Gov’t witness in Ruby Rose Barrameda murder case recants testimony

A+
A
A-

Ruby Rose Barrameda. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The government’s witness to the death of Ruby Rose Barrameda, sister of actress and former beauty queen Rochelle Barrameda, has recanted his testimony.

Manuel Montero’s recantation was contained on the notice of withdrawal of consent and testimony dated February 25 as confirmed by the Malabon Regional Trial Court Branch 170.

Ruby Rose’s body was recovered on June 10, 2009 in the waters off Navotas City inside a steel drum. She went missing in March 2007.

The police then filed charges against her husband Manuel Jimenez III, her father-in-law Manuel Jimenez Jr., his brother Lope Jimenez and henchmen Eric Fernandez, Robert Ponce and Lennard “Spyke” Descalso based on Montero’s testimony. Her husband was eventually cleared of any involvement in the killing.

Meanwhile, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, counsel for Lope Jimenez said those who accused his client should apologize “for destroying his reputation and his life.

“We feel that all those who have heaped accusations against him in a most dastardly and malevolent manner must now apologize to him for destroying his reputation and his life. Mr. Lope Jimenez will now have to pick up the pieces of his life, as it were, and much of the stigma may never disappear,” Topacio said.

Topacio said the recantation of Montero is a vindication of all the accused.

“The proper and decent thing for the Justice Department to do is to move for the dismissal of the case against our client, consistent with its mandate to do justice,” he added.

The Department of Justice has yet to issue a response on the Montero’s recantation.

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    kahit mag-recant ka pa e naituro mo na ung exact location nung bangkay kung saan nyo nilubog d b? so kung tama yung location e di tama din kung sino nag-utos tama b?

    • siegfeil

       Dapat ikulong yang gov’t witness. daming pera siguro binayad diyan sa ‘amuyong na yan’.

    • henri_see

      kinidnap ni ruby rose sarili nya, nagbaril, nilagay nya sa drum sarili nyang katawan, tapos sinimento ang sarili at hinulog sa dagat.

      tapos nagpakita sa panaginip kay Montero kaya nalaman nya kung nasaan ang katawan.
      It’s all possible under our Philipipne justice system under the likes of Topacio.

  • Mananandata69

    Dapat may batas na kapag ang witness ng recant ng kanyang testimony ay parusahan. Why it took him so long to recant.

  • iduniq

    They have a witness who pinpointed the location of the body and found the body.  Still not enough to convict?

    • siegfeil

       grabe nga naman yang mga abogago yung facts na twist nila. Atty Jimenez is an influential family in Cavite. baka makulong pa yung father ni barrameda

  • tarikan

    Atty. Tupaksyo, you know and everybody knows na ginapang na ang dapat gapangin sa recantation na  yan. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGJQXQZQTEJ2HCRFR72WKELIPA eric

    Topacio and Jimenez might be both members of a very God fearing group…….

  • sharkbaittt

    we all know what happened here, someone has been paid or either threatened his family to meet the same fate as the poor girl, why don’t just they shut up they are going to be acquitted anyway, they manage to escape the justice, our justice system should be overhauled, the government should pursue some other way of convicting criminals even if the main witness recants… i hope she rest in peace even if with these setback..

    • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

       pinapili lang yan..cash or family

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucio.v.liwanag Lucio V Liwanag

    Atty Topacio… a total idot

  • boldyak

    there must be a law against witnesses who fliplops…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NX6SLZAWPDFCZA77EAJ23EYXQ dennis

    If hindi pa ma-convict itong mga accused, isa lang ang ibig sabihin. WALANG KWENTA ANG BATAS NG PINAS LABAN SA MGA MAIMPLUWENSYANG TAO!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    What an irresponsible statement from Topacio. Pinapangunahan na ang korte kung ano ang magiging decision after the recanatation. For crying out loud, he might have been pressed to the bones just to recant.

  • tonyoks

    so sinakal niya sarili nya, tapos binuhusan sarili niya ng semento pumasok sa drum, binuhat niya yon at tumalon doon sa medyo malayo para di na sana siya makita….

    anong klaseng tao ang maniwala sa yo topacio….???

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/B7DGJPH6BDT2Y2O6AVAQH55TCI Pholly

    ewan ko sa inyo!!!

  • JosengSisiw1

    wala kasing kwenta talaga yung imbestigador dito sa pinas, ang dami ng ebidensya sa witness pa rin ang asa. pag walang witness walang kaso, ano ba yan????.

    • lennonpaul

       ganyan ang demokrasya dito…a big joke!!!

