Alleged mastermind in Pastor slay case still in PH: lawyer

By Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 04 2014 11:00 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2014 07:00 AM

MANILA -- The alleged mastermind in the Enzo Pastor slay case, Domingo "Sandy" de Guzman, is still in the country, said his lawyer Atty. Dennis Manalo.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Manalo said it is highly unlikely that De Guzman will leave the country, contrary to speculations that he and his alleged lover, Daliah Guerrero-Pastor, has already left.

"Hindi po likely na mangyari 'yan kasi sa pagkakaintindi ko po, naglabas na rin ng order ang Department of Justice para po i-monitor and movements po ni Mr. De Guzman. So kung magkakaroon man ng kahit anong tangkang pag-alis, definitely ito po ay ititimbre ng Bureau of Immigration. So kung wala naman pong verification or confirmation from the Bureau of Immigration na po ay umalis, sa tingin ko po ay hindi po dapat paniwalaan ang ganung klaseng report," Manalo added.

Asked whether De Guzman is ready to face charges filed against him, Manalo said his client is ready.

"Opo. Nung kami po ay huling nag usap, pinag-usapan po namin ang aming preparation para sa mga kasong haharapin nya, particularly yung murder, frustrated murder, at illegal possession of firearms na sinampa sa kanya ng Regional Trial Court of Muntinlupa".

Manalo also said, De Guzman was stressed when he was released on bail.

"He was in a very stressful condition. Nai-kwento po nya sa akin yung mga naransanan nya nung sya ay dinampot ng pulisya hanggang sa siya at i-detain. Ikinuwento nya sa akin kung gaano kahirap ang kalagayan nya nung mga panahon na iyon. Kung kaya siya ay gagawa ng kaukulang hakbang para po maharap niya ang kaso at mapatunayan po niya na siya ay inosente sa mga paratang sa kanya."

After posting P80,000 bail, De Guzman first went to his family.

"Nakipag-usap po siya sa kanyang mga magulang, sa kanyang mga anak. Siya po ay very emotional po, somehow ng aano siya ng kanyang nararamdaman na gusto niyang makapiling ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay," Manalo said.

De Guzman has resumed his normal life, he added.

"Di naman po sya isang marangyang tao. He just lives a life na parehas lang rin nating iba. Ang hanapbuhay nya: meron syang talyer na pinatatakbo, at wala naman po syang pinagkaiba sa mga gaya nating mga naghahanapbuhay para sa ating pamilya," Manalo said.

De Guzman's lawyer also stressed that his arrest was illegal.

"We questioned the validity of the inquest proceedings where we were partially sustained in as far as the murder and frustrated murder charges are concerned because those cases were referred for further investigation. Meaning, magkakaroon po ng regular preliminary investigation. But for the illegal possession of firearms, and naging posisyon naman po ng DOJ, they filed the information with the Regional Trial Court of Muntinlupa. We have recently filed the appropriate pleadings sa trial court po na iyon, asking the court, direct the case to be reverted back to reinvestigation because our client was not afforded a full opportunity for a preliminary investigation."

Manalo said De Guzman is ready to prove he is innocent.

"Ayaw po nya na makita po ng kanyang anak o ng kanyang mga magulang na siya po ay gumawa ng karumal-dumal na krimen, na pinaparatang sa kanya. Kaya for that alone ay siya po ay handa na to take all necessary steps para mapatunayan na eto pong sinasabi na ito ay wala pong katotohanan".

De Guzman is expected to appear before the DOJ during the preliminary investigation on September 9.

"Doon po natin makikita kung gaano ka-seryoso po yung determination ni Mr. de Guzman na depensahan ang kanyang sarili, at doon din po natin makikita yung determinasyon ng ebidensya laban sa kanya: kung talaga bang ito ay may saysay o gawa-gawa lamang," Manalo said.

ABS-CBN News also went to De Guzman's residence and attempted to talk to him or to his family members. However, no one faced the news team.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI), through a text message, confirmed that Pastor's widow, Daliah, is still in the country.

"We're still verifying records of all ports of entry. As of yesterday (sept3), BI travel records show that Ms. Daliah Guerrero Pastor is still in the country," BI spokeswoman Atty. Elaine Tan said.