Mass held for Ramgen Revilla

Posted at 11/02/11 12:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A mass was held Tuesday in the last night of Ramgen Revilla’s wake at the Revilla Mausoleum in Imus, Cavite.

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla led the solemn event.

It was attended by their close friends and family members who wanted to pay their respects to the slain 23-year-old lad.

Ramgen's remains will be buried 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, at the Revilla Mausoleum.

Ramgen’s death

Aspiring actor-politician Ramgen was shot and stabbed dead in his house in Phase 6, BF Homes in Parañaque City before midnight on Friday.

Police identified the suspects as Ramon Joseph Bautista and Ramona Bautista, both siblings of the victim; Michael Cruz Altia, and Roy Francis Tolisora, and a certain Glaiza, Bryan and Noreen Dela Cruz.

Joseph is accused of hiring the killers for P200,000.

He was arrested at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Bacoor, Cavite.

Ramona, Glaiza, Bryan and Dela Cruz remain at large, police said.

Joseph and Ramona to file charges

Joseph and Ramona’s camp, on the other hand, expressed dismay on the ongoing investigation regarding Ramgen’s murder case.

Their lawyer, Atty. Dennis Mansanal, said they are planning to file a case against the police because of arbitrary detention.

“Ang problema dito, inimbitahan nila, sumama ‘yung bata voluntarily tapos ginawa nila inaresto nila bigla. Mali ‘yon,” Mansanal said.

The lawyer also said Ramona is not currently in hiding.

“Si Ramona, hindi nagtatago. ‘Yon nga ang problema eh. Walang warrant of arrest. Hindi nila puwedeng arestuhin.”

Revilla clan shocked

Sen. Bong Revilla said on Tuesday that the entire family is shocked that a sibling was implicated in the murder of his half-brother.

The senator said the family cannot believe that Joseph would have a hand in Ramgen's murder.

"Hindi kami makapaniwala na may kinalaman nga siya, hangga’t hindi napapatunayan, beyond reasonable doubt, na ginawa nga niya ang ibinibintang sa kanya," he said.

Former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. was rushed to Saint Luke’s Hospital following news that his son Joseph was arrested.

According to Dr. Kristina Macrohan, he was suffering from cough and fever when he arrived the hospital.

Macrohan said he is now stable condition.

"Mr. Revilla Sr. is doing well, of course because of the ongoing problem now, he is undergoing too much stress," she said.

The Revilla patriarch is expected to attend the burial of his son on Wednesday. – Reports from Apples Jalandoni and Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News; Alex Calda, radio dzMM