Remulla: 7 more POIs in Lapid slay secured by NBI

October 30, 2022 Hector Lawas 244 views

JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla has disclosed that seven more persons of interest (POIs) in the Percy Lapid slay, including the death of middleman Jun Villamor, have been secured by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

This brings to 15 the total number of POIs now under the custody of the NBI and Philippine National Police (PNP) as of Saturday.

“Marami na ho tayong nakakausap, marami na ho nagpapaliwanag, at may pito pa hong tao tayong kinuha na maaaring ito na ang magpapaliwanag at magtuturo na ang pagkamatay ni Jun Villamor ay isang hindi po aksidente, hindi po atake na natural, ngunit isang pinagplanuhang kamatayan,” said Remulla.

Remulla expressed confidence that formal charges will be filed in connection with the killing of the broadcaster this coming week.

“The results, it’s very satisfactory, I think we’ve made a lot of progress. I think that we can, the proper cases can be filed by the end of next week, hopefully,” Remulla said.

2 POIs as masterminds in gov’t custody Remulla has bared that there are “two persons of interest as masterminds” now under the custody of authorities.

Remulla, however, refused to identify them as he doesn’t want to pre-empt the ongoing investigation, which is entering its last phase.

“We have to determine everything and we do not want to violate any rights of anyone,” Remulla said.

“The investigation is almost over. It is just a matter of filing the cases and probably being able to identify the masterminds,” he pointed out.

Remulla assured the public that the identities of the masterminds will be revealed in the complaint which will be filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Death by asphyxiation

Last Saturday, forensic pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun released the result of her independent autopsy on the body of Villamor.

The autopsy performed by Fortun showed that Villamor died due to suffocation after a plastic bag was placed over his head.

“Based on available information regarding the circumstances surrounding the death, the manner is homicide,” Fortun said in her report.