‘Cinderella Man’ story possibly pushed Bantag to order Percy Lapid slay – Remulla

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla on Wednesday pointed to the “Cinderella Man” story that possibly pushed suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag to allegedly order the killing of journalist Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa.

Remulla detailed how Bantag was absent during the last September 9 graduation ceremony of the University of Perpetual Help in New Bilibid Prison, which was also the day that Lapid went to Bantag’s house in Laguna to expose his alleged wealth.

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“Gumagawa siya ng storya, yung Cinderella Man, yung kanyang video, yun iyon eh. Lumabas yung Cinderalla Man, September 15. September 9 nung pumunta sa bahay niya, para kumuha ng pictures sa village, tapos September 17, nagsimula na yung plots.” the DOJ chief said in an interview with reporters.

(He made a story, the Cinderella Man, that video, that was it. The Cinderella Man came out September 15. September 9, he went to his house to get photos in the village, and September 17, the plots began).

WATCH: SOJ Remulla : A new fact reached us yesterday. Actually this is really for the prosecutors to introduce into evidence about the absence of General Bantag in the Sept 9 graduation in Bilibid, the graduation of Perpetual Help University, University of Perpetual Help Delta. pic.twitter.com/2TxQiRSFxm

— chonayuINQ (@chonayu1) November 9, 2022

Remulla: Si Percy Lapid nagpunta sa bahay niya sa Laguna. Yun yung, pagkatapos nun, lumabas yung Cinderella man ni Percy Lapid. That was the basis. That day itself, noong nalaman ni Bantag, ni Gen. Bantag na andun si Percy Lapid sa Laguna, medyo nagalit. @radyoinqonline pic.twitter.com/AST41MoSOi

— chonayuINQ (@chonayu1) November 9, 2022

Lapid’s Cinderalla Man story came out in September 2022.

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Remulla said that once Bantag found out about Lapid taking photos, he was angry and went back to his village. He said that Bantag’s absence in the ceremony was significant because all of the University of Perpetual Help’s Board of Trustees should have been there.