Slain broadcaster’s brother takes over radio program as ‘Lapid Fire’ returns on air

Images: Percy Lapid Fire
Images: Percy Lapid Fire

The radio commentary show Lapid Fire is returning on air two months after its host, the veteran broadcaster Percy Mabasa, known to his listeners as Percy Lapid, was gunned down in his SUV.

The show’s page, Percy Lapid Fire, posted a series of teasers featuring Lapid’s brother, journalist Roy Mabasa, taking over his late brother’s program.

“The truth that has been started must be continued and not forgotten,” the video’s caption read in Filipino.

“Thank you for tuning in. Our program, Ka Percy’s Lapid Fire, will return next week,” Mabasa says in the video. His voice changes as he ends the video with, “Magandang gabi (Good evening), Gen. Bantag,” addressing the suspended Bureau of Corrections chief.

In another video, Mabasa greets corrections deputy secretary Ricardo Zulueta in the same manner.

Both Bantag and Zulueta have been tagged as the alleged masterminds behind Lapid’s murder.

Lapid was murdered on Oct. 2 while driving to BF Resorts Las Piñas to record his program. Weeks after he was killed, a gunman named Joel Escorial surrendered himself to authorities — the same day the alleged middleman, a New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmate named Jun Villamor, died.

Although initial reports said there was no foul play involved in his death, an independent autopsy by forensic pathologist Raquel Fortun revealed Villamor died of asphyxiation.

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