Lozanos want assets of Dominguez brothers frozen

February 6, 2011 11:24 am 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, Feb. 5 -– The family of slain car dealer Emerson Lozano is asking the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLAC) to freeze the assets of brothers Raymond and Roger Dominguez -– the alleged carjacking kingpins implicated in his murder — so they cannot use these resources to attempt evading justice.

”We don’t want these assets utilized for illicit reasons,” Emerson’s father, Atty. Oliver Lozano, said Saturday on the side of the Kapihan sa Sulo forum in Quezon City.

He raised urgency for freezing the assets, claiming there is a plot to kill witnesses Alfredo Mendiola and Ferdinand Parulan so both cannot testify on what they know about the crime.

”Part of justice is to pre-empt foul play and propaganda that’ll destroy my witnesses,” Lozano said.

Authorities earlier arrested Mendiola and Parulan in connection with the slaying of the young Lozano and his driver Ernani Sensil.

Their charred corpses were discovered separately in Pampanga and Tarlac provinces, less than a week after they went missing presumably while negotiating a car deal.

Lozano’s father reported filing before AMLAC on Feb. 4 a letter of petition to freeze the Dominguezes’ assets.

”We’re requesting an expanded inquiry covering even the brothers’ family members, relatives and friends because it’s normal to spread out your assets if you want to hide these,” he said.

He expects the petition to help raise banks’ awareness about possible dubious withdrawals by or on behalf of the Dominguezes.

”The immediate impact of our move is banks will be alarmed to withhold questionable releases,” he said.

Under existing regulations, he said banks can be held liable for making dubious releases.

Lozano believes AMLAC will grant the family’s petition, noting there is reasonable basis to do so.

The Dominguezes managed to amass assets worth millions of pesos while having no clear legal source of income, he noted.

”There’s big money in carnapping – it’s lucrative,” he said.

He expects AMLAC to rule on the petition next week.

”I believe AMLAC has the capability to get to the bottom of things,” he said.

This week, the Lozano family executed a complaint-affidavit charging the Dominguez brothers and several John Does of carnapping with murder.

Lozano called on the brothers to examine the charge and evidence against them.

”If they see strong evidence and can’t avoid conviction, it’s better to plead guilty,” he said.

He noted that doing so will be the brothers’ “entry point to reform and their fresh start in a Christian life.” (PNA)

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