Star witness in Ruby Rose Barrameda murder case recants

Statements, testimonies ‘all lies’


Ruby Rose Barrameda

On the eve of the sixth anniversary of Ruby Rose Barrameda’s death comes news of a development which may lead to the collapse of the case filed against the suspects who include the victim’s husband, father-in-law and uncle-in-law.

On Tuesday, state witness Manuel Montero told the Malabon Regional Trial Court Branch 170 that because his conscience was bothering him, he was retracting all of his previous testimonies which, according to him, were full of falsehoods.

He also said that he did not wish to be a state witness any longer as he asked for forgiveness from all of the accused.

“The statements I gave to the court about the accused in the case of Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez were not true and were all lies,” Montero said in a 12-page notice of withdrawal of consent and testimony sent to the court by courier.

He added that the testimonies he gave in court were false and that some people only coached him to say these things. However, he did not name those behind the ploy, saying he feared for his life.

Coached statements

“It is not true that Lope Jimenez and his brother Atty. Manuel Jimenez Jr. and even Manuel Jimenez III ordered the crime that I mentioned in my statements and testimonies. I was just ordered to [tell] these lies and I agreed because I had a grudge [against] Lope Jimenez [who] was my former employer,” Montero said.

He went on to clear the other accused in the case as he also denied being involved in the victim’s kidnapping and killing.

“There was no abduction of Ruby Rose. It is not true that I gave the order to [kidnap her to] the accused Eric, Spyke and Obet. I don’t even know the real name of Obet. All of us had no involvement in the disappearance of Ruby Rose. We did not kill Ruby Rose…,” he added.

Montero, a former employee of the Jimenezes, earlier admitted in sworn statements he issued in May and June 2009 and in his testimonies that he was part of the plan to kill Barrameda.

The order, he said, came from her father-in-law Manuel Jimenez Jr. and his brother Lope Jimenez who were looking out for the interest of the victim’s husband, Manuel Jimenez III, with whom she was having a legal dispute over the custody of their children.

He also tagged three others in the plot—Eric Fernandez, Robert [Obet] Ponce and Lennard “Spyke” Descalso. Montero earlier said the four of them had kidnapped the victim, killed her and then stuffed her body into a drum full of cement.

Her remains were found in the waters off Navotas City on June 10, 2009, more than two years after she disappeared while on her way to her estranged husband’s house to visit their children.

The twist in the case developed  nearly a month after the Court of Appeals lifted its previous order, paving the way for the resumption of the hearings on the case which had been indefinitely postponed. It also allowed Montero, whose petition had been previously denied, to turn state witness.

Blanket denial

“The truth is the accused in the case did not commit anything wrong and they did not have any part in the case. Even I am not involved in the case. That’s why my first plea was ‘not guilty,’” Montero said.

He further said that he and the other accused did not throw the drum which contain Barrameda’s body into the waters off Navotas where it would be later be found by the police.

According to him, the drum came from Bacoor, Cavite, and was “planted” only a few days before “I was taught to pinpoint the accused.”

Montero said he was setting the record straight because he was being bothered by his conscience as he was accusing “innocent people.”

“I hope this statement will mitigate my lies and faults. I ask for forgiveness from all the accused,” he added as he stressed that no one forced him to execute the 12-page notice of withdrawal of consent and testimony.

The document was signed by Montero with his wife Irene and their daughter, Michelle Ann, serving as witnesses.

In a television interview, Rochelle Barrameda, the victim’s sister, expressed surprise and dismay over the development.

The Barramedas will attend a Holy Mass and a press conference set for Thursday in commemoration of Ruby Rose’s death anniversary.

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  • firstsgtmike

    Are there laws against perjury, lying in court, presenting false affidavits and bearing false witness????

  • Jess

    lokohin mong lelong mo, magkano tinanggap mo, tiyak milyon ano?

    • Darwin

      It doesn’t have to be about money. A gun to your family’s head is sometimes enough.

  • Jess

    naalala ko yung si Mahusay, ganyang -ganyan siya bumali
    gtad matapos mabigyan ng pera.

  • CheapJ

    He further said that he and the other accused did not throw the drum which contain Barrameda’s body into the waters off Navotas where it would be later be found by the police.
    According to him, the drum came from Bacoor, Cavite, and was “planted” only a few days before “I was taught to pinpoint the accused.”

    The fact is the body found inside the drum was Barrameda’s. If what he’s saying is true, he should identify the person who “coached” him.

