean: Senate witness ‘more credible’

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    EDGAR Matobato — the confessed hit man who claimed in a Senate inquiry that he was involved in killing 1,000 people from 1988 to 2013 on orders of then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte — is more credible than the inmates who testified against Sen. Leila de Lima at the House of Representatives.

    Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law, made a number of observations on the probe into the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison, conducted by the House justice committee.

    Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, a San Beda law alumnus like Duterte and de Lima, presented convicts Herbert Colanggo and Rodolfo Magleo on Tuesday and Noel Martinez, Jaime Patcho and Jojo Baligad on Wednesday.

    Magleo — who claimed that inmates Jaybee Sebastian and Colanggo were able to run “sin-city” type business in the Bilibid because they paid off de Lima through an aide — particularly earned the ire of Aquino.

    “What a joke! Aguirre presented Magleo to much fanfare thinking that his witness was a bombshell on de Lima? Matobato was more credible than Magleo. In his surfeit of confidence, he (Magleo) sounded every inch a coached and rehearsed witness,” Aquino said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

    “He had the answers even before the questions were completed, he volunteered what was not asked. When Aguirre forgot part of the script, Magleo asked for permission to fill in the blanks, and Magleo successfully blurred the essential lines between personal knowledge, hearsay, conjecture and conclusion,” Aquino added.

    Aquino also went after House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte who was quoted as saying that it was not the business of the House to weigh on the truthfulness of the testimonies of the witnesses, but the Department of Justice that will file the cases before court.

    On Wednesday, the priest and legal expert wrote a Facebook post titled: “One more day of witnesses … and stories … and tales.”

    “If Leila de Lima has been on the take as is alleged, she has to face the music: She must be prosecuted, tried and punished. But let the evidence against her be veridical, competent and sufficient to leave no doubt. But Congressman Fariñas has this strange theory that Congress should not bother about the truth of the testimony of witnesses. Does legislation rest on fiction then? I am aghast!” Aquino said.

    ‘Only some witnesses credible’
    For political analyst Ramon Casiple, not all witnesses presented during the hearing of the House committee on justice were credible because some had axes to grind against de Lima.

    Casiple did not mention the names of the witnesses he found credible except for police official Benjamin Magalong, who attended the House probe as a resource person.

    Magalong in his testimony said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police was left out in the December 2014 raid at the New Bilibid Prison despite the fact that they came up with the suggestion.

    Casiple likewise said the House witnesses were not able to give strong evidence that would link de Lima to the supposed drug operations at the national penitentiary.

    “When you are talking about money, you must have material evidence that would support your claims,” the political analyst said.

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    1. What load of crap is this?…. Ah…kaya pala… aquino. Credible because of those self-satisfying observations… I guess your observation skills are VERY bad. I sense Bull in this article.

    2. Fr Rahnhillo Aquino is only human. He is influenced by his friendship with Rafael Baraan. He repeatedly swears by their friendship and Baraan’s innocence. Whatever the deal they have, it just goes to show that priests also have their own weaknesses and failings. The sin of Pride is very evident from his stance. He loves to listen to the sound of his voice and loves to show off his high falluting words on radio and tv. However intelligent he wants to project himself, it exposes his motives. He just picks on the weak witnesses like magleo and never comments on the statement of General Magalong or Colangco. He says the drug problem is not so important even though it has made possible narcopolitics , the election of a senator who destroyed millions of people’s lives. How dare his highness to belittle our desperation from the drug menace. My family is a victim of the drugs that his friends Baraan and Delima subjected us to. He does not care about our daily anguish with having to live with family members addicted to drugs who not only have drained us financially but also is a constant threat to our lives. His prime concern is the traffic to his San Beda office. For a priest, that is so selfish to not care about the plight of the people because of his friendship with Baraan problem with traffic.
      Father you are at the wrong side of history. Magsama kyo Nila Delma at Baraan. Everybody I know were hurt with what you did. Thank you for making us see the real you.

      • One thing about the Philippines no matter how far out there a government goes there are always people that will justify everything they do. Rabid fanatics willing to overlook anything and everything.

