The Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation filed a complaint Monday against suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag and others in connection with the killing of broadcaster Percy Lapid.
“A case has been filed with prosecutors and from there we will proceed with the actual case and hopefully this issue will be put to rest as it should be,” Justice Minister Jesus Crispin Remulla said in a news conference.
Bantag was suspended at New Bilibid Prison in October following the death of alleged middleman Jun Villamor, also known as Cristito Villamor Palaña.
He was also among 160 figures considered by police to be of interest in the assassination of Lapid, whose real name is Percival Mabasa.
Meanwhile, Joel Escorial, the professed shooter in Lapid’s assassination, previously said a certain “Bantag” ordered Lapid’s assassination.
Escorial has not disclosed who Bantag is, but Gerald Bantag was BuCor’s general manager at the time. —KBK, GMA Integrated News