Ramgen's sis says Janelle was killer's target

Posted at 01/03/12 1:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Gail Bautista Furuyama and her husband, Hiro, underwent a preliminary investigation at the Paranaque Regional Trial Court Tuesday after being accused of masterminding the killing of Gail's brother, Ramgen Revilla.

In her counter-affidavit on the statement of primary witness Janelle Manahan, Bautista-Furuyama insisted that the killing was meant for Janelle, and that Ramgen was killed when he tried to intervene.

"This is a frustrated murder of Janelle Manahan that gave occasion to the killing of my beloved brother, Ramgen, by the same masked gunman using the same weapon," she said in her counter-affidavit.

"The killer shot her first although my Kuya Ramgen was already in the line of fire of the killer. My Kuya Ramgen came to her aid where he was shot in the process. Very clearly this is not a premeditated murder of my Kuya Ramgen, as the target of the killer was Janelle. These are facts based on the evidence in the records and my sister Ramona happens to be there at the wrong time but it did not make her a part of the crime."
She also said it is unbelievable for Janelle to overhear the conversation between her and sister Ramona after being shot in the head.

"The impact of the bullet on her head is traumatic and her consciousness is definitely affected. She even allegedly heard my voice from the other end of a cellphone in that condition, and this is simply preposterous and merely a concocted statement," she said.
Atty. Luke Espiritu, Manahan's lawyer, said the counter affidavit was full of mere denials. He said: "May positive identification kay Gail (Bautista-Furuyama) in terms of planning. May mga witness na sya ang tinuturo kaya sya hinabla."

Manahan will be submitting her reply to the counter-affidavit on January 10. Her lawyers will also submit their reply to the motion filed today by the Bautista-Furuyama lawyers to dismiss the case with alternative prayer to inhibit Assistant City Prosecutor Leah Roma.
The Bautista-Furuyama couple is the third batch of suspects on the controversial Ramgen Revilla Killing.

The first set of suspects, Ramon Joseph Bautista, Francis Tolisora and Michael Nartea, is scheduled to be arraigned on January 17, while the second set of suspects, Ramona Bautista, Glaiza Visda, and Norwyn Dela Cruz, are already set for resolution at the Paranaque City prosecutors office anytime from today.