    3. Fr Rahnhillo Aquino is only human. He is influenced by his friendship with Rafael Baraan. He repeatedly swears by their friendship and Baraan’s innocence. Whatever the deal they have, it just goes to show that priests also have their own weaknesses and failings. Pride which is one of the cardinal sins is very evident from his stance. He loves to listen to the sound of his voice and loves to show off his high falluting words. However intelligent he wants to project himself, it exposes his motives. He just picks on the weak witnesses like magleo and never comments on the statement of gen Magalong or Colangco. According to him drug problem is not so important even though it has made possible narcopolitics and the election of a senator who destroyed millions of people’s lives. His prime concern is the traffic to his San Beda office. For a priest, that is so selfish to not care about the plight of the people because of your frienship with Baraan and your problem with traffic. Father you are at the wrong side of history. Magsama kyo Nila Delma at Baraan. Everybody I know hates what you did. Thank you for making us hate the priesthood you represent.

    4. Paano maging credible yan e wala nga mag collaborate Sa mga sinasabi Nya! Tinanong nga sya ni Sen Lacson Kung Meron syang mga kasamahan Na puedeng mag collaborate Sa mga sinasabi Nya at ang sagot Nya ay “WALA”! Ibig sabihin story telling a lie yan lahat ng sinasabi Nya! Kitam coached witness! Mas credible yung mga witnesses Sa congress at alam Na alam Nila ang buong storya Sa NBP at Hindi Lang isang witness kundi multiple witnesses ang nagsasalita ng tungkol Sa illegal drug trade Sa NBP. ANO para Kaya Kung magsalita sina LTCOL Marcelino at dating Boss Nya ng PDEA? Labas ang baho ng mga yellow nyan!

    5. I think we have to respect all views and let’s not Digonized the views by insulting one another.
      Fr.Ranhilio Aquino, dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law has expressed his views and there are many people who agrees with him. This investigation is still far from over and there will be more revelations and I hope everyone stay calm.

      • respect is there coz he is a priest but it is so obvious that Matobato is not credible..i just watched how Senator Manny pacquiao asked him in the senate… ” Kung ikaw tatanungin maniniwala ka ba sa tao kapag paiba iba ang sansabi nya? (Manny asked) Answered by matobato:” Hindi man ako maniwala sir “… Manny said: ” Panu mo kami mapapaniwala dito s Senado kng ikaw mismo paiba iba ang statement… Nung nkraan lang sbi mo me 4 na pinatay k na bodyguard ni Nograles kaw pa ismo bumaril… tinapon nyo pa s ilog… pro Nung c nograles na nagbigay ng statement sinabi nya na wala sya namatay na bodyguard nung tinanggi ni Nograles bigla mo sinabi na iba pla hndi c Nogrles… panu kami maniwala sau dito lahat at ng sambayanang Pilipino na totoo lahat sinasabi mo?” Father Ranhilio AQUINO… nsan ang sinasabi mo na pagigng credible witness ni Matobato……mrami na sya sablay sa Senado.. at totoo ang snasabi ni Pacquiao kng wala ngcoach sa knya at gsto nya isiwalat ang totoo no matter what happen hnding hndi nya ito makakalimutan …it means he was coached by someone,,, .. wag tau magbulagbulagan… Dahil ba sa Aquino ka…those who agree with Fr. Ranhilio Aquino.. they are all Dilawan… mas crdible pa ang nasa congress kc lahat sila pare parehas ng snasabi at dretso at walang kaba.. unlike Matobato.. he is scared and before he cannot directly answer the question….

        Para kay Mr. Romeo Tuazon.. please lang manuod ka ng maayos ng TV at panuorin ng ayos ang testimony nina colangco dun plang mllman mo na buong pinas hwak ni delima.. bakit ilang ba ang naging Secretary of Justice nung panahon na yun s buong Pilipinas ang pagkakaaalam ko isa lang so since c delima tinuturo s Bilibid di ba obvious na sya din s Cebu.. halleerrr… iisa lang pagkukuhanan nila and im sure of that… wag magbulagbulagan…kitang kita na ttuklawin ka na ng ga ebidensya at witnesses pinagtatanggol mo pa…kawawa mga tao na malapit na sa katotohanan pilit pa ipinipikit ang mga mata

    6. This so called fanatic cannot just accept the legal opinion of others but have to troll their ways as if they knew about laws and legal evidences.

