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Edgar Matobato (born Edgar Matobato y Bernal) is a self-confessed hitman and serial killer who claims to be a former member of the Davao Death Squad or the "DDS", an alleged vigilante group tasked to summarily execute suspected criminals.

Edgar Matobato
Edgar Matobato y Bernal

OccupationVigilante, Assassin, Serial Killer
Military career
AllegianceDavao Death Squad (formerly Lambada Boys)
Years of service1988-2013

Senate hearingEdit

Matobato gained international attention when he appeared before the Philippine Senate on September 15, 2016[1] during a hearing on extrajudicial killings. At the hearing, the 57-year-old assassin narrated his experiences and even revealed names of policemen he worked with in the past. He confessed that he has killed many people, including an alleged terrorist named Sali Makdum. Matobato further recounted that former Davao City Mayor now Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once emptied an Uzi in killing a certain Hamizola, although the President has denied ties with Matobato and expressed that he doesn't know him.[2]

Matobato says he was among the names listed under Davao city hall’s civil security unit (CSU), which watched over markets, schools, and terminals to keep them safe, although he was considered a "ghost employee."[3] From 1988 to 2013, Matobato said hundreds were killed in the 25-year span of his service to Davao's CSU.[citation needed] Senator Alan Peter Cayetano questioned Matobato, pointing out how in his testimonies, he changed his stance from "pretending to have personal knowledge" to "hearsay."[citation needed]


On October 7, 2016, Edgar Matobato was turned over by Senator Antonio Trillanes to the Philippine National Police after an arrest warrant was issued to him.[4]


  1. ^ "IN THE KNOW: Edgar Matobato".
  2. ^ Corrales, Nestor. "Duterte on Matobato: I don't know him".
  3. ^ "Edgar Matobato: Liar or truth-teller?".
  4. ^ "Trillanes: PNP custody of Matobato 'temporary'".