Lapid's family to Marcos admin: Don't let Percy's death to be just a statistic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6, 2022) — The family of slain veteran radio broadcaster Percival Mabasa, popularly known as Percy Lapid, is appealing to the Marcos administration to fast-track the investigation that will point to his killers, after he was fatally shot earlier this week.

Lapid's brother, journalist Roy Mabasa, told CNN Philippines' The Source on Thursday that it would help if President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. himself would make a stronger call for a speedy resolution into the incident, so that his death will not just simply be a statistic of slain journalists.

"Isa lang ang pakiusap ng buong pamilya namin, na siguruhin na ang pagkamatay ni Ka Percy ay di magiging parte lamang ng statistics," Mabasa said.

[Translation: Our family only wishes for one thing, that the death of Ka Percy will not simply be part of the statistics.]

Mabasa cited data from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines that nearly 200 media workers have been killed in the country since 1986, with some of their cases still unresolved until today.

"Ayaw naming mabilang lang ang kaso ni Ka Percy sa numerong iyon. Kaya nakikiusap kami na tingnan pa, tutukan. Hangga't maari siguro makakatulong kung ang boses ng Pangulo ay mas malakas," Mabasa added. "Lahat naman yan mauuwi sa magandang bagay kung tututukan ng gobyerno."

[Translation: We do not want Ka Percy's case to simply be included in the statistics. We appeal to the authorities to continue monitoring the case. If possible, it would help if the President would make a louder call for its resolution. No effort will be wasted as long as the government is on top of this.]

PCol. Restituto Arcangel, District Director for Operations of Metro Manila's Southern Police District, told The Source that they were able to see a clearer angle of the gunman, one of the motorcycle-riding suspects involved in the shooting of the veteran journalist. Authorities are still in the process of identifying the suspects.

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Lapid, a critic of the current administration and of former President Rodrigo Duterte, was shot dead in his vehicle in Las Piñas City last Monday night after apparently receiving death threats.

The Philippine National Police has already formed its own task force to probe the killing. The police's forensic unit is also cross-matching two bullet cartridges found in the crime scene.

The Commission on Human Rights has also launched its motu propio investigation into the incident.