Authorities release photo of suspect in Lapid killing

Authorities release photo of suspect in Lapid killing

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — Authorities have released a photo of the person of interest in connection with the killing of veteran journalist Percy Lapid based on CCTV footage obtained at the scene of the crime.

The photo shows a man walking near the crime scene, believed to be the same as the photo of the motorcycle rider who shot Lapid.

“Ito po, halos kita niyo na ang mukha niya, ang itsura niya, ang katawan niya, ang built niya. I know malapit na ho ito, konti na lang ito,” Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. said.

“Marami nang nakakalam sa iyo. Marami nang magsusumbong. Siguro, sumuko ka na. Napaka importante na sumuko ka. Sapagkat pag-isipan mo, iyong mga taong nag-utos sa’yo, maaaring may gawing masama sa iyo,” he added.

The police have offered a P1.5 million reward for those who can provide information to catch those behind the murder.

“Alam naman ninyo na tayo’y nagbibigay ng reward – P500,000 galing sa akin at P1 million galing kay Alex Lopez at marami pang gustong tumulong,” Abalos said.

Meanwhile, he also urged the suspect to surrender to the authorities.

“Napaka-importante na sumuko ka sapagkat pag isipan mo ‘yung mga nag utos sa iyo, baka may gawing masama sa iyo. Ang pinakamagandang gawin mo sumuko ka at pabayaan mo mag-take over na ang kapulisan dito,” Abalos said. (ai/mtvn)

DILG Sec. Benhur Abalos shows the photo of the possible person of interest in the Percy Lapid killing (PNA photo courtesy)

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