MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has included anew shipping magnate Lope Jimenez’s name in the Ruby Rose Barrameda murder case.
“It appears on the testimony of Manuel Montero that Lope Jimenez is most guilty,” she said.
Montero admitted to killing Barrameda, whose body was found inside a steel drum on June 10, 2009.
Montero alleged Barrameda’s in-laws were the masterminds behind the murder.
In a resolution dated August 2009, state prosecutors found probable cause to indict the shipping magnate and his brother, Manuel Jimenez, Jr. The latter is Barrameda’s father-in-law.
Devanadera later dropped the charges against the businessman. In his place however, Barrameda’s husband Manuel Lopez III was included as respondent.
“Remember that the Malabon Regional Trial Court has issued an order discharging [Montero] as a state witness. That is good for us because he knew all about the crime, so nakatuon talaga sa kanya,” de Lima said.
She also denied the motion for reconsideration of Barrameda’s husband that he be excluded from the list of respondents.