(UPDATED) MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) confirmed the arrest of one of the alleged masterminds in the killing of international race car driver Enzo Pastor.
NBI Director Virgilio Mendez announced Thursday night that they nabbed Domingo "Sandy" De Guzman in a hotel room in Barangay Bucal, Sampaloc II in Dasmariñas, Cavite using the arrest warrant issued by acting presiding judge Luisito Cortez of Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 85 last August 5.
The arrest lasted for 30 minutes.
The suspect was then brought to the office of the NBI-National Capital Region and booked.
According to authorities, De Guzman rented a room in the hotel on October 28 under the name Dennis Gregorio. When the contract expired, he renewed it under another name.
Authorities are mulling charges of harboring a criminal against the hotel.
Dahlia, Enzo's wife and alleged cohort in the slaying, is still at large.
The Filipino race car driver was shot dead in Quezon City last year by a gunman who confessed to killing Pastor for P100,000.
In February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) found probable cause to indict De Guzman and Dahlia Pastor for the killing of Pastor on June 12, 2014.
In a 13-page resolution, Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Villanueva found sufficient evidence to indict Dahlia for parricide, and De Guzman for murder.
Villanueva's findings were upheld by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon and Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.
"[I]t is respectfully recommended that the attached informations for violation of Article 246 (Parricide) and Article (248 (Murder) of the Revised Penal Code be filed against respondents Dahlia Guerrero Pastor and Domingo De Guzman III y Villaruel, respectively. The complaint for violation of Article 250 (Frustrated Murder) of the Revised Penal Code is hereby respectfully dismissed, without prejudice, for insufficiency of evidence," the resolution read.
In a separate resolution on the criminal complaint against alleged gunman Police Officer 2 Edgar Angel, the DOJ recommended his indictment for Pastor's killing, despite his recantation, but also dismissed the case against him, also for frustrated murder, for the injuries sustained by Pastor's assistant, Paolo Salazar, who was with Pastor at the time of the shooting in Quezon City.
De Guzman and Enzo's wife are believed to be the masterminds of the killing.
The criminal complaint alleged that De Guzman and his supposed lover, Dahlia, masterminded Enzo's killing after the latter found about their alleged affair.
In his extra-judicial confession, Angel claimed he was paid P100,000 to kill Enzo.
Dahlia was a no-show in the course of the DOJ's preliminary investigation. The Pastor camp said she has not surfaced ever since her name was dragged in the killing. -- with reports from Zhander Cayabyab and Fred Cipres, dzMM; Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News