  • vicfabe

    I feel sorry sa Barrameda family,,the only option is to look for people nalang to do what they have to do, no wonder ang daming rubouts dito sa atin because our court system cannot protect the aggrieved..tinuro na lahat tapos sasabihin hindi guilty..grabe na injustice na talaga

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1729556320 Sean Ang

      Andyan na lahat ng evidence, pati katawan ni ruby rose nakuha na, may witness pa, pero di pa maprosecute yung mga master mind after so many many years. Parang basketball na kulang na lang i-lay up na lang, di pa pumasok ang bola… palagay ko, and susunod na ma walang sala, yung mga Ampatuan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/B7DGJPH6BDT2Y2O6AVAQH55TCI Pholly

    Philippines still the Banana Republic of South East Asia… Laughing stuff of the World…

  • PinoyPinoyako

    Either nabayaran na or tinakot ng husto (like papatayin ang lahat ng mga kamag-anak)…kaya itong witness mag-sacrifice na lang para hindi madawit yong loves ones niya. Just think about this, paano niya nalaman kung asan hinulog ang drum containing the body of Ruby Rose if wala siyang first hand information (andon siya when the crime was committed).  Sinabi niya noon kung sino ang involve,,,Di ba very credible siya as witness? Put#!!##!!! kayo…lalo ka na Topacio!!! Me araw ka rin…

  • MANGLUCIO

    THERE MUST BE A LAW PUNISHING WITNESSES FOR RECANTING LIKE THIS IDOT. THIS IS THE FRUIT OF BLOODY SLOW PACE IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IN THE PHILIPPINES. NAGKAKAROON NG PAGKAKATAONG NA GAPANGIN NG MGA AKUSADO ANG MGA WITNESSES, EITHER BY INTIMIDATION OR FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION. I BET YOU THAT THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS WITNESS. WAKE UP YOU BLOODY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT..PUT A TIMELINE FOR EVERY CASE CIVIL OR CRIMINAL.

  • siegfeil

    pera pera na naman. parang alabang boys. i knew they will be acquitted, grabe justice dito. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    This is one big problem with our justice system.. usad pagong. Because of too much delays, the witnesses are being paid off or even intimidated to the point of recanting their testimonies. In such situations, we cannot blame relatives of the victims if they eventually seek justice by their own hands.

  • buttones

    Is there no penalty for giving ‘false’ witness in our Courts? It’s another unsolved crime, somebody murdered the girl- who? The guy is still roaming the streets presumably and the case in now four years old, it happens so many times, who killed Dacer and Corbito for example?

  • $20926843

    Isn’t this witness under the witness protection program of the DOJ? How come that he was able to recant his testimony? If indeed he is under WPP, this is a slapped on the face of this SOB DOJ Sec delima. It is a testament to the inutility of delima in which the buck stops to her  likewise inutile and autistic boss patron in malacanang.

    • Rogers Nelson Uy

      witness protection program sa pinas?! me pera ka lang, mapapatay mo taong protektado kuno

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000851762814 Pepe Mayagimat

    BULOK TALAGA JUSTICE SYSTEM DITO SA PUTANGINANG BANSANG TO. WALANG KWENTA MGA PUTANGINANG MUKHANG PERA!

    • regie

      well pepe talagang ganayan . wag kang magalala di natutulog ang DIYOS….

  • jaws378

    Check first. Tapos na ba ang testimony ni Montero, more specifically tapos na ba ang kanyang cross examination. If yes, kailangan niyang humarap sa court and affirm under oath his affidavit of recantation and be subjected to cross examination ng prosecution. Even then courts looks upon with disfavor  ang recantation ng witness dahil alam ng judge na maraming dahilan na puedeng magturo sa witness na mag recant for example kung nabayaran ang witness or tinakot.

    Ang problema ay kung hindi pa tapos ang cross examination at ang mga pagtatanong ay doon lang sa mga minor matters. Kapag ganito ang situation, ang gagawin defense ay ipatatangal sa record ang direct testimony ni Montero kung hindi na siya magpapakita sa court. Kapag nabura sa records ang direct testimony, mawawalan ng ebidensya ang prosecution para patunayan ang sala ng mga akusado maliban na lamang kung mayroon pa silang ibang witness.

  • roy roy

    This should be CONCERN to ALL Filipinos. Another soul up there in heaven is gonna block our prayers. Only when we give her justice will our prayers be accepted again.

  • $5699914

    Topacio, ikaw na naman???!!!!

    Talaga naman, kapag may demonyo, lagi kang nakangudngod doon!

  • go88

    paid or intimidated?

  • wakats

    How come?  Can credible and circumstantial testimonies leading to the discovery of the body and other material information pointing to the perpetrators, just be disregarded because the witness is recanting?

    Is our justice system catering only to the filthy rich who can afford to buy anything?  Do we have to wait for the social explosion to render justice to all, including the poor?  

  • ebj

    This is total injustice to the Barramedas, who only wanted the perpetrators to face justice.  Naghintay sila ng matagal para lang mapunta sa wala.  

  • Sebastianne

    Isama na si Manuel Montero sa kaso as one of the killers.  He’s not a state witness anymore.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

    this witness should be put to jail: 1)mocking the justice system 2) adding more pain to the bereaved family of ruby rose. ipakulong yang si montero. question now is: magkano nakuha nya sa pag recant.

  • repapips

    tuloy pa rin ang kaso kahit nag withdraw na. pde naman gamitin pa rin ang mga sinabi ng witness kung nagtutugma sa mga ebidensya.

    wala na sigurong makain at tinakot pa kaya bumaligtad na. mahirap talagang maging witness kapag ganyan kalakas ang kalaban.

