Union of journalists call for justice for Percy Lapid on first death anniversary

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Tuesday called for justice on the first death anniversary of veteran radio broadcaster Percival "Percy Lapid" Mabasa.

The NUJP along with campus journalists from different schools staged a protest in front of the Justice department.

“Syempre ang gusto natin ma-aresto yung alleged mastermind sa pagpatay kay Percy Lapid, hindi sapat na accessories to the crime lang ang nakakulong so hinahamon natin ang Department of Justice na gawin ang lahat para ma-aresto si Bantag,” NUJP Secretary General Len Olea said, referring to former Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag, tagged as the mastermind in the assassination of Mabasa.

[Translation: Of course, we want to arrest the alleged mastermind in the killing of Percy Lapid, it is not enough that the accessories to the crime are the only ones in jail. So, we are calling the attention of the Department of Justice to do everything to arrest Bantag.]

The groups said their call for justice is not just for Lapid but also for the other journalists who were slain for just doing their job.

On Oct. 3 last year, Lapid was killed on his way home in Las Piñas by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants.

READ: TIMELINE: The Percy Lapid slay case