Percy ‘killer’ surrenders

Percy ‘killer’ surrenders

DILG Sec. Benhur Abalos presents to the media this morning (Tuesday, 18 Oct 2022) the prime suspect (with vest) in the killing of hard-hitting radio commentator Percy Lapid together with ranking Philippine National Police officers.

By Junex Doronio

MANILA — Saying that he fears for his life, a man who claimed to have shot and killed hard-hitting radio broadcaster Percy Lapid has surrendered to the police three weeks after the dastardly ambush-slaying.

This was announced on Tuesday, October 18, by no less than Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos in a press conference.

“Ngayong umagang ‘to, gusto ko lang i-kumpirma na nasa kustodiya na ng PNP itong suspek na ang pangalan ay Joel Estorial. Siya ay of course taga-Quezon City,” the DILG chief said.

Estorial’s surrender came on the heels of a P6.5-million reward that has been dangled in exchange for information that would lead to the arrest of the persons behind the killing of Lapid.

“Ang initial report ay siya ay sumurrender out of fear for personal safety dahil natakot siya sa kanyang safety niya dahil pagkatapos ilabas sa publiko ang kanyang mukha,” Abalos further said.

Percy Lapid, whose real name is Percival Mabasa and host of online broadcast program “Percy Lapid Fire” at DWBL 1242 and columnist for Hataw, was ambushed and shot dead by two men while on his way home in Barangay Talon Dos, Las Piñas City, on October 3.

His killing sparked public outrage and even caught international attention. (ai/mtvn)

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