A squabble erupted among members of the Senate committee on justice and human rights when senators were told that self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato left the Senate building without informing the panel.
Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the committee, expressed dismay over Matobato’s action as he admitted having doubts on the latter’s credibility.
Gordon was informed by the office of Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th that Matobato was no longer around to answer the questions of the senators.
Gordon accused senators who presented Matobato of material concealment for allegedly hiding the information that Matobato has a pending case of kidnap-for-ransom.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson also expressed disappointment, saying Matobato took the committee for a ride. But Sen. Leila De Lima appealed to Gordon and Lacson not to conclude that Matobato’s sudden departure was deliberate and was part of a plan.
Gordon insisted that Matobato deliberately hid the information about his pending case. But based on the transcripts during the Sept. 15 hearing, Matobato admitted that he has a pending case in connection with the abduction of Sali Makdum.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao also expressed dismay after learning that Matobato already left. He said he skipped his training because he wanted to hear Matobato’s response to the statements of the resource persons present in the hearing.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes said that Matobato did not hide any information about his pending case and insisted that Gordon apologize to De lima but he refused.
After several exchanges with Gordon, De Lima walked out of the session hall. Pacquiao and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano moved that the hearing be terminated but Gordon refused. He instead suspend the hearing.
Gordon said the hearing will resume but he did not set a date.Jeff Antiporda