Inhibition of prosecutors handling Sytin slay case opposed

Published June 29, 2019, 11:22 AM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog

The wife of slain businessman Dominic Sytin has opposed the inhibition sought against state prosecutors handling the criminal complaints she filed against those behind her husband’s death.

The diagram of the Dominic Sytin murder case (AARON RECUENCO / MANILA BULLETIN)
The diagram of the Dominic Sytin murder case (AARON RECUENCO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Dennis Sytin, Dominic’s younger brother and one of the suspected masterminds in the murder, sought the inhibition of the panel of prosecutors, chaired by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, for showing bias and hostility.

“While Dennis believes that SASP Navera and the Panel have acted adversely to his interest and rights in this case, his speculation is insufficient to support his claim that there purportedly exists ‘bias and hostility’ against him,” read the opposition filed by Dominic’s wife, Ann Marieta Sytin.

After conducting a preliminary investigation, the panel has submitted for resolution the complaints filed by Ann who accused Dennis, Oliver Fuentes, and arrested self-confessed gunman Edgardo Luib of murder and frustrated murder.

The case concerns the Nov. 28, 2018 shooting incident in front of the Light House Hotel inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone which resulted in the killing of Dominic and the wounding of his bodyguard Efren Espartero Jr.

In his motion to inhibit, Dennis pointed out his right to travel was prevented by the panel which secured from the Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) a Precautionary Hold Departure Order (PHDO) against him.

Pointing out that this was a power the Department of Justice (DOJ) did not have, Dennis insisted he was not a flight risk and even voluntarily cooperated in proceedings conducted by authorities.

However, Ann cited that the PHDO sought by the panel was in accordance with the rules issued by the Supreme Court (SC).

Dennis also questioned why the panel allowed Luib to file a counter-affidavit much later during the conduct of the preliminary investigation.

To this, Ann reminded Dennis that the panel has been lenient to him by allowing him to submit a rejoinder-affidavit and memorandum apart from a counter-affidavit.