By Junex Doronio
November 5, 2022
MANILA — Based on the confirmation of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla on Saturday revealed that P550,000 was indeed deposited to the account of Joel Escorial who confessed to having gunned down hard-hitting journalist Percy Lapid.
Apparently fearing for his life, Escorial surrendered last October 18 to authorities after the P6.5 million bounty was announced.
“Nilabas din nila (Anti-Money Laundering Council) na ‘yung sinabi ni (confessed gunman Joel) Escorial ay very accurate. Nandoon talaga ‘yung P550,000 deposit within a certain amount of days,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) chief said in an interview on Dobol B TV.
This developed as several inmates are now reportedly under the custody of law enforcement agencies.
They have identified a former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) official as one of the masterminds in the Percy Lapid killing.
Remulla bared that the P550,000 was deposited in tranches within a three-week period.
On Saturday, November 5, the DOJ chief clarified that investigation is still ongoing to identify others who may have been involved in the plot to kill Lapid.
“Meron pa kaming sinisimot na may participation dito. Belated na ang kanilang pagiging co-accused kasi iimbestigahan pa rin,” Remulla further said.
Southern Police District (SPD) director Police Brigadier General Kirby Kraft earlier said that Escorial confessed that he received P550,000 through bank transfer after killing Lapid, whose real name was Percival Mabasa and brother of former National Press Club (NPC) president Roy Mabasa. (ai/mtvn)