    7. I don’t see any Nationalist standing for what is right. If Legislative, Justice and Military/ Police chose injustice to our countrymen . then we are back to Martial Law.. What is wrong will go wrong.

      • I cannot believe a dean of Graduate School of San Beda would find more credible a ludicrous, preposterous and ridiculous testimony of a confessed killer – Matobato than those of the convicts’. Is this Dean sane enough to deserve his title? Should this insanity be charged against a progressing Alzheimer? Perhaps, those who are considering to take up law in San Beda should seriously reconsider other schools.

      • Juliet of yellows on

        trying to twist the reality, He must be removed from that school,what a shame to the school dignity..So stupid, prepered the witness shouting names without affidavit. How this dean become a professional

    8. The San Beda Dean is a product of his own world and may as well be a lawyer for Delimma. His critical faculties are suspended when he looks at this controversy because it threatens the well ordered world of the Church bigwigs and the elite of this country who are the only ones who can send their children to San Beda. To say what had been the observation by many about the ridiculous senate witness would be to invite the hostility of the elite who are anxious about the steamrolling revolution of Duterte and who might become wary of San Beda when Ateneo is the bulwark of the Philippine alternate universe of American accented fops and creamy skinned airconditioned colegialas the sons and daughters of the Corporate entities and caciques….so shamelessly he takes side …..

      • Juliet of yellows on

        This we called professionals can twist the law using their name…Delima must inhibit because she was the focus on NBP drug protector

    9. Anak ng titing ka pader talagang ang apelyedo mo ay mana kay abnoy wala na talagang pag asa ang apelyedo mula pa kay ninoy hangang sayo at kay abnoy, grabe kang mang insulto, ano akala mo sa sarili mo Mr. dean dilaw ikaw lang nakakaintindi kung sino ang tama oy mag aral ka uli theology mo oki sira ulo yung mali gusto mong itama ibalik mo yung kaapelyedo mo buang kang pare ka busit !!!!

    10. basta father(padre) anti duterte kasi ano ano ginawa nila kalokohan sa admin abnoy,ngayon i believe in god not father(padre)dapat neutral parang mas kinakampi nila yung mga kriminal.

    11. I agree with the gist of this article. The allegation against De Lima is a trumped -up allegation to effectively stop her from investigating the president. Pres. Duterte is not the person who will save the country. I have the belief that he can be dangerous to the country because he is willing to do anything to get his way.

      • When Sen. Leila De Lima (then Justice Secretary) raided BuCor and transferred the “bigtime drug lords” to the NBI , she left JB Sebastian behind … why Father ?

      • Sen. Leila De Lima was invited by Congress to air her side but ignored the invitation being protected by “inter-parliamentary courtesy .

        Very intelligent and feisty as she is , she should have faced and confronted her accusers face to face to prove her innocence.

        What did she do ? … she aired her side to the MEDIA her and there , hoping perhaps that the International Committee On Human Rights would come to her rescue (in my opinion).

      • Yes thanks there are so many of us sharing ur views but are afraid to come out and speak.hopefully many of those who mastered the art of killing are scot free and soon this country will be saturated with the likes of them.who can we turn to if police and vigilantes are in the same boat

      • I agreed it is fabricated, well coached and I believed these witness were promised big pay off or early release. Or they were intimidated and urge to testify against Delima. Kahit na nga sa ibang jail lalo na sa Cebu nakakapasok pa rin at nakakag operate pa rin ng shabu. O may kinalaman ba si Delima doon? Talagang nakakalusot sila kahit may Guardia.

