Rochelle Barrameda hopeful after arrest of suspect in sis' murder

Posted at 06/22/11 5:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Rochelle Barrameda is hopeful that the trial of the murder of her sister will now proceed with the recent arrest of one of the suspects in the case.

“I’m still praying… Kahit paisa-isa, at least doon ko napatunayan na hindi kami pinapabayaan ng Diyos. May mga tao pa din na talagang ginagawa ang trabaho nila,” Barrameda told “Showbiz News Ngayon.”

Police arrested former Police Officer Lennard Descalzo, alias Spyke, one of the suspects in the Ruby Rose Barrameda murder case, in Mariveles, Bataan last week. He is now detained at the Malabon City Jail.

According to Barrameda, she and her family wanted to go to Malabon City to see the suspect but they were advised against doing so due to security reasons.

“Actually gusto kong pumunta ng Malabon. May tumatawag sa aking taga-media kung darating ako but for security reasons ayaw nga nilang pumunta kami ng Malabon. Lalo na ngayon na si Spyke nahuli siya, it’s very risky for me.

“When I talked to our state witness, sinabi niya sa akin na lalo akong mag-ingat, kami ng pamilya ko. Hindi mo na alam kung anong mangyayari sa susunod,” she said.

When asked to give a message to Spyke and other suspects who remain at large, she said: “Patunayan nila sa korte na wala silang kinalaman… Like si Spyke, sinasabi niya na wala siyang alam… patunayan niya sa korte.”

She added: “Ako, sa nangyayari ngayon, sa tingin ko talagang ang kasamaan hindi talaga nagtatagal. Kabutihan pa din. Sana mangyari na ma-arraign na siya as soon as possible, magkaroon na kami ng hearing schedules, ‘yong umusad na ang kaso kasi I think my sister deserves justice.”

Ruby Rose went missing in 2007 while reportedly in dispute with her estranged husband, Manuel Jimenez III, over the custody of their two children.

In 2009, her body was discovered stuffed inside a rectangular steel case dumped in the waters off Navotas. Initial autopsy results revealed Ruby Rose could have died of suffocation, possibly as a result of being strangled.

Suspect-turned-state witness Manuel Montero helped authorities locate Ruby Rose's body.

Montero has accused Lope Jimenez, owner of the Buena Suerte Jimenez Fishing Company in Malabon and uncle of Ruby Rose's husband, as the mastermind behind the killing.

The witness is a former employee of the Jimenez family.

Aside from Descalzo and Lope, murder charges have also been filed against lawyer Manuel Jimenez Jr., the father-in-law of Ruby Rose, Eric Fernandez, and Robert Ponce. – With reports from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News, and ANC