By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has defended police investigators after an artist’s sketch of a masked gunman tagged in the killing of a businessman in Subic last week went viral for the wrong reasons in social media.
“We cannot invent a face, that’s really what he was wearing according to the description of the witnesses. That’s what was captured in the CCTV [closed-circuit television],” said Director General Oscar Albayalde, PNP chief.
On Wednesday (November 28), 51-year-old Dominic Sytin, chief executive officer (CEO) of United Auctioneers Inc., was gunned down by an unidentified suspect in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Two days later, the Central Luzon Police Regional Office (PRO-3) released an artist’s sketch of the gunman.
However, the sketch immediately went viral on social media after some said it offered little to no help since the subject was wearing a mask.
For his part, Albayalde said the sketch could still be treated as instrumental in the possible solving of the case as the gunman’s eyes were clearly shown there.
“We cannot imagine the face of a person wearing a mask. Ang importante doon ay nakuha ‘yung mata niya kasi most people nare-recognize tayo sa mga mata kahit half of our face is covered (We cannot imagine the face of a person wearing a mask. What’s important is we have [the descriptions of his eyes] because most people are recognized with it even if half of our face is covered),” he said.
Albayalde said ongoing investigation is still being conducted to identify the gunman for his possible arrest.
“Hinahanap natin. ‘Yun ang kita eh at ganun talaga suot niya (We’re looking for him. That’s what was visible [eyes] and that’s what he was really wearing),” he added.
Police said the suspect is around 40 years old, about 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, chubby, with fair complexion and black hair.
Earlier, the family of Sytin offered a P1-million reward for the arrest of the gunman.