BIR official killed in QC ambush

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – An official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) was killed in an ambush in Quezon City early Monday, November 21.

Jonas Amora, BIR regional director of the Makati City Revenue Region 8, was on his way to work, accompanied by his driver Angelito Pineda, when two armed male persons onboard a motorcycle fired at them several times at around 5:02 am Monday, an initial police report said.

The incident occurred at the corner of Major Santos Dizon and Katipunan Avenue in Barangay Escopa 2, Quezon City.

The victims were riding a white Toyota Innova.

INVESTIGATION. Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) respond to the ambush along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City on November 21, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

INVESTIGATION. Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) respond to the ambush along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City on November 21, 2016.

Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Police said Amora died on the spot, while Pineda was rushed to the nearby Quirino Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

'Special attention' to cases

This is the second ambush involving a government revenue official within the past week.

Last Thursday, November 17, Art Lachica, the Bureau of Customs' (BOC) deputy commissioner for its Internal Administration Group, was killed in an ambush along España Boulevard in Manila.

Both the BIR and BOC are under the Department of Finance. 

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said that the police will "pay special attention" to the high-profile ambushes in recent days.

"The other day, taga-Customs, ngayon, taga-BIR naman. We will look into that. The PNP will pay special attention to this kind of killings. Pag-uusapan namin ito at hindi na lang pwedeng palagi itong mangyari," he said.

(The other day, someone from Customs, now, someone from the BIR. We will look into that. The PNP will pay special attention to this kind of killings. We will discuss this because this should not be the norm.)

"We will investigate and do our best na hindi masundan itong ganitong killing (so that this won't happen again)," he added. – Rappler.com