Suspect in businessman Sytin slay arrested

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The suspected gunman in the killing of prominent businessman Dominic Sytin has been arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP), top cop Director General Oscar Albayalde announced on Monday, March 11.

"I am pleased to announce the solution of the high-profile murder of Mr Dominic Sytin," Albayalde said in a briefing in Camp Crame.

The PNP caught alleged gunman Edgardo Luib on Tuesday, March 5, after tracking him in a house where he stayed with his live-in partner in Santo Tomas, Batangas.

Albayalde said cops were able to identify him, thanks to a witness who came forward on February 4 and gave them a tip. Details of this tip have yet to be disclosed, but Albayalde said a .45-caliber pistol recovered from Luib matched bullet shells recovered from the scene of Sytin's murder.

Sytin was shot in the evening in Subic, Zambales right outside the Lighthouse Resort and Hotel on November 28. He was declared dead on the spot. 

Sytin was the president and founder of United Auctioneers, a company engaged in the importation of secondhand vehicles.

According to Albayalde, Luib was hired by Dominic Sytin's brother Dennis through a "middleman" identified as Ryan Remintilla. Dennis Sytin allegedly promised P1 million to Luib, but supposedly only paid P50,000.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Director Amador Corpus said they are also looking for another unidentified suspect (currently labeled as "John Doe"), as they believe there was a person, possibly a colleague, who kept an eye on Dominic Sytin in the lead-up to his assassination.

With what was described as a "smoking gun evidence" for an "airtight case", the CIDG is set to file formal complaints before the Department of Justice on Monday, to accuse murder and frustrated murder against Dennis Sytin, Luib, Remintilla, and the John Doe. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.