P1-M up for info on Customs exec's killers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 21 2016 10:42 AM

A P1-million reward awaits anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of the criminals who killed Bureau of Customs (BOC) Deputy Commissioner Arturo Lachica, the Department of Finance (DOF) announced Sunday.

The agency said the reward is from an individual from the private sector.

"The DOF did not identify the source of the cash reward and said the identity of the would-be informant would remain strictly confidential," a statement from DOF spokesperson Paola Alvarez read.

Those who have any information relevant to the case may contact either head executive assistant Marc Gregory Crisostomo or technical assistant Alddon Christner Ang at 523-9215 and ?523-9219.

Lachica was gunned down while on his way home along España Boulevard in Manila on Thursday. He was declared dead-on-arrival at the United Doctors Medical Center.

BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said he instructed their intelligence and enforcement units to assist and support the agencies investigating the case.

"I am optimistic that the truth, as well as the perpetrators of this heinous crime, will soon be exposed," he said in a statement.

Lachica is a lawyer and certified public accountant who has been with the bureau for two years, where during this time, he was active in filing cases against alleged smugglers.

The National Bureau of Investigation is looking into the possibility of Lachica's work with the BOC as the motive of the killing. The Manila Police District has created a special task force to take on the case. - with report from DZMM