Senator Alan Peter Cayetano challenged the real motive behind the Senate hearing on extra-judicial killings — where one witness is implicating President Rodrigo Duterte in summary killings in Davao City — back when Duterte was Mayor.
On Thursday, the Senate resumed its inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions in the country. Its key witness was Edgar Matobato, a self-professed member of the shadowy vigilante group Davao Death Squad.
Cayetano warned that the probe could be a ploy executed by the Liberal Party — former President Benigno Aquino and incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo's political party — to unseat President Duterte.
"Gusto ko ipakita na merong posibleng motibo ng paninira sa ating Pangulo dito… I'm asking about you [Sen. De Lima], your motive, and the motive of your party [Liberal Party] in this hearing… I am testing whether [the witnesses are credible] or is this part of the 'Plan B' of the Liberal Party para makuha ang Malacañang at manira lang," Cayetano said.