  • pulis

    Yan sinasabing mockery of justice…

  • tra6Gpeche

    This is really nothing new in the Philippines. In the Dacer-Corbito, kuratong-baleleng and other court cases, no one is found guilty. In the Ampatuan massacre and Atimonan 13 murder cases, every accused will be exonerated because of lack of witness or evidence. Why? Because these cases will move like a turtle in court. The judge, the witness or witnesses or even the lawyers of the plaintiff can be bought and intimidated. It is no wonder that in my town, suing somebody is very unlikely. They rather put the law in their own hands. Why bother going to court if the would-be defendant is rich and politically powerful. In general, laws in the Philippines favor the wealthy and those with connection. As for Manuel Montero, how could you blame him for recanting? He must have been promised or given lots of money. Or worst, he and his wife, Irene, and daughter, Michelle Ann, were threatened to be killed by the criminals. But I am sure that, one day, Manuel Montero will have an “accident” to keep him silent forever. 

  • dodot24

    Justice should not be affected with this new development because money speak again.  For six year he stand for it…. then recant today.  that is a bullshit.

  • nes911

    Useless na ang recantation ni montero. Sa sambayanang pilipino, ang mga jimenez ang talagang utak sa krimen na ito. Very obvious na nabayaran o tinakot lang si montero ng mga jimenez.

  • maypakialamtayo

    kasinungalingan? bakit mo natumbok kung saan matatagpuan ang pinaglang drum kay rubyrose!

  • bayankopdi


    • carlos1968

       Sa U.S. din, ganyan!

  • vince_bugaboo

    Bwah ha ha ha ha!!!!! all along pala si Ruby ang pumatay sa sarili n’ya, then nagkulong sa drum at pinagulong n’ya ang drum papunta sa ilog, ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!! H@yup, h@yup na h@yup!!!!

  • rickysgreyes

    We need Dark Justice

  • Ernesto

    hoodlum in robes na naman,kaya ang pinas di umaasenso

  • charlie_oscar

    Finding the drum and body speaks all… GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!

  • Ping Gonzales

    This is the result of long trial og a criminal case hanggang ang testigo 0 tesitogos ay magapang at mag recant sa kanilang mga testimonies magkano kaya ?

  • ApoLapullapu

    In the Bangsamoro regions, RIDO is popular.  Aggrieved parties do not hail suspects to Court.  They just find time to return the favor.  And this is all because our justice system is faulty.

  • corey guiao _

    If he has no knowledge why does he know where the drum came from? It’s only in the Phil. justice system that even witnesses can be bought, at kasama sa nabibili ang mga lawyers, fiscals and judges.The justice system here in our country is only for the rich who can buy and will buy almost anything for their own selfishness.Kahit  nga walang witness, pag may pera may instant witness.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Nagkagapangan na at baka dahil sa pera o banta sa buhay ng pamilya! Pero kung ang kunsensiya ang dahilan mo mas matakot ka sa karma montero!

  • Jose

    How can he recant a testimony that leads to the discovery of the body?  Will the body evaporate too? What idiocy! Now he will be one of the suspects too, he he he.

  • antdr111

    nag recant because of money, because of fear….. nakapg recant din kasi kulang ang abilidad ng government to secure witnesses at umusad pagong  ang kaso…… clearly, justice delayed is justice denied here.
    i hope the star witness will have the guts and wisdom to stick to the truth.  the accused ,if indeed they are the killers will ‘take care’ of him, in more ways than what was promised to him to recant.



  • Eric

    yan ang mali ni Manuel Montero, ang hindi nya nakita pag recant nya ay palalabasin na sya sa witness protection program, and when he is a free man, doon sya pa papatay ni jimenz  

  • joel genese

    “The truth is the accused in the case did not commit anything wrong and they did not have any part in the case. Even I am not involved in the case. That’s why my first plea was ‘not guilty,’” Montero said.

    Sa ikli ng statement ni Montero na aking nabasa, parang ang dami ng butas. Kung gusto niyang mag recant, hindi na niya dapat sambitin na walang ginawang pagkakasala ang kanyang former boss. Sabihin na lang niya na pinilit lang siyang pina amin.

  • Paulapaula

    its all about money, power and brotherhood. Sad news for the Barrameda’s esp today is Ruby’s 6th death anniversary. Ikulong na rin yang walang kwentang Montero na yan… pumatay na nga, ubod pa ng sinungaling… tsk tsk…Alam na ng buong pilipino kung sino ang pumatay at nagpapatay. Yung judge na lang ang hindi…  

  • Paulapaula

    To Montero, hello naman… sayo at sayo lang mismo nanggaling kung saan nakatago yung drum at si Ruby ang nasa loob nito. Panu mo nalaman na sya yun eh naka simento pa?? And most of all, sa lahat ng lugar sa Pilipinas eh dun pa talaga sa poder ng mga Jimenez nyo itinago yung drum! Ngayon sasabihin mong wala silang kinalaman? wala bang security guard doon? malamang may alam din sila and they allow it at hindi kayo sinita kasi mismong owner ang nag utos sa inyo…

    Everybody knows the truth. Power and money ang gagamitin ng mga Jimenez. This is one example of obvious injustice sa pinas… Poor Barrameda’s..

