Broadcaster slain in Metro Manila, second in PBBM admin

By Ali G. Macabalang

Slain broadcaster Percival Lapid. (Online photo)

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Radio broadcaster Percival Lapid, popular in his program slot called “Lapid Fire,” was shot dead by still unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen in Las Pinas City on Monday night. He was the second journalist killed under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Lapid, elder brother of past National Press Club president and former Manila Bulletin chief of reporters Roy Mabasa, was gunned down inside his vehicle at around 8:30pm along Aria Street in Barangay Talon Dos, according to the police.

Two empty shells from a gun of unknown caliber were found on the scene, said the Philippine National Police, which has formed a special investigation task force to probe the incident.

Members of the Lapid or Mabasa family, the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP), the Akbayan Party, and other sectors have vehemently condemned the attack.

Lapid’s car being checked by responders. (Online photo)

“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,” the family said in a published report.

The family added: “Percy is beloved by many and highly respected by peers, fans and foes alike. His bold and sharp commentaries cut through the barrage of fake news over the airwaves and social media. We demand that his cowardly assassins be brought to justice.”

The Cotabato City-based Bangsamoro Press Corps has expressed similar condemnation of Lapid’s killing, prodding onion-skinned officials in public and private sectors to resort to legal remedies when reacting to critical media  works. 

Percy was the second journalist slain under the Marcos Jr. regime, according to the NUJP. Last September 18, radio broadcaster Rey Blanco was stabbed to death in Negros Oriental said.   

Lapid was the 197th journalist killed in the Philippines since 1986. At least 99 of the fatalities were radio announcers, according to the NUJP, which said that the country remains a dangerous place for journalists.

He hosted a regular program “Lapid Fire” on DWBL 1242. His commentaries were highly critical of wrongdoings in government functionaries, in particular, and the Marcos and Duterte administrations, in general.

He had uploaded his program videos on Facebook. The last two uploads talked about resigned Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez, a Rappler report said.

Lapid also previously aired his commentaries on the dangers of red tagging, the issue of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators, and even on Martial Law, the report said.

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