Suspects in Subic trader’s slay barred from leaving Philippines
Edu Punay, Ding Cervantes (The Philippine Star) - May 24, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — A court in Pampanga has issued a hold departure order against the suspects in the killing of businessman Dominic Sytin at the Subic freeport last November.

This developed as the Department of Justice concluded its preliminary investigation into the incident.

Sytin’s brother Dennis; the alleged gunman, Edgardo Luib, and Oliver Fuentes, Sytin’s former employee, were directed by a panel of prosecutors led by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera to submit their memorandum before the case would be submitted for resolution.

The suspects are facing murder and frustrated murder charges.

“There is probable cause... that... Dennis Sytin, Oliver Fuentes and Edgardo Luib will depart from the Philippines to evade arrest and prosecution,” the order signed by Executive Judge Omar Viola and issued on Monday read.

Dennis had earlier denied the charges, saying there was no clear evidence to support allegations of his involvement in the murder of his brother.

Luib, who was arrested in Batangas, on March 5, executed an extrajudicial confession that identified Dennis as the mastermind in the killing.

Dennis said he never met Luib, saying evidence pointed to Fuentes, alias Ryan Rementilla, as brains in the murder.

Dominic, founder and chief executive officer of United Auctioneers Inc. (UAI), was gunned down in front of the Lighthouse Hotel. His driver Efren Espartero was wounded when he tried to fight back.   

Probers are eyeing a dispute over the control of shares of UAI, one of the country’s biggest auction firms, as the motive for the killing.


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