MANILA — A Parañaque court on Friday acquitted six tagged in the 2011 slay of actor Ram Revilla, whose real name was Ramgen Bautista, and the shooting of his then girlfriend Janelle Manahan.
In its ruling, Parañaque Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 274 Judge Betlee-Ian Barraquias said the prosecution failed to produce sufficient evidence to pin down the accused.
Among the suspects were Revilla's brother Ramon Joseph Bautista and his alleged cohorts Michael Jay Nartea, Roy Francis Tolisora, Glaiza Visda, Jan Norwin dela Cruz, and Bryan Pastera.
Revilla is a son of veteran actor Ramon Revilla Sr.
The court ordered the release of the suspects who have been detained throughout the duration of the trial.
In the same ruling, Barraquias also ordered the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest against Revilla's sister and another accused Ramona Bautista who remains at large.
Revilla and his then girlfriend were attacked in their home in BF Homes, Parañaque. Manahan survived a gunshot in the face.
Investigators cited a siblings' squabble over their monthly allowance as the motive for the crime.
— Report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News