The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the killing of veteran broadcaster Percival Mabasa or Percy Lapid is not yet declared a “case closed” even if one of the killers has already surrendered.

PNP spokesman Police Col. Redrico Maranan said the investigation is ongoing since the mastermind behind the murder of Lapid is still at large. 

“Ang kaso ni Percy Mabasa ay hindi pa case closed. Hindi pa rin siya case solved sapagkat hindi pa natin naaabot ‘yung talagang pinaka-mastermind,” he said during a public briefing.

“So, patuloy ang pagtitiyaga, pagtatrabaho ng ating mga imbestigador ng ating mga pulis na nakatutok diyan nang sa ganon nga ay dumating na ito at humantong na talaga doon sa tinatawag nating logical conclusion,” Maranan added.

Earlier, gunman Joel Escorial turned himself in and confessed as one of the killers.  He also named a certain Cristito Villamor as one of the killers. Another middleman, a Christopher Bacoto, has also been identified. 

 

Ronald Espartinez