Slain Subic businessman's brother summoned to DOJ probe

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2019 12:48 PM

MANILA - State prosecutors have required businessman Dennis Sytin to attend the preliminary investigation into the killing of his older brother Dominic, where he has been tagged as the mastermind. 

Sytin was ordered to attend the Department of Justice's preliminary investigation on April 1 at 2 p.m., according to a 1-page subpoena issued by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera.

He was also directed to submit his counter-affidavit and affidavits of his witnesses and other supporting documents.

The older Sytin, founder and chief executive officer of United Auctioneers Inc. (UAI), was shot dead in front of Lighthouse Hotel at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone on Nov. 28, 2018.

His bodyguard, Efren Espartero, was also wounded in the attack.

Respondent Sytin is facing murder and frustrated murder complaints, along with self-confessed gunman Edgardo Luib, and a third person, Oliver Fuentes, alias Ryan Rementilla, who allegedly introduced Luib to the alleged mastermind.

Sytin has denied any involvement but police are looking into an alleged fight over control of shares of UAI, one of the country's biggest auction firms, prior to the killing.

Luib was arrested in Batangas last March 5 for a different murder case. He admitted to shooting Dominic Sytin and Espartero allegedly upon the order of the younger Sytin in exchange for money. 

Aside from Luib's extrajudicial confession, police also relied on CCTV footage showing the gunman arriving at the hotel more than 2 hours before the incident, shooting the victim, and fleeing on board a motorcycle.

Police said Luib's fingerprints matched those found on the motorcycle.

They said the gunman also left behind a black helmet and an empty stainless magazine for a .45 caliber pistol.