OFWs in Turkey worry over Ramona controversy


Posted at Nov 10 2011 11:11 PM | Updated as of Nov 11 2011 06:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Turkey are worried that the controversy surrounding Ramona Bautista, one of the suspects in the murder of her brother Ramgen Bautista (also known as Ram Revilla), may affect other Filipinos in the country.

“Makakaapekto ng malaki kasi once na nagkaroon ng ganyang aberya, may mga checking diyan, kahit saan makita ang mga kababayan natin, che-check-in sila, so delikado,” said businesswoman Connie Cruz, who lives in Turkey.

One Filipina said her Turkish employer even read the story about the crime involving Ramona.

“Patuloy niyang binabasa ‘yung newspaper atsaka nagtatawanan sila ng anak niya,” said Norma, a domestic helper.

“Madadamay tayong lahat dito dahil siya ay tumakas sa atin,” said Zenaida dela Cruz, another domestic helper.

Ramona’s flight from Manila last November 4 made it to the news in Turkey.

In an interview with a local newspaper, Ramona's husband of 3 years said no one could touch them, and that everything was made up of mere allegations.

“Nothing will come out of this incident. Everything is merely made up of allegations. No one can touch us,” said Engin Tuna Bülbülo?lu, the Turkish husband of Ramona, according to The Daily Vatan.

Ramona is believed to be living in Pinartepe Mahallesi, Buyukcekmece in Istanbul, the address she had given to the Bureau of Immigration before leaving the Philippines.

The Parañaque prosecutor's office gave Ramona 8 days to return to the Philippines to submit a sworn statement.

If she fails to show up by November 18, the prosecutor will decide if there is probable cause to charge her for murder and frustrated murder even without getting her side of the story.

There is no extradition treaty between the Philippines and Turkey. -- Report from Ver Cuizon and Weng Timoteo, ABS-CBN News Istanbul, Turkey