    12. Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, you disrespected my alma mater? How in the world would you believe a witness who claimed murdering 50 and participating in killing 1,000 victim yet when giving specific instance like the killing the 4 bodyguards of P. Nograles, his testimony crumbled because this incident never happened? And there are a lot more inconsistencies and outright fabrications. On the contrary, the testimonies of the resource persons in the House Inquiry were very consistent, and at times corroborated and all pointed to common cause-that the proliferation of drug in the NBP was due to a fund raising for the candidacy of DeLima. While the convict testimonies might not be directly linked to DeLima, the corroborated testimonies of Ragos and Ablen directly linked her and her driver/lover, Ronnie Dayan. Further, the testimony of Police Director Magalong was so damming that it pre-empted DeLima’s defence and previous statement that she was the who initiated the raid in the NBP. We know now that Oplan Galugad was a sham operation. With the partication of former General Garbo and Villasanta on the sham raid, higher officials than DeLima might be implicated too.
      Abangan!!!!!!

      • The proliferation of drugs drugs is not limited to NBP. How about the 4.5 millions pesos and shabu found in 2 jail in Cebu through Oplan Galugad? The two city jails is a den of drugs, they buy and sell. Ano masasabi nyo? So wake up. It’s not only in NBP, almost every jail house in the country, drug trades are rampant. We have weak jail procedures plus corrupt Den Wardens are the problem, not DeLima. In the US, Russia, China, Indonesia, drugs proliferation a in jail are unheard of. May God do whatever is right in His sight.

    13. Ano na ang nangyari sa “separation of church and state” ? Bakit nakikisawsaw ang paring ito ? Dapat ay sabihin niya kay Fr Raul Cabonce na sumuko na sa pulisya at harapin ang akusado niya. 2009 pa nangyari yun.

      • Para kay Mr. Romeo Tuazon.. please lang manuod ka ng maayos ng TV at panuorin ng ayos ang testimony nina colangco dun plang mllman mo na buong pinas hwak ni delima.. bakit ilang ba ang naging Secretary of Justice nung panahon na yun s buong Pilipinas ang pagkakaaalam ko isa lang so since c delima tinuturo s Bilibid di ba obvious na sya din s Cebu..
        Anu ba bansa nakaksakop s Cebu di ba Pnas san ba Secretary of Justice c delima eh di ba Pilipinas… isa lang Secretary of Justice pwera na lang kung me alam ka iba pa …halleerrr… iisa lang pagkukuhanan nila and im sure of that… wag magbulagbulagan…kitang kita na ttuklawin ka na ng ga ebidensya at witnesses pinagtatanggol mo pa…kawawa mga tao na malapit na sa katotohanan pilit pa ipinipikit ang mga mata

    14. According to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd the inmates were credible and their testimonies would be vital in filing charges against de Lima, former Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan 3rd, and former de Lima aides Ronnie Dayan and Joenel Sanchez, among others.

      “The credibility of these witnesses are not compromised because of the crime they committed in the past. I have been a litigator for 44 years, and in 10 minutes, I can tell if the witness is lying,” Aguirre said in a news conference.

      “You have seen the demeanor of the witnesses. They are relaxed,” Aguirre added.
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      Another administration and the same type of incompetent officials making their own rules.
      Aguirre believes he can tell who is lying in 10 minutes,
      Everyone who testified is a criminal even the people who claim to have transported the money.

      Doesn’t matter how many jail house informants 30 or 300 you have unless you have hard evidence to back up the accusations but once again congress and the law enforcement agencies are proving that they have little integrity.

      • Once the investigation proves and have documentary evidence of the money trail then your expectation that DE5 is innocent will crumble. Just wait and you will see Mr. YELLOW.

      • Juliet of yellows on

        FYI
        why don’t you apply for prosecutor, U look better than Aguire..Go now and depend the yellow arnarchy…

      • Not defending De LIma,

        The new Dept of Justice head (Aguirre) is just as incompetent as De Lima was when she headed it.
        I find it rather insulting that someone who is the head of the Dept of Justice wastes everyone’s time with this he said she said crap.

        Compile the evidence and win a conviction in a court of law or is that impossible in the Philippines ?

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