MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The mother of Maria Ramona Bautista submitted a photocopy of her daughter’s counter-affidavit at the Parañaque City Prosecutor’s Office on Friday, in relation to murder and frustrated murder allegations against her daughter.
Genelyn Magsaysay was accompanied by 4 children—Ragene, Ramlyn, Reuben, and Rafael—in submitting Ramona’s statement to Assistant Prosecutor Leah Roma.
Roma accepted Ramona’s sworn statement, signed at the Philippine consular office in Turkey, with the condition that the original copy with authenticated certification be submitted by next week.
Ramona, along with 6 other suspects, have been charged for the murder of her brother Ramgen Bautista and the frustrated murder of Ramgen’s girlfriend Janelle Manahan last October 28.
Ramona fled the Philippines for Turkey on November 4.
Ramgen is Magsaysay's son to former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr.
'No plans to return to Philippines'
Magsaysay told reporters on Friday that her daughter is not in hiding but has no immediate plans of returning to the Philippines.
“In time siguro [uuwi rin si Ramona]. Hindi pa ngayon. Natatakot kami na bigla nalang ikulong ang anak ko,” she said.
She also maintained that her daughter is innocent of the charges against her.
“Hindi kapani-paniwala na ang mga anak ko pa ang magiging mga mamamatay tao. Hindi po kaya ng mga anak ko gumawa ng pagpatay,” said Magsaysay.
“Sobra-sobra na po itong nangyayari sa amin. Wala na kaming pahinga. Kaawaan niyo po kami ng aming mga anak," she added.
In an email sent by Ramona to her sister Ramlyn, she claimed that “evil men” are trying to destroy their family “through fabricated testimonies from self-confessed criminal elements.”
Manahan’s legal counsel, meanwhile, believes that Ramona should return to the Philippines to face the charges.
“We are preparing a petition to be filed for the Department of Foreign Affairs, seeking to cancel [Ramona’s] passport,” said Atty. Luke Espiritu Jr.
Ramona and her brother Ramon Joseph were earlier tagged by witnesses as masterminds in the murder of their brother.
Ramon Joseph is currently detained at the Parañaque City Jail and will be arraigned on January 17, 2012.
Another suspect, identified as 19-year-old Ryan Pastera alias “Bryan,” was also scheduled for a preliminary investigation but failed to appear.
Parañaque police said once an arrest warrant against Pastera has been issued and he still does not surrender, they will recommend that he is placed on the city’s top 10 most wanted list.
According to suspects Glaiza Visda and Norwin dela Cruz, Pastera told them that Ramgen’s other sister Ragelyn Gail or “Gail” also had a hand in plotting the murder.
Pastera allegedly told Visda that Gail financed the crime and hired a former soldier to kill Ramgen.
Gail has admitted that she knows Pastera but denied allegations that she is involved in the crime.
Police said they have received information that Pastera is planning to surrender to authorities.
The preliminary investigation on the case is scheduled on December 2. -- Reports from Arnell Ozaeta, radio dzMM; Dominic Almelor, ABS-CBN News