Bong Revilla has custody of sister
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has custody of Maria Ramona Bautista, one of the suspects in the killing of her brother Ramgen Bautista Revilla, a police official said Thursday.
Sr. Supt. Romulo Sapitulan, Las Piñas police chief, said the senator took Ramona from the Las Piñas police after her alleged abduction following the killing of Ramgen last Friday.
He said Bong asked the police’s permission to take Ramona to the hospital for a check-up after the traumatic event.
“Pagkatapos naming makunan ang statement, hiningi niya sa aming imbestigador na kung pu-pwede ay dalhin niya ang kapatid niya sa ospital para mapatignan naman,” Sapitulan said in an interview on dzMM.
He said they granted Bong’s request because at that time, Ramona was not yet considered a suspect in the killing of the eldest child of Ramon Revilla Sr. and Genelyn Magsaysay.
He added they also informed the Parañaque police that the senator took custody of Ramona.
Task Force Ramgen head Chief Inspector Enrique Sy said Paranaque police were informed by the senator’s executive assistance, a certain Mr. Olivar, that the senator took custody of Ramona.
Sy said he later asked Bong to turn Ramona and brother Ramon Joseph over to the authorities for questioning, but were not able to get any response.
Until now, investigators have yet to talk to Ramona, Sy added.
In earlier interviews, however, Parañaque police chief Sr. Supt. Billy Beltran said Ramona was at large.
Ramgen 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 shot in the face but is now recovering at the Asian Hospital in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Ramona was tagged as one of the suspects in the killing after the Parañaque police concluded that she might have concocted her statement that she was abducted and dropped off near Star Mall in Las Pinas in an attempt to clear her name.
Sapitulan said Ramona sought help from the mall’s security guard. Ramona was then turned over to the Las Piñas police by a certain Inspector Lara.
Police have alleged that the Revilla siblings had been fighting over the monthly allowance from their father allegedly reaching P1 million.
Revilla family spokesperson, Portia Ilagan, however, said she was not aware of any sibling rivalry among the children of former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr.
Two other suspects, alleged serial killers Michael Cruz Altia and Roy Francis Tolisora, were earlier arrested, and murder charges have been filed against them.
Other suspects Glaiza Vista, Norwyn Dela Cruz, and a certain Bryan remain at large. Police, however, said they already know their whereabouts.
Police authorities have filed charges against the two Revilla siblings based on the claims of a witness Rowell Puzon.