Category Archives: PRESS

Murder raps filed vs Bantag, others in Percy Lapid slay

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced the filing of murder complaints against suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag in connection with the ambush-slay of broadcast commentator Percival “Ka Percy Lapid” Mabasa.Justice Secretary… Read More

MEDIA GLOBAL WATCHDOG WORRIES OVER MEDIA KILLINGS UNDER MARCOS

Philippines at No. 7 among countries worst in convicting killers of journalists

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Read: Marcos admin committed to protecting journalists

The murder of two journalists under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, a global media watchdog said, raised fers that meddia killings in the Philippines might continue.

The murders of radio broadcaster Percival Mabasa and reporter Renato Blanco since Marcos took the country’s helm in late June 2022 “raised fears that the culture of violence and impunity (against media) will endure (in the Philippines), said the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in a report.

CPJ, a New York-based organization that monitors violence against media, in its annual Global Impunity Index, placed the Philippines at No. 7 among countries worst in convicting killers of journalists.


This is the third straight year that the Philippines earned the spot in the CPJ index with 14 murders still unsolved. 

Dinoy was working for a Mindanao-based online news outfit as a reporter and ancho,, when shot dead on October 30 in Bansalan town in Davao del Sur, by an unidentified gunman who forcibly entered his apartment.

Hard-hitting radio broadcaster Mabasa, also known as Percy Lapid, was killed near his home in Las Piñas City on October 3.

During the 2022 presidential election campaign, the favorite whipping dogs of Mabasa in his radio and social media commentaries were the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and then presidential bet Marcos.

“The election of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. brought hope of a shift away from outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign of intimidation and harassment of the press,” the CPJ, said in its report. in a lament that pointed to the killings of mediapersons under the administration of Marcos, son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

The top 8 countries in the CPJ Global Impunity Index in descending order with the highest tally of unsettled media-related murders are Somalia, Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Mexico, Philippines and Myanmar.



Second autopsy on remains of Lapid slay middleman to be released over the weekend,

8th suspect in Percy Lapid slay under custody

MANILA – An eighth person-of-interest (POI) in the case of slain broadcaster Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa has been secured by authorities, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday.Mico Clavano, DOJ spokesperson, told reporters the POI is a person deprived of liberty… Read More

DOJ eyes 2nd autopsy on alleged middleman in Percy Lapid slay

REMULLA: We cannot close the case until we know all the details

FOUL PLAY NOT RULED OUT

Suspended BuCor chief Bantag named person of interest

Investigators will continuously tie up loose ends and solve lingering questions in the case of slain broadcaster Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa, the Department of Justice (DOJ) assured.Prosecutors held the first preliminary investigation hearing Monday into the case of Joel… Read More

 

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. on Monday said they are not setting aside foul play over the death of inmate Cristito Villamor, the alleged middleman in the killing of veteran broadcaster Percival Mabasa also known as Percy Lapid.”It’s an unfortunate… Read More

Suspended BuCor chief Bantag named person of interest

Suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag is among the 160 personalities considered as persons of interest in the killing of broadcaster Percy Lapid, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday (October 24).