Read her signed counter-affidavit
By Raïssa Robles
Ramona Revilla is the only other living witness – besides girlfriend Janelle Manahan – to the murder of Ramgen Revilla on October 28, 2011.
She submitted a 13-page counter-affidavit to the Philippine consulate in Ankara, Turkey last November 24.
It is understandably short on details since the police has tagged her as an accomplice. Anything she says may be used against her.
When you read it, you will see a lawyer helped her prepare it.
Since Ramona has earlier given two other versions of the same event and since this narration was submitted over a month after the murder, one cannot really help but be careful in assessing its “truthiness” – as TV satirist Stephen Colbert says.
However, this is Ramona’s first ever version which is legally binding since it is a signed affidavit.
I’d like to thank the source who gave me a copy of this affidavit. With so many conflicting versions of the same event, I thought it was important that readers are able to appreciate fore themselves the primary documents – the affidavits.
UPDATE: I’ve just uploaded Janelle Manahan’s affidavit in a piece entitled: Star witness in Ramgen Revilla murder prompts probe of victim’s four siblings
You can now compare Janelle’s with Ramona’s.
I am not saying that Ramona was lying or not telling the truth. All I’m saying is that she seems to know a lot more than what she’s telling here. Her lawyer must have told her not to say too much.
Some commenters on my site have demanded to know why I’m so keenly interested in this murder. They’ve hinted that I’m using it to tar or pin it on Senator Bong Revilla.
Honestly, aren’t you interested?
First of all, it is a sensational crime – a brother is killed in front of his girlfriend and sister, and the suspects are two sisters and one brother.
Second, the murder victim is the favorite son of prominent actor-turned-senator Ramon Revilla Sr. who heads a powerful political clan just outside Manila and whose son is now a senator eying a higher national post.
The murder and the complex family relationships perpetuated by the elder Revilla questions the very essence of a family in a predominant Catholic country like the Philippines. It was for this very reason that I earlier wrote the piece entitled – Sen. Ramon Revilla’s “Other Woman”.
Ramona begins by saying who in her family was outside Manila at that time and who were just outside the house.
Her narration, up to the time the masked man appears, does not contradict that of Ramgen’s girlfriend Janelle.
[NOTE: For those who find the print small to read, hit the keys “control +” on your keyboard to make the size larger. And “control –” to return to normal size.]
From that point on, her recollection of events become clipped and lacking in detail.
One thing that Ramona states, however, is that :
“I managed to call my sibling I do not know who between Gail or Joseph that I called to immediately pick me up in the house, who was only a few blocks from our house.”
Surely, she could have just reviewed her phone afterward to see whom she had called.
On page 6, she also said that while she was in the car with JR and Gail, someone phoned JR on his mobile, which prompted him to ask what had happened:
At the Las Piñas police station, she says she rapidly changed her story due to the media’s sudden appearance:
The rest of her counter-affidavit asserts her innocence, discredits other witnesses and points to another suspect – Ramgen’s assistant Ronaldo Ancajas:
See my latest related post:
Exclusive: Star witness in Ramgen Revilla murder prompts probe of victim’s 4 siblings – read Janelle Manahan’s affidavit
Sen. Ramon Revilla’s “Other Woman”
Ram Revilla murder: Tale of the 2 ‘idiot’ killers
nelson ongpauco says
ang hirap sa mga artista ay anak ng anak sa mga kabit …babaero din ako sapinas pero hindi ako naganak sa kabit….ang mga babaeng artista naman ay paanak ng paanak sa kung sinosinong lalaki kaya ang mga anak ay ibat iba ang ama ….walng kahihiyan ang mga artistang ito na ginagaya ng mga tao ..
ANC Teditorial 11/9/2011 – A Case of Misinterpretation
“a well-prepared statement” but deep inside your heart you knew who did it.
Sana mai-post din yung statement nung iba pang witness. This is very interesting, as a lover of murder mysteries and unsolved stories (in real life) It is difficult to jump into any conclusion based on limited resources.. Interested ako sa statement ng mga kasambahay nila at dun sa PA ni Ramgen.
