|Glaiza Vista and live-in partner Norwin dela Cruz. File Photo
MANILA, Philippines - The star witness in the Ramgen Bautista murder case on Wednesday gave more details on how the crime was planned.
These include an extensive surveillance on the son of former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr., as well as a failed first attempt on Ramgen's life.
ABS-CBN News secured a photo of Norwin dela Cruz, one of the 7 suspects in Ramgen's murder.
Dela Cruz is said to be the live-in partner of Glaiza Vista, another suspect.
Based on the statement of star witness Ruel Puzon, Dela Cruz was part of the group that failed to kill Ram on the first try last October 12.
In his sworn statement, Puzon said, "...madaling araw noong 12 ng October 2011 sila po ay nagpunta sa bahay ni Ramgen sa BF Parañaque at doon nga po ay papatayin nila si Ramgen. Pero sabi po ni Michael ng kumnatok sila ni Kiko sa kwarto ni Ramgen sa 2nd floor ay bigla silang nakarinig ng kasa ng baril kaya tumakbo sila pababa at sumakay sila ng sasakyan sa tapat ng bahay nila Ramgen at pumunta na nga po sila sa bahay ko."
Puzon said the suspects were already at Ram's bedroom door, but they were forced to leave when they heard the sound of a gun being cocked.
The suspects -- Dela Cruz, Vista, a certain alias Bryan, and Michael Altea -- then allegedly went to Puzon's house in San Dionisio, Parañaque. "Noong 12 ng Oktubre, 2012 habang ako ay natutulog sa aming bahay sa Poultry Compound, Paranaque Sity, mga bandang 6:00 ng umaga, sinalubong ako ni Michael at doon nga kasama niya sila ni Glaiza, Norwin at isang nagngangalang Bryan."
Puzon said they went to Tramo and met with Roy Francis Tolisora alias Kiko, who handed a .45-caliber gun to Dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz then allegedly gave the gun to Altea.
Puzon added that Dela Cruz and Vista were the ones who sought Ramgen's whereabouts. "Sila ang nagmo-monitor kung saan nagpupunta si Ramgen na nakikita ko silang kasama ni Bryan," he said.
Meanwhile, an NBI ballistics examination confirmed that the bullet that hit Ram's chest was from a .45-caliber gun.
The bullet is teflon-coated, the kind used in practice shooting, and can be bought for P10.
The laboratory test also showed polyester fiber on the bullet.
Investigators said it's possible that the fiber is from the pillow used to muffle the sound of the gunshot. - ANC