MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation has subpoenaed five people accused of manhandling former decathlete David Bunevacz last November.
Summoned to appear before the NBI on Monday were Tyrone Ong, Cedric Lee, Louie Kau, Chito Ho, and Dominique Sytini, all of West Greenhills, San Juan, and reportedly business partners of Bunevacz.
Lawyer Sixto Burgos Jr., chief of the NBI Anti-Kidnapping, Hijacking and Armed Robbery Division, said they issued last Tuesday subpoenas to the five accused.
"We're inviting them to shed light on the matter. We've already heard David's side, we have to hear the other side of the story as well," Burgos said.
Bunevacz, former president of Beverly Hills 6750 Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Institute, a high-end beauty clinic on Ayala Avenue, Makati City, filed with the NBI last month a complaint of physical injuries against his business associates whom he accused of manhandling him.
Bunevacz alleged that his partners also forcibly took his Porsche, an expensive watch, and his cell phone.
The alleged manhandling happened sometime in November when Bunevacz was asked by some of his business associates to meet with them in the Greenhills area, the NBI said.
"He (Bunevacz) claimed that he was manhandled, they boxed his ears," Sixto said, adding that the former athlete likewise requested the NBI to provide him with security.
The management of the aesthetic clinic has accused Bunevacz of misusing the firm's funds amounting to millions of pesos.
According to Dr. Eduardo Santos, president of the beauty clinic, their lawyers have already sent a letter demanding Bunevacz to explain the alleged questionable transactions during his term as president.
These transactions allegedly include the downpayment for a BMW X-5, a vehicle not listed as a company asset; two checks payable to cash charged against legal expenses which were never received by the payee law firm; multiple travel expenses not related to Beverly Hills 6750 business; and payments to a Montessori school and a junior baseball organization that were never recorded in company books.