(in number 2 letter f)
“…WITH A THOUGHT THAT THE ASSASSIN OF MY KUYA RAMGEN WAS STILL IN AND AROUND THE HOUSE, AND CONSIDERING THAT I DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY THEY WERE INSIDE THE HOUSE, I RAN TOWARDS THE STAIRS IN THE FASTEST PACE THAT I CAN…”
Bravo! She immediately ran as fast as she could in the direction of the assassin, toward the wide open main door which she suspects as the entry/ exit point of the armed killer. Unluckily, she did’nt catch-up with him.
Very brave! amazing guts! My friends say..”parang cine ?”
I thought she was seen/ found (nag-dadrama) by a Las Pinas Mall Secutiry Guard and was later turned over to the Police as earlier reported in the news?
Yon pala, she asked her brother and sister to drop her off the nearest Police Station in Las Pinas and she personally and voluntarily went to the said Las Pinas Police Station..
That seems to be correct..
To complement RR’s ” A Tale of 2 ‘idiot’ killers” , I’ll title this: ” A Tale of a desperate accomplice”.All testimonies point to her. And they are even cemented by her responses during and after the fatal incident.
1. This is how I define a true love for a brother ( 100% by blood). – I will take the bullets for the brother I love.
2. This is how I define justice for a beloved brother – I will do in all my strength and capacity to give justice even if it means my life. So I will just stay beside him. Come what may.
Well, let’s spell out sibling feud: D-I-E!
And let’s spell out guilty: R-U-N!
Rallie F. Cruz says
Everything is clear within the Revilla Family. A warring feud between legal and illegal families and with high respect not for the man who did it all but for having a mainstay in the political arena and the glittering high society they enjoy they just cannot leave what may put them in shame. They have to make cover ups for the image they are trying to protect.
MARA IS SUPER GUILTY FOR ESCAPING THIS CRIME 1,000 PERCENT SHE’S GUILTY. She can hide until se die, but her conscience is there, she can’t sleep well and her life will be miserable if not she’ll be MENTALLY ILL IT COULD HAPPEN.
Sorry si Mara she probably wished that Janelle is dead, so people will listen up to her LIES. A person who could do this to her own brother is an IDIOT. For the name of money they did this heinious crime.
MARA IS GUILTY……IF A MEMBER OF A FAMILY IS BRUTALLY SHOT LIKE THIS, YOUR FIRST INTUITION WOULD SHOOUT TULONG, TULONG, BUT SHE SEEMED VERY RELAX AND FULL OF LIES! SHE SOULD ROT IN JAIL WITH HER MOM AND SIBLINGS, THEY’RE ALL ACCOMPLICE IN THE SAID CRIME! ASWANG NA FAMILY!
An affidavit or a sworn statement should only state the facts and the events to what the affiant attest to. The rules of court or sections of the law should be taken later during court arguments and presentation. I don’t think Ramona is a lawyer that she understands what she stated in her affidavit.
it is clear that a lawyer prepared the statement. di na kailangan pa pagdudahan yun.
tama! bat ba nila kinukwestyon kung lawyer ang nagprepare? ehh naghire nga ang mga tao ng lawyer to advise them kung paano nila maibibigay ang statement nila ng tama..yun mga lawyers ni Mara ang may pagkaengot kasi they don’t check kung ano na ba yun nsabi ng client nila before bago magissue ng bagong statement
Surely, the Revilla clan will do anything to stop and influence Janelle from telling the truth. That’s how powerful they are. Pose grave threat to her family if she try to implicate the victim’s siblings. These are the type of people whom we can call ugaling squatters. Will do everything for the money even if they have to kill their own brother. And the MOM? The natural reaction to protect her children, right or wrong. BUT! There are laws needed to be followed. Sadly, powerful people bend them like the Revillas. And Janelle, God help her. coz surely, there will be freaking twist in her testimony as soon as she testify.
So, you are saying that Janelle is trying to cover the truth behind the death of her beloved boyfriend? Impossible, maari pa kung may love triangle or Janelle is trying to protect someone who is more important than her boyfriend.
nelson ongpauco says
kung si jannelle ang nagpapatay kay ramgen bakit pati siya BINARIL ???ginamuntikan ng mama,tay si jenelle hindi kunwari warian ang tama sa mukha .suwerte lang at nabuhay pa ……ano ang statement ng katulong at driver na nasa bahay..bakit hindi agad tumawag nag ambulansia at pulis si ramona …at hindi agad sinabi sa kapatid na tumawag ng pulis kung wala sya telephono …….plano ang nagyari kaya nagulat sila ng nasa hospital si jenelle.