Bantag files murder, misconduct complaints vs Remulla, others before Ombudsman

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 5) — Suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag has filed murder and grave misconduct complaints against Justice Secretary Jesus “Boying” Remulla and other individuals before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Bantag’s complaint dated Jan. 4 alleged that Remulla was the mastermind behind a conspiracy which saw the killing of veteran broadcaster Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa last Oct. 3.

According to Bantag, Remulla had a motive to order the death of Mabasa after the broadcaster harshly criticized the secretary in an episode of the show Lapid Fire which aired days before he was shot to death.

The complaint also alleged that Remulla was responsible for the death of Crisanto Jun Villamor, who was tagged by the police as the middleman in the Lapid killing. Forensics showed that Villamor died by suffocation.

Also named in Bantag's complaint were five persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who he alleged were involved in the plots to kill Lapid and Villamor.

Bantag also accused Bucor officer-in-charge Gregorio Catapang of involvement in the murder conspiracy because he allowed the accused PDLs to be transferred from the New Bilibid Prison to the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Remulla brushed off Bantag's complaints.

“He’s trying to exhaust all his possible remedies which is to go against me personally, but it will not change anything, the cases will continue,” Remulla said.

Murder cases were earlier filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the NBI against Bantag and former BuCor Officer Ricardo Zulueta for the alleged killing of Lapid and Villamor.

In December, Bantag also filed a separate libel and grave misconduct complaint against Remulla.

The suspended BuCor chief cited the Justice Secretary’s inaction after his son was arrested for drug charges as the basis for his misconduct complaint.

Bantag also said Remulla’s false claims that he had been excavating for the so-called Yamashita’s treasure during his tenure at the NBP caused him undue damage.

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CNN Philippines senior correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.