Davao City Judge Mandalupe to issue warrant of arrest against Matobato
Edgar Matobato and his lawyer Atty. Gregorio Andolana failed to show up at their scheduled hearing on Tuesday to put on trial for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition at Davao City's Municipal Trial Court Branch 3.
Judge Silverio Mandalupe will be issuing a warrant of arrest after Matobato neglected to appear at the hearing.
Matobato was blamed for conveying Colt .45 caliber pistol outside of his home without a permit or valid authority on June 19, 2014.
In the statement of Assistant City Prosecutor Oliver Saniel, he said, "There [is] reasonable ground to believe that a crime has been committed and that the accused is probably guilty."
Matobato is a self-confessed assassin and tagged President Duterte on alleged extrajudicial killings.
He was also facing frustrated murder after a retired regional agrarian reform adjudicator Atty. Abeto Salcedo JR. identified and filed a case against him.
Salcedo said that the Senate witness was involved in his ambush and attempted to kill him.