MANILA, Philippines – Ryan Dominguez, a younger brother of suspected carjack ring leaders Raymond and Roger Dominguez, attempted to bribe police after his arrest in Bulacan Tuesday.
Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Mendez, Bulacan police provincial director, said Dominguez and his group offered P3 million to members of the Bulacan police supposedly to help them clear their names.
Mendez said the policemen declined the offer.
Authorities are set to file charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition; and illegal possession of drugs against Dominguez and three others, identified as Mark Mario Lacambacal, James Jimenez and Roy Blanco.
Dominguez’s camp denied the bribery allegation and claimed the pieces of evidence against them were planted.
Police arrested Dominguez and his cohorts in an anti-illegal drug operation in Barangay San Agustin, Malolos town.
Two sachets of shabu; two M16 rifles; two .45-caliber pistols; and two hand grenades were discovered from the suspects.
Police also seized a Toyota Innova, a Nissan Navara, and a Subaru Impreza from the suspects.
They said the Innova used a different car's plate, while the Impreza had fake documents.
Interior and Local Secretary Jesse Robredo said Dominguez and his cohorts were arrested solely for illegal possession of firearms and drug charges.
Robredo said the arrest had nothing to do with the killing of Alfred Mendiola, star witness in the Venson Evangelista carjack-slay case who tagged Raymond and Roger of masterminding the crime.
Nevertheless, he said investigators will conduct a ballistics test to the seized firearms to determine if they were used in killing Mendiola and two others.
Meanwhile, a complainant also arrived at Camp Alejo Santos in Malolos and positively identified Lacambacal as the man who seized his vehicle in Caloocan City on April 12. – reports from Dennis Datu, dzMM; and Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News