Philippines: Radio Broadcaster 'Percy Lapid' Murdered

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The Facts

  • Philippine authorities confirmed on Tuesday that journalist and radio host Percival Mabasa, known as "Percy Lapid," was killed on Monday night during an ambush outside his gated community in Las Piñas, Metro Manila.

  • According to local police, two motorcycle-riding gunmen approached Mabasa's car and shot him twice in the head. An investigation is underway to identify and locate the attackers.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

This brazen killing demonstrates how dangerous it is to be a journalist in the Philippines, and that press freedom remains under attack nationwide. Authorities must be diligent and conduct an impartial investigation of this tragic crime, tackling the culture of impunity that has been encouraging such attacks.

Pro-establishment narrative

Philippine Pres. Marcos Jr. has personally ordered authorities to investigate the unacceptable murder of Percy Lapid, indicating his unwavering commitment to ensuring the security of journalists. The Presidential Task Force on Media Security has been working together with local police to release a thorough investigation as soon as possible. The government is committed to justice.

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