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NCRPO releases latest photo of suspect in Lapid murder

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday released the latest photo of a suspect in the killing of broadcaster Percy Lapid last Oct. 3 in Las Piñas City.

The NCRPO also said the reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest of the suspects was increased to P1.5 million.

Lapid, host of the online broadcast program “Percy Lapid Fire” at DWBL 1242 and columnist for Hataw, was shot dead by two men while on his way home in Barangay Talon Dos, Las Piñas.

NCRPO chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo said images of a potential suspect or person of interest was captured on CCTV cameras along Lapid’s routes moments before the murder.

Estomo also announced that the reward money being offered for information leading to the resolution of the case has been increased from P500,000 to P1.5 million. The initial P500,000 reward came from Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos, while the rest came from the victim’s friends and concerned citizens.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it will provide security to members of the press who are receiving threats following the killing of Lapid.

In a press conference, PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. advised media workers to report to the PNP if there were threats to their life because of their job.

“It would be better if you inform us so we can provide you security. If you have a suspect, at least we can conduct an investigation. And if security is needed, we will provide one for you,” Azurin said.

He also encouraged a discussion with the members of the press to determine the level of threat against mediamen.

According to Azurin, the PNP continues to gather information and review CCTV footage to solve the case of Lapid, whose real name was Percival Mabasa.

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