  • jugmar

    make him hostile witness for the prosecution, and impeach him as such in order to reveal his motive, thereby, destroying his credibility.

  • maypakialamtayo

    maniwala pa ako na mali ang statements nya noon kung hindi tumugma yung itinuro nyang lugar kung saan itinapon si ruby rose at kung saan nakalagay, bobo na lang ang judge na hindi nakakaintindi nito.

  • boybakal

    Circumstantial evidence should be given more credibility and weight than the testimony of the witness.
    Why….who would kill this woman and put in a drum except of course her immediate family like husband.
    This is not a case of robbery with the way the body of the crime was concealed in a drum.

    This is again poor handling of the case by the prosecution.

  • Paliwaweng

    Atty. Topacio, you should apologize instead. For ‘distorting’ the truth.
    And the Department of Justice will be a useless branch of the government and doubt of corruption will linger.

  • regie

    if montero recanted but there is corpus delecti and he was the one who showed it, then he should be the one to be charged for murder. his motive is immaterial because there is a corpse and he was the one who showed it. charge him and send him to the gallows ….

    • diamond_digger

       You are right, Atty. Ric. We can just hope and pray this case shall be intently looked into by Sec. Delima and that she pass this on to no-nonsense prosecutors in the DOJ. This case has already captured the attention of a great majority of the Filipinos and the initial results have strengthened the confidence of the poor and lowly in the justice system. This recent twist, however, is certain to diminish the people’s trust if left unremedied.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Individuals like this who volunteer themselves to be state witness in exchange for immunity only to back out from what they originally exposed later, should be prosecuted and lock up in jail.  Obviously, money again has played a great deal in making this witness recant making the witness protection program defective.

  • lolong.buwaya

    dapat itong si montero ang ilagay sa drum… magkano montero..? kala mo lusot ka.. ungak sa iyo nakita ang huling ibidensiya (labi ni ruby) so ikaw ang may sala… kulong ka hudas ka…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWDQ6P2QWTMUDNAVU3O5O6PLPI Paulapaula

       yeah, at kawawang Montero, sya pa ang makukulong at ang mga Jimenez absuwelto. Naisahan din sya ng mga kapawa nya animal…

  • lolong.buwaya

    hindi pa rin tapos ang laban me tinuro si montero na nahuli last year ag gusto ding maging witness pag ito ay hindi nag back out – promise montero kasama mong mag iihaw si satanas

  • catmanjohn

    Unbelievable. Only in the Philippines. The Inquirer should give us more insight on this Jimenez bunch, and what their political and financial base is.

  • DATAN

    Atty. Topacio don’t push your luck, the case is not over yet until the ‘fat lady sings’….

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    Col marantan, nakikiusap ako sa inyo na bago ka man lang makulong pasyalan nyo muna yang mga pumatay dyan kay barrameda ng mabawasan naman ang inyong mga kasalanan at makasalanan dito sa earth..alam ko hindi lang isda negosyo nyan, pati jueteng sa laguna hihihihi

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWDQ6P2QWTMUDNAVU3O5O6PLPI Paulapaula

       Korek…at sa mga third justices– NPA, ABU, Terrorists, Marantan… kahit minsan lang, gumawa kayo ng kabutihan sa kapwa nyo..Help Barrameda’s… hehe

    • diamond_digger

       Your appeal for marantan to hit and eliminate the barrameda killers to lessen the impact of his sins, may not even prompt marantan to consider that even faintly. However the second reason, which is the operation of jueteng in the turf of Ka Tita Dinglasan is one sure hell of a fire that will consume the passion of marantan to again go on a murderous rage. To him, di na baleng mapuntang impeyerno basta magkakamal lang siya ng maraming pera dito sa mundo thru Ka Tita’s jueteng empire. Your wish will come true, marantan: “to rot in hell.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWDQ6P2QWTMUDNAVU3O5O6PLPI Paulapaula

    Pansin ko lang ang mga hinahawakang kaso ni Topacio ay ang mga mayayaman na corrupt, killer, business magnate… ang yaman na siguro nito… hehehe 
    Hindi pa tapos ang laban… may Diyos tayo. #JUSTICEFORRUBY

    • diamond_digger

       While Topacio may have a good grasps of the ins and outs of our earthly laws, he is so arrogant to know and learn of certain laws of nature and the laws of GOD. When KARMA would hit him from out of nowhere, his earthly knowledge is insufficient to understand. Just like what hit Atty. Lozano’s family last year. When it is your turn, Ferdie, a lot of people would just give you a smirk and say beeeeelaaaat!

  • lolong.buwaya

    GEN. PALPARAN AT COL. MARANTAN… this is it!!!!!

  • Rolly257

    Topacio said the recantation of Montero is a vindication of all the accused.

    Montero recanted his previous testimony maybe because he got paid, or threatened, or both.
    It’s not vindication at all…we all know how our justice system works.

    I just wonder how Topacio could sleep well???

    Magtibak na lang ako ng bato, kaysa maging abogado tulad ni Topacio.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks

advertisement

popular

advertisement

videos