Matobato said that in addition to criminals, opponents of Duterte were also targeted, as were journalists and Muslims, according to this summary from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. All in all, he said, more than a thousand people were killed from 1988 to 2013 by the “Davao Death Squad,” a vigilante group of which he was a part. Duterte hired the group for killings, he said.

The senate hearing had to break briefly as senators discussed how to ensure the safety of Matobato.

Matobato refuted accusations from one senator, a supporter of the president, that he was put up to testify against Duterte by the opposition party.

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