DOJ close to identifying mastermind of Percy Lapid killing — Roy Mabasa

DOJ close to identifying mastermind of Percy Lapid killing — Roy Mabasa

By Junex Doronio
November 2, 2022

Percy Lapid on air, and the crime scene (Photo courtesy of CNN Ph)

MANILA — Just like the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, it seems that the dastardly slaying of hard-hitting broadcaster Percy Lapid will soon get justice.

This possibility surfaced on Wednesday, November 2, as Roy Mabasa — former president of the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) and brother of Percy Lapid, whose real name was Percival Mabasa, expressed the belief that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is close to identifying the mastermind behind the killing of his brother.

“Sa palagay ko nalalapit na tayo. Sa aming mga pag-uusap kanina, mukhang meron nang tinutumbok. Subalit I’m not at liberty to say to you kung ano ‘yung mga pangalan o pagkakakilanlan,” Mabasa said.

The killing of Percy Lapid has sparked indignation from some foreign governments around the world.

“Journalist killings strike at the very core of media freedom and can create a chilling effect that curtails the ability of journalists to report the news freely and safely,” read a joint statement earlier issued by the embassies of Canada and the Netherlands.

The French embassy in Manila also backed the joint statement of Canada and the Netherlands as it added its voice to calls to protect press freedom in the Philippines.

“The embassy of France in the Philippines expresses its solidarity with the family of Mr. Mabasa. It supports the declaration by the Media Freedom Coalition co-chairs. France reaffirms its resolute, unwavering commitment to the freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and protection of journalists,” it said.

The European Union also aired support for the position taken by Canada and the Netherlands.

Acknowledging the outpouring of support, both foreign and local, Mabasa said he will let the DOJ, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) complete the investigation.

The former NPC president disclosed that they may file additional murder charges against those involved by Friday or until Monday next week.

However, Mabasa could not yet divulge the number of persons to be charged. (ai/mtvn)

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