Connect with us


Philippine prisons director accused of ordering murder of journalist



The Philippines Bureau of Corrections Director-General, Gerald Bantag, has been accused of ordering the murder of a prominent journalist and government critic, Percival Mabasa, who was gunned down on October 3, sparking international alarm over the safety of journalists in the country.

The accusation was made on Monday by the Philippine police in a statement indicting the now suspended prisons chief in the murder of Mabasa also known as Percy Lapid on his programmes, by a gunman, Joel Escorial, in a Manila suburb.

The police said it has already filed murder complaints against Bantag and his deputy security officer, Ricardo Zulueta, following a confession by Escorial who surrendered to authorities last month out of fear for his safety after police broadcast his face from security footage.

READ ALSO:Over 110 people killed as deadly storm destroys southern Philippines

Bantag and Zulueta have also been accused of ordering the killing of Cristito Villamor Palana, one of the prison inmates who allegedly passed on the kill order to Escorial.

Palana was suffocated with a plastic bag by members of his own gang after Escorial identified him to police, the police said.

According to the police, Bantag allegedly ordered the murder of Mabasa following the “continued expose by the latter of the issues against the former on his show,” Eugene Javier of the National Bureau of Investigation told reporters.

Mabasa was an outspoken critic of former president Rodrigo Duterte as well as his successor Ferdinand Marcos’s policies and aides.

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now