By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has welcomed the decision of the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to issue a hold departure order (HDO) against businessman Alan Dennis Sytin and his co-accused who are facing charges in connection with the killing of his older brother Dominic.
“We welcome this development,” said Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera to reporters Wednesday.
Recently, Presiding Judge Richard Paradeza of Olongapo City RTC Branch 72 granted the motion of Navera to issue HDOs against Dennis and his co-accused Ryan Rementilla following the release of arrest warrants against the two accused.
“The issuance of the warrant and the HDO ensures that all the accused remain within Philippine jurisdiction and once they are in custody, that trial proceed with dispatch,” explained Navera.
Last July, Navera and fellow prosecutors filed before RTC murder and frustrated murder charges against Dennis, Rementilla, and arrested self-confessed gunman Edgardo Luib after having found probable cause to indict them.
The case concerns the shooting incident which took place on Nov. 28, 2018 in front of the Light House Hotel inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and resulted in the killing of Dominic and the wounding of his bodyguard Efren Espartero Jr.
“Based on the statements made by respondent Luib, we have no recourse but to find probable cause that respondents Alan Dennis L. Sytin and Ryan Rementilla a.k.a. Oliver Fuentes conspired with each other and carried out their plan to kill victim Sytin and hired respondent Luib to execute the plan,” read the resolution of state prosecutors.
“Respondent Sytin and Rementilla had all the ill-motives to perpetrate the murder as they were both disgruntled and angry at Dominic for terminating them from UAI (United Auctioneers Inc.) and as regards respondent Sytin, for not giving him his shares in the company profits and excluding him from their business,” they pointed out.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Supreme Court (SC) that the case be transferred from Olongapo City to Metro Manila.
Guevarra earlier explained he made the move “for the safety and security of the witnesses principally, and to avoid any pressure upon the court and the prosecution, given the sphere of influence of the contending parties and the intense public interest generated by this sensational case.”