Younger Dominguez now a suspect in Mendiola slay

By Dharel Placido,

Posted at May 10 2012 01:29 PM | Updated as of May 11 2012 12:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Ryan Dominguez is now considered a suspect in the murder of Alfred Mendiola, a key witness who tagged brothers Roger and Raymond Dominguez in the killing of Venson Evangelista last year.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said a ballistics examination revealed that the bullet in the .45-caliber pistol retrieved from Ryan matched with the ones found beside the bodies of Mendiola and two others in Dasmariñas, Cavite last Sunday.

Ryan, 20,  was arrested with 2 other suspects on May 8 for holding a pot session in Barangay San Agustin, Malolos, Bulacan.

Robredo earlier said Ryan was arrested solely for illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs charges, and not for Mendiola's murder.

Police also noted they did not even know a younger brother of Roger and Raymond was among those having the pot session.

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.

Ryan and his three suspected cohorts also tested positive for methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu).

Bribery, planted evidence

The camp of the Dominguez brothers said police planted the evidence retrieved from the suspects and in one of the vehicles.

Betty Dominguez, mother of the Dominguez brothers, said Ryan had never used any illegal drug.

“Sa totoo lang po wala akong masabi dahil kilala ko ang anak ko. Lagi lang pong nandito sa bahay at di gumagamit ng mga iligal na drugs saka di siya umaano sa baril,” Betty told dzMM’s Kabayan.

She also belied the police’s claim that his son tried to offer P3 million in bribes just to help him and his cohorts clear their names.

“Ako lang ang naghahanap buhay sa pamilya namin. Saan kami kukuha ng ganoon kalaking pera? Hindi na ako maghahanap buhay kung kami’y may ganoong pera,” she said.

Betty said Lacambacal is her nephew, but denied having any links with Jimenez and Blanco.

She was also wondering why Roger and Raymond were still being linked to Mendiola's murder despite being already jailed.

A Bulacan court recently sentenced Raymond to 17 years to 30 years in prison for stealing of a black Toyota Fortuner worth P1.065 million from Dante Escoto.

Raymond and Roger are facing a separate case in connection with the killing of Evangelista.

In a press conference in Camp Alejo Santos on Wednesday regarding the case, a complainant arrived and positively identified Lacambacal as the man who seized his vehicle in Caloocan City on April 12. – with a report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM