Ramona's retraction bolsters probe: cop
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - A police official on Friday said there are sure signs of a cover-up in the murder of aspiring actor-politician Ramgen Bautista Revilla after his own sister admitted that she was not abducted by the alleged killers last week.
Task Force Ramgen chief Enrique Sy said Ramona Bautista's statement that she lied to police about the alleged abduction bolsters their theory that someone from the Revilla household had helped the assailant kill Ramgen.
Sy said that even before the murder last October 28, there was already an attempt by killers to enter the house on October 12.
"Mayroong tumutulong sa kanila...Siguradong may kasabwat sila sa loob," he told radio dzMM.
Ramgen Revilla, 22, was shot and stabbed dead inside the Revilla family's 2-storey home in BF Homes, Parañaque past 11 p.m. last October 28. His girlfriend, Janelle Manahan, was shot in the face and shoulder but survived the attack.
Police have filed murder and frustrated murder charges against Ramona and Ramon Joseph, brother and sister of Ramgen, plus 5 others for the murder of the Revilla sibling. Ramona and Ramon Joseph are 2 of 9 children of former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. and Genelyn Magsaysay.
Last Saturday, Ramona told police she rushed to Ram’s aid when she heard a gunshot inside the house.
She said she saw Manahan being shot and Ram struggling with a lone attacker before staggering inside his room, wounded.
She said that after the killing, the suspects took her with them then dropped her off in front of Starmall at Alabang Zapote Road. She then sought help from a security guard who brought her to the nearest police precinct at around 2 a.m.
“Parang tulala at wala sa sarili. Sabi niya binaril daw ‘yung kuya niya,” said security guard JM Magbanua.
Signs of a cover-up
Sy, however, said there were several inconsistencies in Ramona's statement.
He said Manahan told police that she was still conscious and had asked Ramona to get an ambulance and help "but Ramona never came back."
Ramona, in turn, told ABS-CBN News Channel that Manahan was no longer speaking a few minutes after she was shot.
Fearing for her life, she said she ran out of the house and called her pregnant sister. She then got on a car and tried to get as far as possible from their house.
Ramona told ANC she concocted the story about being abducted by the attackers because she was ashamed about leaving her brother and Manahan.
She did not identify the pregnant sister who brought her out of BF Homes or why she was dropped off near Starmall after the attack.
Sy said Ramgen's personal assistant, Ronaldo Ancajas, and 3 household help were inside the house when the attack happened.
He said Ancajas had looked out the window and spotted Ramon Joseph and Ramona walking nonchalantly outside the house.
His statement was corroborated by a subdivision guard Joyrex Asimbrado, who was stationed at a gate about 30 meters away from the Revilla house.
"Nakita niya sa bintana lumabas si Joseph kasunod si Mara o Ramona. Ito po ay na-confirm ng gwardiya sa gate na lumabas siya na naglalakad si Ramona. Tapos yung isang gate sa subdivision, there are 2 gates...Nakita ng isang gwardiya na lumabas magkasunod ang magkapatid," Sy said.
Sy also said he finds credible the account of witness Ruel Puzon who said he was hired by RJ to kill Ramgen.
In his affidavit, Puzon said RJ first offered P200,000 to hired hitmen Michael Althera and Roy Francis Tolisora to kill Ramgen on October 12.
When the attempt failed, the suspects allegedly approached Puzon and asked him if he could carry out the murder instead.
On October 17, Althera and a certain Bryan brought Puzon to BF Parañaque onboard a Toyota Innova and showed him the vehicle they had allegedly used during their first murder attempt.
Sy said Puzon personally heard RJ order them to kill Ramgen.
He said more evidence will be presented during the preliminary investigation on November 8.