January 31, 2023

Filipino Guardian

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DOJ close to identifying Percy Lapid, who killed Mastermind, says victim’s brother

The brother of slain Percy Lapid on Wednesday expressed his belief that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is close to identifying the mastermind behind the station’s shooting.

“Sa palagay ko nalalapit na tayo. Sa aming mga pag-uusap kanina, mukhang meron nang tinutumbok. Subalit I am not at liberty to tell you kung ano ‘yung mga pangalan o pagkakakilanlan,” journalist Roy Mabasa said in an ambush interview.

(I think we’re close. Based on our previous discussion, it appears someone is already being identified. But I’m not at liberty to provide the names.)

He said he would let the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) complete the investigation.

“Hahayaan po natin d DOJ na tapusin ‘yung canilang trabaho kasama ng NBI and ang PNP and madkakaroon ‘at ng announcement in the next one, two or three days,” Mabasa said.

(We will let the DOJ do its job with the NBI and PNP. There may be an announcement in the next day, two, three.)

Meanwhile, he said they are trying to file additional murder charges against those involved by Friday or Monday next week. Mabasa said he could not disclose the number of people charged.

“May murder cases be na isasampa pero hindi ko pa alam ‘yung mga pangalan. Hindi can support not only the NBI but also the PNP,” he said.

(There will be murder charges, but I don’t know the names yet and can’t tell you given the ongoing investigations by the NBI and PNP.)

Before facing the media, Mabasa had a case conference with Attorney General Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla and NBI officials regarding the investigation.

“Kami Naman wrote to the DOJ, NBI at PNP to find some of the best sites to do malutas natin itong pagpatay to do kapatid and matunton kung sino po ‘yung mga nasa likod nito. Kasama na po ‘yung mga tinutukoy na mastermind,” he said.

(We thank the DOJ, NBI, and PNP for their efforts in solving my brother’s murder and identifying the individuals behind it, including those behind it.)

Mabasa said he and Remulla also agreed to provide security for her family but were not placed in the witness protection program because it would further limit their freedom of movement.

“[K]ung ilalagay ko sa WPP ‘yan is lalo na siguro silang makukulong. So the beginning is big and long by Seguridad Siguro. Nag agreed to Naman si Minister Remulla a few days ago,” he said.

(When they are put under WPP they feel more restricted. So we thought we should just give them reassurance. Minister Remulla agreed a few days ago.)

Lapid was shot dead in Las Piñas City on October 3.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun said the results of her autopsy on the body of Jun Villamor, the alleged intermediary in the Lapid assassination, showed the remains had a “history of asphyxia by plastic bag suffocation”.

Fortun said they plan to conduct further tests on Villamor’s body. – AOL, GMA News