Ambush killing of journalist underscores threat to Philippines press freedoms

A protester holds a sign with an image of slain broadcast journalist Percival Mabasa, also known as Percy Lapid, during a rally in Quezon City, Philippines, on Tuesday. (Rolex Dela Pena/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Radio commentator Percival Mabasa, also known as Percy Lapid, was fatally shot in an ambush in the Philippines late Monday, spurring outcry from rights groups and the country’s beleaguered journalists, who have increasingly been the target of violence and a government clampdown. He was 63.

The killing, which drew international attention, was condemned by several Western embassies and U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). It marks the second slaying of a journalist since Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. took office in June.

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