Jun 17, 2019 @ 8:28
Ramgen Revilla murder: Parañaque court acquits his brother
The Parañaque City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has acquitted Ramon Joseph “RJ” Bautista and five others accused of killing his brother Ramgen Revilla and shooting the latter’s girlfriend in 2011.
In a recent 144-page decision, acting Branch 274 Judge Betlee-Ian Barraquias cited the “lack of sufficient evidence” in acquitting RJ, as well as Michael Jay Nartea, Roy Francis Tolisora, Glaiza Vizda, Jan Norwin Dela Cruz and Ryan Pastera.
The court ordered the release of all six defendants from jail.
Meanwhile, the court archived the case against Ramgen and RJ’s sister Ramona Belen Bautista because she had remained at large and was never subjected to trial. The court also ordered the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest against her.
Ramgen, RJ and Ramona are all children of former Sen. Ramon Revilla, Sr.
On October 28, 2011, Ramgen was shot and stabbed to death by a masked person inside the family residence at BF Homes. Both RJ and Ramona were at the scene at the time.
His girlfriend and fellow actor Janelle Manahan was at the scene of the crime; she was shot in the face and had to go through reconstructive surgery.
The prosecution presented a witness who saw RJ go in and out of the house around the same time that Ramgen was killed.
But, the court did not find this to be sufficient evidence, since RJ’s actual actions were not established.
“Nowhere in the testimony of said witness do we find any other act or acts of accused Ramon Joseph that can be construed as constituting an overt act within the ambit and contemplation of our criminal law that would make manifest that he was in unison and in cohort with the unidentified assailant or assailants in perpetrating the crimes in issue,” read the decision.
The court added that prosecutors were unable to link the physical evidence, such as bullets, to any of the accused. The police failed to find the gun and the bladed weapon used in the attack.