  • Jones

    magkano kaya? 

  • Adri Tion

    Its the love of money. . . that why hell is getting crowded with the powerful rich!

  • Adri Tion

    The devil bought some more souls with their own money!!!

  • $16638896

    siraulo pala tlga to si montero eh, pano nya napinpoint ang drum na may katawan ni ruby rose kung hindi sila ang pumatay dun? ang hirap hanapin ng ganung evidence if ur not part of it. magkano kaya ang ibinayad sa hinayupak nato?

  • diverme

    magkano kaya binayad sa kanya? some people will sell their soul for money

  • PinoyPinoyako

    NPA Justice ang kailangan dito…

    • Melvin

      Nalalagyan din ang NPA. Ngayon mag-eeleksyon ang laki-laki ng kita ng NPA, sa halos lahat ng probinsiya, kasi hinihingan nila ng revolutionary tax ang lahat ng kandidato, lalo na yung mga nakaupong governor… Kapag hindi nagbigay manggugulo sila… NPA pa! Hanap-buhay yata nila yan…

  • Political Jaywalker

    Hmmmmnnn, the court will take his friggin statement just like that, I will not be surprised though if the court agrees to that worthless animal Montero in perjuring himself. I say issue a warrant of arrest and throw that moron in jail for his role in the kidnap murder of Ruby Rose Barrameda.

  • kilabot

    when money talks, 
    everybody keeps quiet, 
    and may die sooner.

  • vince_bugaboo

    Montero, pag nakuha mo na ang bayad sa’yo ng mga murderer, punta ka sa NBI at bumaligtad ka ulit, then himingi ka ng proteksyon. pero kung mapatay ka rin nila, di bale, hayup ka naman e!

    • meldz

       hehehe natawa ako dito… pero may point! : D

  • Luke Devereaux

    Another case of witness intimidation.

  • Natx Bacalzo

    this man should take  lie detector test and when found lying, he should be hanged by the tongue.

  • kilawon(the return)

    kumusta naba ang kaso ng mga ampatuan? balita ko patay na raw ang karamihan na mga witness! dyos ko naman ..mga gunggung talaga ang hustisya ng bansa pinas!

  • Horst Manure

    This is the problem in a 3rd world 4th rate judiciary run by liaryer’s who could not find their behind in the dark.
    The judiciary vision is ” independent, effective and efficient”  about as good as the vision you get from drinking 4 bottles of GSM Blue and seeing pink elephants.

    Also it is unfair to go attorney hunting with in 100 yrds of a BMW dealership.

  • angtangamo

    Money talks, bullsh*t walks….

  • Pedro

    Mali ang pag- recant mo Manuel Montero. . .mas delikado ka pag nakalusot yang mga killers  na yan at MASTERMINDS  dyan sa kasong yan. .  pag tahimik na ang lahat at akala mo ay ok na, sa mga oras na hindi mo inaasahan, . . . . . ipapa – TUMBA  ka  na  nyan . . . Goodbye rice  ka na !! kawawang Montero. . . sa bandang huli . . . makikipagkita rin pala kay kamatayan. . walang saysay lahat ang kwarta mo. . .

  • Ai

    Kasalanan ni GMA to.

  • boybakal

    Star witness in Ruby Rose Barrameda murder case RECANTS….

    He should not RECANT but REPENT.

  • Melvin

    Langhya rin naman! Sa tinagal-tagal ay bumalik din sa normal ang kukote niya at ngayon lang niya nalaman na nagsisinungaling pala siya. Dapat dito kay Montero painumin ng sleeping tablets na good for 100 years ang epekto…

  • Jamal_G

    Star witness claims the call of conscience is his reason for recanting. Who is he fooling? Magkano ba noy? Tsaka yang One-ball Ferdinand Tupacio na naman ang lawyer ng mga Jimenez, ganun na ba ka imoral ang mga lawyers ngayon.?

  • pedro asintado

    This guy Manuel Montero who recanted his previous statements on the killers and mastermind in the murder of Rose Barrameda just made a wrong decision! Paying him with millions by the mastermind is only a temporary solution to escape prosecution. . the permanent solution is to silence him forever . . As of today Manuel Montero is a dead man walking. . . .

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