Ramona admits she wasn't abducted
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Contrary to her initial statements to the police, Ramona Bautista admitted on Friday that she was not abducted on the evening of her brother Ramgen Revilla's murder, but denied she had a hand in the crimes committed last week.
Ramona said she did not tell the truth when she told police that she was abducted by the killer on October 28, the night that her brother was shot and stabbed to death, and her girlfriend, Jannelle Manahan, was shot.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN's Gigi Grande on ANC's Dateline Philippines, Ramona confirmed that she was inside the house when an attacker entered their house in BF Homes in Parañaque City.
She said she had been talking to Ramgen about getting an iPhone video that they had wanted to share with another sibling in Baguio.
A lone attacker wearing a mask then entered Ramgen's room and shot Jannelle first, causing Ramgen to fight the attacker. After a scuffle, Ramgen then entered the room and locked the door.
"Bigla na lang niyang binaril si Jannelle. Hindi ko nga po alam na binaril niya si Jannelle. Hindi ko alam yung putok na malakas na hangin. Si Ramgen nagsasabi ng 'Sino ka, sino ka?' Tapos linabanan siya ni Ramgen. Narinig ko si Ramgen nagsabi 'Aray!' tapos bumalik siya sa kwarto. Pinilit niya ng buong lakas na isara yung pinto. Naipit pa nga yung kamay ng lalakai na nakamask," she said.
'Ramgen saved my life'
"Si Ramgen po ang sumagip ng buhay ko kaya hindi ako nasaktan...Utang ko po ang buhay ko sa kapatid ko. Hindi ko siya kayang saktan," she said.
She said that after the attack, she tried to revive Ramgen to no avail. She also tried to help Jannelle, telling her to hang on because she might bleed to death.
She said she asked Jannelle for Ramgen's car keys so she could drive her to the nearest hospital but Jannelle was no longer talking.
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.
"Tumakbo na ako sa kotse. Hindi na ako lumingon ng bahay. Ang iniisip ko na lang nun, lalayo ako ng bahay dahil ang killer nandun pa po o wala pa po dahil wala na pong nagbigay sa akin ng saklolo. Ang alam ko lang ma-ta-trust ko yung mga kapatid ko at hindi na ako masusundan duon," she said.
Ashamed, not in state of mind
She said she was still in shock when she discovered that Ramgen was killed but Jannelle survived the incident. She said she later told police that she was abducted by Ramgen's killer but was abandoned near Starmall in Las Piñas because she was ashamed about leaving Jannelle and Ramgen.
"Wala na po ako sa state of mind. Ang gusto ko na lang maligtas yung sarili ko at makaalis ako ng insident, nung place na pangyayari nun...Nahihiya ako sa pamilya ko at sa buong mundo na iniwan ko lang sila. Hindi ko na po naisip. Ang gusto ko lang makaalis nung gabing yun. Kung hindi ako nagpanic hindi ko rin po maiisip ang gagawin ko po," she said.
Despite her retraction about the abduction, Ramona denied that she had a hand in the murder of Ramgen. Ramona, her brother, Ramon Joseph, and 5 others have been identified as suspects in the killing.
"Malinis po ang konsyenya ko. Tinulungan ko po si Jannelle ng hanggat makakaya ko po. Sigaw ako ng sigaw. Humihingi po ako ng tulong. Alam niya rin po yan," she said.