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Published November 22, 2016 3:16pm 

By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News


 Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Tuesday demanded for a thorough probe on the recent killing of two senior government officials, as he raised the possibility that it was linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against corruption.


 In a statement, Pimentel said “there must be something very sinister involved” in the killing of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regional director Jonas Amora on Monday, which came a few days after Arturo "Art" Lachica, deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and head of the BOC's Internal Administration Group, was shot dead in Manila.




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“We should not discount the possibility that they were killed due to President Duterte's ongoing campaign against corruption,” Pimentel said.


 “If they were silenced by scalawags, we must redouble our efforts to catch the killers and redress the injustice against the families of the victims and against the Filipino people,” he added.




Pimentel, a close ally of President Duterte, said the government “must put the fear of the law back” to criminals through a thorough investigation.


 Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto, for his part, said Duterte should put to good use his confidential and intelligence funds to find the killers.



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Recto said these are the high-profile cases that may need direct presidential directive and resources to solve.


 For this year, the confidential and intelligence funds of the Office of the President (OP) amount to P500 million.


 It is expected to balloon to P2.5 billion in 2017. He said such funds should also be used for the arrest of Abu Sayyaf members who have gone on a recent kidnapping spree in areas around Sulu Sea.


 "If we are looking for the 'monetary big guns' to fight our enemies with, then that should be the intelligence fund of the highest office of the land," Recto said.



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