Genelyn: We didn't release Ramgen-Janelle sex video

Posted at 01/03/12 12:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Genelyn Magsaysay, the mother of murdered actor Ramgen Revilla, vehemently denied that she or any of Ramgen's siblings uploaded his sex video in social networking sites after Christmas.

Magsaysay said her family no longer has access to any of Ramgen's personal gadgets and belongings after his murder last October 28.

"Kung makita man namin iyon, mas lalo naming itatabi. Di namin ilalabas iyon dahil kawawa naman ang anak ko. Patay na ang anak ko nasisira pa," she said.

"Ganon kasakit ang ginagawa niyo. Kung sino man ang may pasimuno nito mananagot kayo sa Panginoon," she added.

Atty. Jose Caringal, the Magsaysay family's lawyer, said the police already have Ramgen's laptop and other gadgets. "Walang gadget na naiwan si Ramgen,.Kinuha na lahat ng pulis. Itanong nyo sa mga pulis," he said.

The sex video, which spread via Facebook and Twitter, showed Ramgen having intercourse with his girlfriend, Janelle Manahan, in a restroom.

Sex video leak meant to hurt Janelle

Manahan's lawyer, Argee Guevarra, said his client knew about the video before it was leaked online.

He said that after the murder, Ramgen's siblings were able to get hold of the actor's belongings, including a PC and laptop that contained the videos. He noted that Ramgen's siblings even wore some of the slain actor's clothes during the hearings.

In an interview, Guevarra said Manahan was being blackmailed via Facebook two weeks before the video came out that the "people will know the truth about her."

He said the threats came from Ramgen's siblings.

"They were saying, 'You are not clean, Ate. If people knew who you really are...'" he told abs-cbnNEWS.com.

"We already knew that there are videos of her and we expected this," he added.

The lawyer said the release of the sex video was meant to malign Manahan after she testified that Ramgen's mother had mental problems.

"It was just to get even with Janelle because the Bautista family was deeply hurt when the mother was depicted as schizophrenic," he said.

He said that after the sex video came out, the Facebook messages to Janelle changed from "threatening" to "conciliatory."

Anti-Voyeurism Act

Guevarra's partner, Atty. Luke Espiritu, said it is not true that the police have all of Ramgen's personal belongings.
He said to their knowledge, the Bautista family still has the murdered actor's laptop. "That is absurd. Why will the police spread the sex video? What's their interest? Why would they sabotage their own case?" he asked.

"They (Ramgen's siblings) have opportunity because they still have access to the laptop of Ramgen. They have motive because they want to harass Janelle, put mental stress para hindi na tumestigo."

Espiritu said they are planning to file a case of violation of the Anti-Voyeurism Act of 2009 against Ramgen's siblings.

The Anti-Voyeurism Act, which was co-authored by Ramgen's half-brother Sen. Bong Revilla, prohibits anyone from creating, distributing and airing sex videos without the consent of those involved and with expectations of privacy.

"We are exploring it against the brothers and sisters of Ramgen. They both have the opportunity and the motive," Espiritu said.

The lawyer said Ramgen's Facebook account can no longer be accessed.

He said they will ask the court to subpoena pertinent records relating to telecom and internet networks to determine the source of the sex video.  With a report from David Dizon, abs-cbnNEWS.com