By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Police have formed a special task group to investigate the killing of Bureau of Internal Revenue-Novaliches tax assessment chief Alberto Enriquez Jr. on Wednesday morning.
Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, said the “Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Enriquez” will look into the possible motives behind the 49-year-old tax officer’s death, be it work-related, family- or personal-.
Enriquez was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding hit men — one of them without a helmet — in a parking area near his office on West Avenue, Barangay Philam around 7:29 a.m..
A bullet of a 9mm-gun pierced his head and killed him on the spot. The suspects immediately fled and escaped.
Eleazar said he had talked to BIR-Novaliches director Leonora Ruizol who said she had just assumed her post in February this year. Eleazar quoted Ruizol as not knowing the victim personally, although she did not mention any problem with Enriquez’ performance in her first three months in office.
BIR-Region 7 (Quezon City) Investigation District (RID) chief Dennis Floreza, meanwhile, said Enriquez had a good track record in his 28-year service with the BIR.
“To my personal knowledge, he had no record of involvement in anomalies in the agency,” he said in an interview.
RID is the unit in BIR which receives complaints from taxpayers. It also investigates tax officers over allegations of corruption in their districts.
Floreza said that the relation of Enriquez’ murder to his job was not impossible, given the nature of his duties in the BIR. He said Enriquez, as the tax assessment chief, reviews the performance and assessment of all revenue officers in the Novaliches area.
But Enriquez seldom faced taxpayers, unless they contested the assessment of revenue officers, said Floreza.
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