Sa panig ni House Deputy Minority leader at ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro kinakailangan matukoy ang tunay na mastermind sa pagpaslang kay Mabasa a.k.a. Percy Lapid maging sa ibang mamamahayag.
“Let the judicial process run its course as murder raps were filed against suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag and others in relation the killing of broadcaster Percy Lapid, but we must also be vigilant that he may not just be a fall guy and all those involved should be held to account,” ani Castro.
“The Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) should also be more proactive in investigating other cases of media harassment and killings because up till now, the victims and their kin have yet to attain justice,” dagdag ng babaeng mambabatas.
“We must also note the growing need to have a paradigm shift in the penal system in the Philippines because the current jail system runs counter to being reformative and rehabilitative to offenders. In reality it further mires many offenders into a life of crime as what happened to the alleged middleman in the Percy Lapid killing, Jun Villamor, also known as Cristito Villamor Palaña, at the New Bilibid Prison,” aniya.
“Aside from this, the situation in Bilibid undoubtedly falls short of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners which prescribe standards is aspects including food, hygiene, and shelter. These cases are enough to merit an investigation and seek accountability on both past and present administrations of BuCor,” ani Castro . (GERRY BALDO)