Revilla clan shocked sibling linked to Ramgen murder

Posted at 11/01/2011 3:00 PM | Updated as of 11/01/2011 11:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla on Tuesday said the entire Revilla clan is shocked that a sibling, Ramon Joseph Bautista, has been implicated in the murder of aspiring actor-politician Ramgen “Ram” Revilla.

"Our family is as shocked as everyone. Nabigla rin kami sa kinalabasan ng imbestigasyon sa pagkamatay ng aming kapatid na si Ramgen, at ngayon naman ang pagkakasangkot ng tunay na kapatid ni Ramgen at half-brother din namin na si Joseph," an official statement from the senator said.

"Hindi pa man naililibing ang isa, isinasangkot naman ang isa pa. This is a tragic death made even more tragic by the fact that a family member is being implicated," it added.

The senator said the family cannot believe that Joseph would have a hand in Ramgen's murder.

"Hindi kami makapaniwala na may kinalaman nga siya, hangga’t hindi napapatunayan, beyond reasonable doubt, na ginawa nga niya ang ibinibintang sa kanya," he said.

He urged the police to weigh the credibility of witnesses who have implicated Joseph in the murder, saying that statements should be validated.

"We call on the Task Force Ramgen to make sure that the result of the investigation must not lead to irreparable damage to the innocent, especially to their family members," he said.

On the other hand, he said the suspects should be punished if they are indeed proven guilty of the crime.

Ram was shot and stabbed dead in his house in Phase 6, BF Homes in Parañaque City before midnight on Friday. His girlfriend, Janelle Manahan, was also shot but is now recovering at the Asian Hospital in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Parañaque police chief Senior Superintendent Billy Beltran earlier revealed that Ramon Joseph Bautista, 22, is now under police custody after being tagged as one of the suspects in the killing of Ram.

Beltran declined to give more details about the arrest, saying the investigation is ongoing. He said the police will turn over the case to the fiscal’s office.

Joseph and 2 other suspects are set to undergo inquest proceedings Tuesday regarding the murder.

Senator Revilla earlier offered a P500,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrests of those involved in the killing of his half-brother.