November 21, 2016 — A P1-million cash reward has been offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the persons behind the murder of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Regional Director Jonas Amora.
In a statement issued today, the Department of Finance (DOF) said the bounty was put up by the same individual from the private sector who earlier offered a P1-million reward for information leading to the arrest of the killers of Customs Deputy Commissioner Arturo Lachica last November 17.
The DOF condemned the killings of Lachica and Amora, saying it is “in contact with the highest levels of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest the perpetrators of both murders.”
Those who have any information relevant to the murders of Lachica and/or Amora can contact either DOF head executive assistant Marc Gregory Crisostomo or technical assistant Alddon Christner Ang.
Crisostomo and Ang can be contacted at telephone numbers (02)523-9215 and (02)523-9219.
The DOF did not identify the source of the cash reward and said the identity of the would-be informants would also remain strictly confidential.
Amora, who was the bureau’s regional director of Revenue Region 8-Makati City, was killed early Monday morning in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City by unknown assailants onboard a motorcycle.
The motive for the killing is still unknown, the BIR said.
Amora, a certified public accountant, rose from the ranks in the bureau, starting his stint in government service as a revenue examiner, and later as regional director in Quezon City, where he consistently delivered “topnotch performance.”
The BIR described Amora as a “dedicated public servant” who has no known enemies either in or out of the Bureau.
Lachica, for his part, was shot dead by a motorcycle-riding gunman at the corner of España Avenue and Kundiman Street in Sampaloc on Thursday night.
He was rushed to the nearby United Doctors Medical Center, where he was declared dead on arrival.
Lachica was a certified public accountant who was appointed deputy commissioner for the BOC Internal Administration Group (IAG) on 2014.
He was designated as deputy commissioner for the Revenue Collection and Monitoring Group in July 2015 and, since his posting there, had been active in filing cases against alleged smugglers and those involved in illegal and misdeclared imports.
Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon appointed Lachica back as IAG deputy commissioner last July.