Businessman Domingo “Sandy” De Guzman, one of the suspects in the killing of international car racing champion Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor, has asked a Quezon City court to reverse its ruling allowing the issuance of a hold departure order (HDO) against him.
In his motion, de Guzman, who was charged with murder, maintained that the court erred in issuing the HDO because there is no compelling reason to justify the curtailment of his “constitutional right to travel.”
On October 2, 2015, Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC-RTC) Branch 85 Judge Luisito Cortez ordered issued the order to prevent the businessman from fleeing.
Prosecutors had said De Guzman has the means to leave the country and maintain a comfortable lifestyle abroad.
Bu de Guzman’s counsel Dennis Manalo said there is no indication that his client attempted to flee. He noted that de Guzman had shown unwavering deference to the law and to the court by appearing at all scheduled hearings.
Pastor’s wife, Dalia Guerrero, was charged with parricide in connection with her husband’s killing on June 12, 2014.
De Guzman and Dalia were suspected of having an illicit affair and were accused of plotting the killing of Pastor.