Who is Edgar Matobato?

Edgar Matobato is already 57, which is obvious as it is already evident by her hair color and aging appearance. He is believed to be a native of Samal island in Davao Del Norte. As based on his early life, Edgar’s socio-economic lifestyle belongs to the lower class family where he was fishing for a living.

Edgar Matobato works for the special action force unit of Davao City’s police force by being involved with the execution of repeat offenders in the city for several years. He served as an asset for the Philippine National Police, investigating several suspected dealers and users of prohibited narcotics in Davao City. He claims that he was hired to execute notorious dealers and manufacturers of illegal substance trade in the city for several years. He insists that he worked for the Davao City Death Squad along with the intelligence officers of the Philippine National Police.

Edgar Matobato.For many, he exposed several issues concerning with the implementation of extrajudicial executions in the Philippines. Edgar’s statements are fruitful as he exposed several issues concerning the application of a very rigid law enforcement style that irked the public. However, many are still questioning about the real identity of this person who stormed the mass media by dropping a trending issue that caught the attention of the public.

Thoughts on Extrajudicial Killings and Unexplained Disappearances

by: PJ Ruben T. Reyes and J. Mariano C. Del Castillo

Sadly, the Philippines in the eyes of the international community has a very poor human rights record due to its alarming incidence of extrajudicial killings and unexplained disappearances/abductions of private individuals without anyone being held accountable. And now, various sectors of the society are prodded to seek for viable solutions to address the poor human rights problems of the country.

We sincerely believe that the root of the problem is not really much on the laws related to curbing and punishing human rights violators. Actually, it has always been the implementation of these laws. As part of the judicial institution whose power is drawn from the pen, we are here to present some issues to be mulled over.

1. There is a need for a clear-cut definition of what ‘extrajudicial killing’ is, for homicide and murder are ‘extrajudicial killings’ too. The name is a misnomer since every killing, outside of the death penalty, is extrajudicial. Shouldn’t the crime be called a ‘political killing’ instead? When will a case fall under ‘extrajudicial killings’ in order that the special court can assume jurisdiction? Thus, the motive must be determined during investigation. This is relevant in the light of the existence of special courts to handle such cases. A categorical definition would pinpoint who are to be held liable and who are the victims.

An international NGO observed that such ‘extrajudicial killings’ in the Philippines show a common pattern:

  • “Surveillance and threats to the victims presumptively by officers;

  • Finding their names in an “Order of Battle” by military commanders;

  • Victim has an affiliation with lawful activist or leftist movements and political parties (including labor, journalism, women, peasants, environmental and other sectors);

  • Assassination (often in front of the families and friends) by hooded persons often driving motorbikes or unlicensed vehicles;

  • Scant investigation;

  • Witness intimidation and sometimes witness murder.”

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Philippines is my home…




Philippines is my home,where you can find the natural beauty that you have never seen before happiness of being part of it. and even if i’ll go to other country, i’ll be back because nothing compares the happiness and joy to be at home.It is a place where i lived, where i grew up, where I’ve experience my most happiest and embarrassing moment. where i tested myself on how to be more stronger to face challenges. Philippines is a land that I’m standing now and become more mature in things.


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