Raps filed vs Ramgen sister, husband
The girlfriend of Ramgen Bautista on Tuesday formally filed murder and attempted murder charges against the victim’s sister and her husband before the Parañaque City Prosecutor’s Office.
The filing of the complaint coincided with the termination by Assistant City Prosecutor Leah Roma of the preliminary investigation to determine whether or not several other suspects—Bautista’s sister, Ma. Ramona; Ryan Pastera; Glaiza Visda and Norwin de la Cruz—should also be charged in connection with Bautista’s death.
Roma is expected to decide on the matter next week.
In her supplemental complaint-affidavit, Jannelle Ann Manahan sought the inclusion of Gail Bautista-Furuyama and her husband, Hiro Furuyama, as principals by inducement “for the murder of Ramgen Bautista and [the attempt on my life].”
According to her, she was “the only one left among those directly affected by the crime to pursue justice for Ramgen and myself and to charge all those involved regardless of personal relations and regardless of the emotional burden this entails.”
Manahan was with Bautista when he was shot and killed on October 28. The gunman then turned on her although she survived after a lengthy stay in the hospital.
Her petition was based on the sworn statements executed by other respondents in the case, including Michael Nartea, Francis Tolisora, Visda and De la Cruz, and her recollection of the events before, during and after the October 28 incident.
Manahan claimed that the victim’s siblings, namely, Ramon Joseph, or RJ, Ma. Ramona and Gail, including Gail’s husband, conspired and planned to kill her and Bautista.
According to her, this was based on the sworn statements of the other accused who claimed that the four “[had] been seen on several occasions handing out money, driving vehicles to bring contracted killers to the Bautista family’s house at BF Homes, meeting with contracted killers and providing information on Ramgen’s movements, among others.”
Manahan also said it was Hiro who drove Ma. Ramona away from the crime scene.
In implicating Gail, Manahan noted the former’s “simple response” when Ma. Ramona called her up to tell her that Manahan and Bautista had been attacked.
According to Manahan, Gail merely said, “Okay, we’re on our way,” without any sign of panic or worry in her voice.
She added that when Gail and her husband arrived at the Bautistas’ house, Ma. Ramona hurriedly boarded the car being driven by Hiro to get away from the crime scene.
“As my lawyers further explained, my plea for [Ma. Ramona] to get help for myself and for Ramgen, which was already communicated to Gail and Hiro via a previous cell phone call and which should have been urgently addressed by RJ, Ma. Ramona, Gail and Hiro, was obviously disregarded by the four who, instead of instinctively rushing to provide succor to their fallen brother, Ramgen, and to me who was dying, drove off to a gasoline station where they just discussed the bloody events which transpired just a few minutes past.”
She recalled that when Ma. Ramona was in the room where she and Bautista lay wounded from the attack, “Ma. Ramona avoided as much as possible any physical contact with us, either to help us or as a spontaneous act of compassion and concern.”
“As my lawyers explained, Ma. Ramona’s inconsistent statements before police were a result of a planned alibi being blown because I survived. Thus, Ma. Ramona had to fabricate a story that she was abducted by Ramgen’s killers, a story corroborated by Gail and Hiro at the hospital,” Manahan alleged.
Manahan’s lawyer Argee Guevarra, meanwhile, asked the Department of Justice to issue a hold departure order for Gail and her husband.