Read her signed counter-affidavit
By Raïssa Robles
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.
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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:
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