The man who claims he was involved the deaths of more than 1,000 people is sitting on a plastic chair in the middle of a tropical paradise, cutting up a fresh coconut with a machete. The clear coconut milk runs down his hands and drips onto his black sneakers.Edgar Matobato says that he was a member of a death squad in the city of Davao in the southern Philippines for 25 years, a squad he says was established by the country’s current president, Rodrigo Duterte.Matobato smiles timidly. He grows passion fruit and guavas. The soil is fertile in his hiding place, the air smells aromatic, chickens are clucking and a soft wind caresses his salt-and-pepper hair. Matobato sees the beauty, but it doesn’t interest him.
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