DOJ summons suspects for preliminary probe of Sytin slay

Published March 19, 2019, 2:22 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog 

The younger brother of Dominic Sytin has been summoned by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to answer a murder charge in connection with his killing in Olongapo City last November.

Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera has subpoenaed Dennis Sytin and his co-respondents to appear before DOJ on April 1.

The subpoena, dated March 18, ordered the respondents to submit a counter-affidavit and other supporting documents.

Navera scheduled the preliminary investigation after Dominic’s wife, Anna Marietta, and the Olongapo City Police Station filed the complaint Friday before the DOJ in Manila.

Dennis is accused of murder and frustrated murder in connection with the shooting incident on Nov. 28in front of the Light House Hotel inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The shooting resulted in the death of Dominic and the wounding of his bodyguard Efren Espartero Jr.

Also named as respondents is the suspected gunman Edgardo Luib and Oliver Fuentes, a former employee of the Dominic at the United Auctioneers Inc. (UAI).

The complaint was filed following the arrest of Luib in Batangas last March 5.

Luib has standing arrest warrants in murder cases including the killing of journalist Mae Magsino and Municipal Councilor Michael Caringal of Bauan, Batangas.

In the referral letter to the DOJ, Olongapo police station officer-in-charge Sr. Insp. Ailyn Rosario said Luib issued an extra-judicial confession in which he admitted shooting Sytin and Espartero.

Luib also pointed to Dennis Sytin as the one who induced him to kill Dominic Sytin “in exchange for reward money thru contact person Oliver Fuentes a.k.a Ryan Rementilla who was said to be his childhood friend,” Rosario said.

Rosario said investigators found that Fuentes was fired in August last year by Dominic over allegations of padding job orders and the involvement in illegal drugs.
The following October Fuentes was charged before the Bataan Provincial Office with qualified theft.

Police had earlier revealed there was a dispute between the Sytin brothers over shares and control of UIA.

UIA, which is engaged in the importation of secondhand vehicles, has only five shareholders, including the siblings, with 20 percent each.