MANILA The gunman in the killing of businessman Dominic Sytin pleaded guilty on charges of murder and frustrated murder before an Olongapo court on Wednesday,
As a result, Senior State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera said Edgardo Luib can no longer be admitted as a state witness in the case although his testimony against other suspects allegedly involved in the crime may still be tapped by government lawyers.
Also linked to the murder are the victim's younger brother Dennis and a disgruntled employee, Ryan D. Rementilla who also goes by the name Oliver Fuentes.
"(Since) he has already been arraigned, he (Luib) can no longer be discharged (as a state witness)," Navera said.
Another hearing was scheduled by the court for Luib to prove the voluntariness of his plea in the murder of Dominic and for the injuries sustained by the victim's aide, Efren Espartero.
The location of the other accused remains unknown.
State lawyers see family business dispute as the motive of the crime.
The family owns United Auctioneers Inc., a local importer of heavy equipment and likewise runs the local franchise of an international truck manufacturer.
Luib, Dennis, and Rementilla are facing charges over the shooting incident in front of the Light House Hotel inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone resulting in the killing of Dominic and the wounding of his bodyguard, Efren Espartero Jr. in November 2018. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency