MANILA – Senator Sonny Angara announced on Wednesday that he is offering a PHP300,000 reward for anyone who can give information that could lead to the arrest of the individuals behind the murder of former Dipaculao Vice Mayor Narciso Amansec.
Amansec, who was also former Board Member of Aurora province, was ambushed by still unidentified gunmen on Monday afternoon, along with his wife and driver, at Purok 1, Barangay Dibutunan while on board an SUV.
Angara, who hails from Aurora province, condemned the incident and sent his condolences to the victims' families.
"I am shocked and heartbroken that such a violent act was committed in my peace-loving home province," the lawmaker said in a statement.
Angara said the Aurora province lost a strong anti-corruption advocate in Amansec's death and made sure that justice would be served.
"Inaasahan natin na iimbestigahan ng maigi ng kapulisan ang insidenteng ito at maihaharap sa hustisya ang mga salarin sa maagang panahon (We expect that the police will investigate this incident thoroughly and let the culprits face justice as soon as possible)," he added.
Before the incident, Amansec exposed the alleged illegal campaign activities of then Aurora Governor and current Vice Governor Jerry Noveras.
The case is still pending at the provincial prosecutor's office of Aurora and the Commission on Elections.
Meanwhile, the chief of the Police Regional Office in Central Luzon (PRO-3) on Wednesday ordered an in-depth investigation into the killing of Amansec.
“I have ordered an in-depth probe on this incident and we are looking into all angles to establish possible motives. We are now in the process of gathering evidence that will lead us to the identification of the culprit,” PRO-3 chief, Brig. General Cesar R. Pasiwen said in a statement.
“I have already ordered for the creation of the special investigation task group to assure the public, as well as the victims’ families, of our total commitment to ensure immediate resolution of the case through proper and scrupulous investigation,” Pasiwen said.
He added that while they give importance to all cases (but) this particular incident would be treated as a top priority since a former local chief executive is involved.
Pasiwen asked for the public's support for its immediate resolution.
“If you have any information that will lead to the quick resolution of this case, do not hesitate to come forward and please report to the nearest station or through PNP hotline 09985985330/09176235700,” he added. (with reports from Zorayda Tecson/PNA)