Suspect in slay of BIR official arrested

Dominic Almelor, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 24 2016 02:49 PM

Law enforcers have arrested the primary suspect in the November 21 murder of Bureau of Internal Revenue Makati regional director Jonas Amora.

Allan Manalo, a 43-year-old CAFGU active auxiliary and resident of Batasan Hills in Quezon City, was reportedly apprehended by the Quezon City Police District for indiscriminate firing on Friday afternoon.

He was presented to the media on Saturday morning.

Operatives of the QCPD's Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit were conducting an anti-criminality patrol in Batasan Hills when a concerned citizen flagged them down and reported indiscriminate firing by a man who was wearing an army uniform.

Manalo, who was wearing a green army shirt and wielding a gun, failed to show documents proving his authority to possess and carry a firearm.

After further investigation, Manalo was identified by witnesses as the suspect in Amora's ambush. The suspect also resembles the facial composite sketch they had released earlier, authorities said.

Asked by ABS-CBN News about the allegations, Manalo denied any wrongdoing.

Amora's relatives, on the other hand, were grateful for the immediate action of QCPD in resolving the case.

Amora was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen last Nov. 21 along C-5 Kalayaan in Quezon City. Robbery was ruled out as a motive because more than P300,000 pesos was recovered in the crime scene.

Recovered from Manalo's possession were one .45 caliber colt pistol with defaced serial numbers and loaded with two bullets, one unknown make and type of hand grenade, one firearm holster and 50 .45 caliber live ammunitions.

Police also collected during an ocular inspection near the area three fired cartridge cases believed fired from the gun found in Manalo's possession.

Manalo is a tanod detailed to a Quezon City councilor and is allegedly a member of a gun-for-hire syndicate, according to the police's initial investigation.

He will be charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, police said. It is a non-bailable offense because a hand grenade was recovered from the suspect, they said.

He will also be charged with murder and frustrated murder in connection with Amora's death.