By Junex Doronio
November 12, 2022
MANILA — As if proving to be an authentic brave Igorot warrior, suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Quitaleg Bantag has twitted Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla for asking him to yield.
Instead, Bantag tagged convicted drug lord German Agojo as the real mastermind in the October 3 dastardly killing of hard-hitting broadcaster/vlogger Percy Lapid.
“Wala naman ako, wala naman akong warrant of arrest pa, tapos sasabihin ninyo surrender? Pinagbakasyon ninyo ako ng three months, tapos sasabihin niyo nag-AWOL na ako? Anak ng teteng naman, Boying naman,” Bantag blurted out in his interview with SMNI on Friday, November 11.
The beleaguered suspended BuCor chief, who was appointed by then President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, claimed that it was Agojo who ordered the killing of Percy Lapid, whose real name was Percival Mabasa.
“Attention Lapid family, ‘yung pumatay po kay Percy Lapid ay tauhan nitong Agojo … Anong papel niya sa buhay? Tauhan niya daw ‘yung pumatay na si Escorial at Villamor na kaibigan niya, tauhan nitong si Agojo. Nakikita ninyo ba ang koneksyon? Ito ba pag-uutusan ko ba ito?” Bantag said.
However, he did not elaborate on what could be Agojo’s motive.
After the announcement of the P6.5 million bounty, Joel Escorial surrendered “out of fear for his life” and “confessed” before the media on Oct. 18 that he was the one who shot dead Lapid.
Strangely, supposed middleman Cristito Palaña (formerly identified by authorities as Jun or Crisanto Villamor). died inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) under Bantag’s watch, on the same day Escorial faced the media.