June 28, 1968--- An impromptu fistfight between action star Jess Lapid and a movie bit player marred last night's awards ceremonies of the Third Manila Film Festival at the Manila Hotel. The scuffle, which occurred at the back row of the Fiesta Pavilion, was hardly noticed by the crowd although Mayor Antonio Villegas, who was on stage, was attracted by the commotion as he stood up to investigate. Police Precinct 3 Patrolman Vicente Ramirez broke up the fight and hauled Lapid and his rival, Jose Antonio Carreon, 21, of 2754 Faraday, Makati, to the precinct.
Fans, who attended the ceremonies, said timely arrival of policemen prevented Carreon from being beaten up by Lapid's cronies--- Jun Aristorenas and Paquito Diaz--- who surrounded Carreon as he wrestled with Lapid. AT the precinct headquarter, Lapid would not talk to give his side. At one instance, he even berated newsmen for "being too enterprising" and hurled unprintable remarks at a TV cameraman and a news photographer. Police sources said the fistfight was triggered by an altercation over a girl.
Two weeks after, in the early the morning of July 13, 1968, Jess Lapid was shot dead inside a Quezon City nightclub. Details here.