By Mario Casayuran
Senator Richard J. Gordon welcomed on Tuesday the solution to the murder of Subic businessman Dominic Lim Sytin following the arrest last week of the suspected gunman in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
“This shows that the police are doing their job. It is a good break in the case,” he said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced last Monday in a press conference the arrest last week of Edgardo Luib, the suspected gunman in the killing of Sytin outside the Lighthouse Hotel in Subic in November last year. Sytin’s bodyguard, Efren Espartero, was also wounded.
Luib tagged Sytin’s younger brother Dennis as the alleged mastermind of the killing. Police said that based on Luib’s extrajudicial confession, the murder was motivated by the rivalry between corporate siblings.
“But the police should study all angles and determine the real motive behind the killing. What motivated the killer? It was an extra-judicial confession. To be admissible, it must be voluntary; made with the assistance of a competent and independent counsel; express; and in writing,” Gordon, a former Olongapo city mayor, said.
The police said two .45 bullets and nine cartridges recovered from the crime scene matched with Sytin’s .45 Norinco pistol that was confiscated from the suspect. Also confiscated from Luib were a .30 carbine, .40 pistol and a “large sachet” of marijuana.
Luib’s fingerprints also matched with the latent prints lifted from side mirror from Yamaha Mio motorcycle used in the shooting.
Sytin was the founder and chief executive officer of United Auctioneers Inc., an auctioneer of used trucks and heavy equipment in Subic.
He also owned ACEA Subic Bay Resort.