A new witness presented by the Parañaque City police today, November 8, corroborated the lineup of suspects the police have named in the slaying of actor-politician Ramgen Revilla.
The Task Force Ramgen, headed by Chief Inspector Enrique Sy, presented before Assistant City Prosecutor Leah Roma a man named Lloyd Comeda.
Comeda is named as one of the hired killers of the 23-year-old Ramgen, who was murdered on the evening of October 28.
According to Parañaque Intelligence Chief Fergen Torred, the affidavit executed by Comeda substantiates the information that the victim’s siblings, Ramon Joseph "RJ" Bautista and Ramona Bautista, plus Michael Nartea and Roy Francis Tolisora, plotted to kill Ramgen.
Chief Inspector Sy expressed his confidence with his team’s investigation, "Opo, opo, one hundred percent po kaming naninindigan... na sila nga ang may sala."
The preliminary investigation of Nartea and Tolisora was postponed for tomorrow, November 9, due to the absence of the two suspects’ legal counsel.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT’S TESTIMONY: The task force also handed over to the prosecutor’s office the death certificate and post mortem documents of Ramgen.
The task force further provided prosecutor with the testimony of Ramgen’s production assistant, Ronald Angcajas.
Angcajas’s statement confirmed a rift between Ramgen and RJ, saying their dispute was over money and cars.
In a news item by The Philippine Daily Inquirer today, Angcajas narrated that the conflict between the two brothers started when RJ, 18, sold his relatively new Mitsubishi Strada for P800,000.
Ramgen, who was reportedly using the car often, felt shortchanged and told on his younger brother to their father, Ramon Revilla, Sr.
This, in turn, got former Senator Revilla, Sr. displeased with RJ.
Revilla, Sr. reportedly tried to teach RJ a lesson by not paying for the down payment of a new Mitsubishi Montero that RJ had purchased through the sale of the Strada.
Ramgen and RJ were said to have been in bad terms since that incident.
During the task force’s submission of Angcajas’s testimony this afternoon, Chief Inspector Sy said that the production assistant’s statements prove that the motive of the crime was the quarrel over money and cars.
COMPLAINT AGAINST RJ ADVANCES TO COURT: Meanwhile, RJ officially faces charges of murder and frustrated murder today.
The complaint filed against him has been raffled off among the judges of the Parañaque RTC (Regional Trial Court).
The case will be presided over by Judge Fortunito Madrona of Parañaque RTC Branch 274.
An arraignment is set on November 16, 2011.
RJ no longer went through a preliminary investigation, or inquest.
His counsel, Atty. Dennis Manzanal, waived RJ’s right to this phase of the litigation when he filed a motion seeking his client’s release due to his client’s illegal arrest.