PNP eyes Bantag among 160 persons of interest in Percy killing

PNP eyes Bantag among 160 persons of interest in Percy killing

By Junex Doronio
October 24, 2022

Gen. Gerald Bantag (Politiko photo courtesy)

‌MANILA — It ain’t over till it’s over as the saying goes and despite the announcement of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that it believes the killing of hard-hitting broadcaster Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa has been solved but around 160 personalities, including suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Director General Gerald Bantag, are now considered persons of interest in the dastardly murder.

This was disclosed on Monday, October 24, during a press briefing in Camp Crame called by PNP chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. who said the personalities were criticized by Lapid during his program.

“‘Yung nabanggit ko na out of the 160 na mga personalities doon na mga nakasama doon sa issues doon sa programa ni Sir Percy Lapid, ay lahat po ‘yun persons of interest,” Azurin said.

He added that police investigators reviewed the 600 postings of Lapid where he called out these people, which included politicians and military, and police officials.

“Nang sa ganun, makikita natin sino ba yung mga pinaka may issue na puwedeng magpagawa nun kay [Lapid],” Azurin explained.

When asked if these personalities include the suspended BuCor chief, Azurin affirmed: “Oo, kasama siya.”

However, Bantag could not be reached for comment as of this posting. (ai/mtvn)

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