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Personalities, netizens condemn the fatal shooting of staunch Marcos’s critic Percy Lapid

DailypediaOctober 11, 2022

Filipinos condemned the assassination of radio broadcaster Percy Lapid who was critical of the previous and current Administration until his demise.

Lapid’s family said he received death threats before he was gunned down. The deceased broadcaster usually discussed pressing issues, including alleged corruption activities by [certain] political figures.

Medyo challenging din po ‘yong magiging imbestigasyon pero from the looks of it, batay doon sa topics na kanyang tinalakay, ay malamang po work-related ito,” National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Secretary General Ronalyn Olea told CNN Philippines.

According to the Las Piñas City Police, Lapid was at the gate of a subdivision along Aria St., Barangay Talon Dos when he was fatally shot. One of the suspects rode a motorcycle while another was inside a white Toyota Fortuner.

We are deeply saddened and angered by the brutal and brazen killing of fearless broadcaster, father and husband, brother and friend, Percy Lapid,” a statement of Lapid’s family posted on Facebook said.

We strongly condemn this deplorable crime; it was committed not only against Percy, his family, and his profession, but against our country, his beloved Philippines, and the truth,” added the statement posted by Lapid’s younger brother, journalist and former National Press Club president Roy Mabasa.

Netizens believed that the Marcos administration had something to do with Lapid’s death.

The NUJP noted that Lapid, is the second journalist to get murdered under the Marcos regime. The first was radio broadcaster Rey Blanco, who got fatally stabbed in Negros Oriental in September. Lapid is also the 196th journalist to be killed since 1986.

Meanwhile, the PNP is now investigating the incident. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) also criticized the murder of Lapid, citing journalists’ role in “upholding democracy and demanding accountability in any society.”

“Any threat or attack to press freedom is a direct threat to people’s right to truth and information,” it said in a statement.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Hubert Guevarra will meet with the Presidential Task Force on Media Security and the Southern Police District to ensure the conduct of the investigation “proceeds without any problem and submit to us, report to us hopefully within the next seven days.”

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