MANILA (UPDATE) - State prosecutors have filed murder and frustrated murder charges against Alan Dennis Sytin and two others for the 2018 slay of his elder brother, businessman Dominic Sytin.
Indicted at the Olongapo Regional Trial Court were the younger Sytin, confessed gunman Edgardo Luib, and one Oliver Fuentes, alias Ryan Rementilla.
The case went to Olongapo court Judge Richard Paradeza.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he has requested the Supreme Court to move hearings of the case to Metro Manila.
He said he made the request "for the safety and security of the witnesses principally, and to avoid any pressure upon the court and the prosecution, given the sphere of influence of the contending parties and the intense public interest generated by this sensational case."
Dominic Sytin, founder and chief executive officer of United Auctioneers Inc. (UAI), was shot and killed in front of Lighthouse Hotel at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone on Nov. 28, 2018.
His bodyguard Efren Espartero was, meanwhile, wounded on his right arm and the right part of his torso.
Luib, who was arrested in Batangas in March for a different murder case, had admitted to shooting Dominic Sytin and Espartero, allegedly on the younger Sytin's orders in exchange for money.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) filed filed criminal charges against Alan Dennis Sytin in March 2019.
He denied involvement saying he was "not capable of murder" but police were looking at an alleged fight over control of shares in UAI, one of the country's biggest auction firms, prior to the killing.
- with reports from Johnson Manabat and Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News