Handcuffed brother visits Ramgen's grave
MANILA -- Ramon Joseph "RJ" Bautista, the suspect in the murder of his brother, Ramgen, visited the late actor's grave to commemorate his second death anniversary -- a move criticized by Janelle Manahan, who survived the same slay attempt in 2011.
Family and relatives of Ramgen gathered at Angelus Eternal Garden in Toclong, Imus on Monday, exactly two years since he was shot and stabbed dead by a masked attacker inside his house in BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Ramgen's girlfriend, Janelle Manahan, who survived being shot in the face in the same incident, accused his siblings, Ramon Joseph and Ramona, of being behind the murder.
Ramon Joseph is now behind bars, with his camp filing several petitions for bail. Ramona's whereabouts, meanwhile, have yet to be identified.
"Itong araw na 'to, naging masaya kami dahil nagkasama-sama kaming magpapamilya," Ramgen's mother, Genelyn Magsaysay, told ABS-CBN News on Monday, referring to Ramon Joseph's presence at the gathering.
"Unang-una naman naming ginawa ay alalahanin ang magagandang bagay ni Ramgen, and at the same time ngayon, natutuwa kami dahil nakasama namin si Ramon Joseph nang wala siya sa kulungan," she said.
Ramon Joseph, who was in handcuffs, was seen interacting with his other siblings as well as other relatives. He also ate his meal while wearing handcuffs.
"Masayang-masaya po kami ngayon, kasi kahit paano, nakasama naman si Ramon Joseph, at nandito lahat -- mommy ko, mga pinsan ko, mga tita ko, nandito po kaming lahat," Magsaysay added.
The family patriarch, actor-politican Ramon Revilla, Sr., arrived at the cemetery in a wheel chair Monday afternoon. Upon being greeted by Ramon Joseph, the older Revilla was heard saying, as he pointed to the handcuffs, "Bakit may ganito?"
While Magsaysay shared fond memories of Ramgen, she emphasized the supposed injustice in implicating her two other children in the murder.
"Actually hindi pa ako makaka-move on kasi syempre hindi pa natin tiyak ho, ano, kung ano ang nangyari sa kaso ni Ramgen, gawa ng hindi nga natin alam 'yung mastermind at 'yung totoong murderer.
"Pero habang may buhay, kailangan harapin ang buhay. And at the same time, pati kay Ramona at kay Ramon Joseph, kailangan din namin makuha ang hustisya para sa aming pamilya," she said.
Janelle questions 'special treatment'
In a separate interview with ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano, Manahan brought up the supposed "special treatment" for Ramon Joseph for being allowed out of jail allegedly at his family's request.
"He's always allowed to visit naman eh," she said.
"I think it's a good thing, but I don't know if it's right because he's supposed to be in jail. So for him to be always going there, I think it's some kind of special treatment, I would say," Manahan said.
Manahan also laughed off the Revillas' supposed move to once again petition for Ramon Joseph's bail. "Another one? (Laughs) Oki dokie," she said.
"Well, it's okay. Dahil ako naman, I'm very confident doon sa statement na sinabi ko before, and nag-petition na sila for bail and it wasn't granted. So again, if they're going to... Okay, go ahead lang. But then ako, what I said before, lahat 'yon totoo," she said.
While the former "Star Circle Quest" finalist expressed confidence that the petition will not be granted, she admitted she would fear for her safety should Ramon Joseph be released from jail.
"If he will be granted bail, I will not feel safe. Kasi for sure, pag nakalabas sila doon, they would go after me. I don't want to use the word 'ganti,' but most probably gano'n.
"Hindi ako magiging safe, so I don't think I would be able to go out on my own, like what I'm doing right now because I know they're still in jail. So I don't know if I can go out like I can if the bail is granted," she said.