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Bongbong Marcos to slain journalist’s kin: ‘We are ready to help’

/ 11:13 AM October 06, 2022
Groups stage an indignation rally along Timog Avenue in Quezon City to denounce the killing of veteran broadcaster Percy Lapid.

An indignation rally was held along Timog Avenue in Quezon City on October 4, 2022.to condemn the killing of veteran broadcaster Percival Mabasa, who was more popularly known as Percy Lapid,  (Photo from Kabataan Partylist’s Facebook Page)

MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has relayed through Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin that the government is “ready to help” the grieving family of slain veteran broadcaster Percival Mabasa, more popularly known as Percy Lapid. 

Bersamin and Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Hubert Guevara visited Lapid’s wake in Parañaque City on Thursday morning.

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“We are ready to help. The President wants to send that message,” Bersamin told Lapid’s bereaved wife and son. 

Bersamin said that Marcos had since ordered Palace officials to keep an eye on the investigation into the journalist’s killing. 

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Bersamin also assured Lapid’s family that under the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, “everything will be done to get to the bottom of the crime.” 

The Philippine National Police earlier vowed to bring justice for Lapid. It has already formed a special investigation task force to look into the case.

READ: PNP vows to bring justice for slain Percy Lapid; says probe underway

Lapid, a fierce critic of the Duterte and Marcos administrations, was shot dead Monday night by a motorcycle-riding assailant at the gate of a subdivision in Las Piñas City.

Police said that a sport utility vehicle, believed to have been driven by an accomplice, was seen rear-ending Lapid’s vehicle before the shooting happened.

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READ: Radio commentator Percy Lapid shot dead in ambush

According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Lapid is the second journalist to have been killed under the Marcos administration. The first is radio broadcaster Rey Blanco, who has stabbed to death in Negros Oriental last September. 

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