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Witness says Philippine president ordered killings

  • Former Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato answers questions as he testifies before the Philippine Senate in Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday Sept. 15, 2016. Matobato said that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Former Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato answers questions as he testifies before the Philippine Senate in Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday Sept. 15, 2016. Matobato said that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses Philippine Air Force personnel during his "Talk with the Airmen" on the anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in suburban Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. A former Filipino militiaman testified before the country's Senate on Thursday, Sept. 15 that President Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses Philippine Air Force personnel during his "Talk with the Airmen" on the anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in suburban Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. A former Filipino militiaman testified before the country's Senate on Thursday, Sept. 15 that President Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato gestures as he testifies before the Philippine Senate in Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Matobato said that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Former Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato gestures as he testifies before the Philippine Senate in Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Matobato said that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

A former Filipino militiaman testified before the country's Senate that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead.

Edgar Matobato, 57, told the nationally televised Senate committee hearing that he heard Duterte order some of the killings and acknowledged he himself carried out some of the abductions and deadly assaults, including a man who they fed to a crocodile in 2007 in southern Davao city.

There was no immediate reaction from Duterte, who has denied any role in extra-judicial killings of criminals when he was the longtime mayor of Davao and after he assumed the presidency in June.