PNP crowd-sourcing Mabasa leads

Policemen investigating the killing of broadcaster Percival Mabasa are crowd-sourcing dashcam footage from motorists who may have captured images of the killers along Zapote-Alabang Road last 3 October.

On Monday, the National Capital Region Police Office released a second photo of one of at least two suspects, but just like the first picture, the image was not clear enough to positively identify the person.

The NCRPO, meanwhile, announced that the reward for anyone who can help the police solve the crime was increased from P500,000 to P6,500,000.

Mabasa, who used the name Percy Lapid in hosting hard-hitting radio broadcasts, was gunned down by two men aboard a motorcycle while onboard his vehicle in Barangay Talon Dos, Las Piñas City.

Metro Manila police chief P/Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo and Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos on Friday said an image of a person of interest in the murder was captured by CCTV cameras walking before Mabasa was shot dead.

Mabasa was laid to rest on Sunday at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City.

It was Southern Police District chief Col. Kirby John Brion Kraft who sought the help of motorists to check their dash cam footage if they had passed by the killers’ route before and prior to the shooting.

Kraft admitted that the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group is having a hard time enhancing the images of the suspects caught on CCTV cameras because it was dark and vehicle flow at the Alabang-Zapote Road was fast.

A brother of the victim, journalist Roy Mabasa, called on the police to unmask not only the killers, believed to be guns for hire, but also the masterminds.

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. also on Monday offered security to members of media who have received threats in line with their jobs.

Azurin advised journalists to report to the PNP any threat to them so the same can be expected.

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