THE Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 48 issued Thursday, March 9, an order to release self-professed hitman Edgar Matobato, accused of attempting to kill Abeto Salcedo Jr. in 2014, after posting P200,000 bail.
A court in Digos City earlier issued an arrest warrant against Matobato and his fellow accused Norberto Sinsona over a frustrated murder case.
According to Manila Police District (MPD) District Director Joel Coronel, Matobato surrendered to the police on Thursday morning.
Coronel said that although the warrant of arrest was released in Digos, the law provides that the accused can post bail in the nearest court.
The case against Matobato, alleged member of vigilante group Davao Death Squad (DDS), stemmed from a case filed by the Department of Justice last January for his alleged attempt to kill Salcedo, an Agrarian Reform adjudicator, on October 23, 2014.
The former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) official filed a case against Matobato days after the latter appeared in a Senate investigation on extrajudicial killings last September 15.
Salcedo recognized Matobato and identified him as the gunman who shot him at close range while he was emerging from the DAR provincial office in Digos.
Matobato, who admitted being a gun-for-hire who worked for then Davao mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte, had said he cannot be involved in the attempted murder of Salcedo since he was under the DOJ's witness protection program when the incident happened. (SunStar Philippines)