Persons higher than Bantag may be named masterminds in Lapid slay — Mabasa lawyer

Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) Director Gerald BantagINQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines – Persons that have a higher ranking than suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director general Gerald Bantag can still be named as masterminds in the Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa slay, said the Mabasa family lawyer on Tuesday.

Authorities have named Bantag as one of the alleged masterminds behind Lapid’s killing, and the BuCor chief now faces murder raps. Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla has urged the BuCor chief to surrender.

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“From the results of the fact-finding investigation of the DOJ, as Secretary Remulla said, the totality of evidence points to General Bantag as the mastermind. Although, we are not discounting the possibility that there could be persons higher than Bantag that can be involved in the killings,” said Mabasa family lawyer Danilo Pelagio in an interview with ANC.

In a previous interview with DZMM, Lapid’s brother, Roy Mabasa, had said that former president Rodrigo Duterte should be a person of interest in Lapid’s killing, as Duterte was heavily criticized in the slain journalist’s commentary.