What would you do if you were in Genelyn Magsaysay's shoes?
The grieving mother caught between accepting her son, Ramgen Bautista (Ram Revilla)'s death while defending her other children Ramon Joseph (RJ) and Maria Ramona (Mara) Bautista who were charged with the killing their own brother expressed her dismay over her children's half-brother Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr.'s 'meddling' with the tragedy her family is facing right now.
The written statement, which Genelyn herself read during a press conference held on Sunday, November 6, expressed her extreme disappointment over the police investigation process. She also answered why her daughter Ramona suddenly left the country after retracting her “abduction” statement.
"Napakasakit po ang nangyari sa akin na namatayan po ako ng panganay na anak sa karumaldumal na paraan. Pagkatapos, pinararatangan ngayon ang aking ibang anak bilang mastermind sa karumaldumal na pagpatay,” she said.
“Hinihiling ko lang po sana, 'wag kayong makialam sa aking pamilya. Wala kayong karapatang magsalita for or in behalf of my children, because they are my children not yours. Kung gusto ninyong magsalita, pag-usapan ninyo ang sarili ninyong mga anak hindi ang aking mga anak,” Genelyn added.
Genelyn further assailed Bong for what she claimed as pre-judging the case against her children.
“Bakit ang laki ng hinanakit ng senador na ito sa aking mga anak upang paratangan ng isang kahindik-hindik na mga pangyayari sa pagpatay sa aking panganay na anak na si Ramgen? Pag-isipan po ninyong mabuti. Uulitin ko po. Senador na hukom pa,” she said.
Genelyn said Ramona had left the country out of “fear for her life.”
“Para po sa kaliwanagan ng lahat. My daughter left the country for fear of her life. It was a decision made by her and her alone as a mature married woman and I respect her decision. She did not leave without shedding light to what transpired on that fateful day of October 28 of which, she was an eye witness to the brutal killing of my son, of her brother Ramgen and therefore, my daughter Ramona has a direct personal knowledge about the incident. She is a state witness, not an alleged brutal killer."
Revillas' side of the story
On behalf of the Revillas, Senator Bong expressed that they will not stop until the truth behind his half-brother's death comes out.
"Matindi and idinulot na dalamhati ng pagkamatay ni Ramgen sa aming pamilya. Ito ay lalo pang pinalubha ng pagkadawit ngayon ng dalawa kong kapatid sa ama sa krimeng ito. Ngunit ipinapangako ko na ang sakit na dinaranas ng aming pamilya ay hindi magiging hadlang o sagabal sa agarang paglutas ng kasong ito at paghahanap natin lahat ng hustisya. Kaya kailanman ay walang dahilan para mag atubili ang PNP sa kanilang isinasagawang imbestigasyon. Kung ang pag iimbestiga sa kaso ng pagpatay kay Ramgen ay pagtatapos sa pagkamit ng katarungan kahit sino pang tamaan malugod itong tatanggapin ng aming pamilya," Senator Bong said at a press conference held on Saturday, November 5.
He also has a message to Genelyn Magsaysay.
"Sa ngayon nanawagan ako kay Genelyn bilang ina na pabalikin sa bansa sa lalong madaling panahon si Ramona at harapin ang imbestigasyon ng pulisya.We want the truth kahit sinong tamaan. Wala tayong magagawa doon. We want justice for Ramgen," he said.
Genelyn’s children well supported
Meanwhile, Portia Ilagan spokesperson of the Revillas reaffirmed in an interview over TV5's “Paparazzi” on Sunday, November 6, that the Revillas are just after the truth and nothing more.
She recalled an incident during Ramgen's wake where Genelyn allegedly confronted Senator Bong Revilla after he informed her that the Paranaque police will be taking Joseph in for questioning.
"It was very unfortunate because nung gabing 'yun na sinabi na ni Senator (kay Genelyn Magsaysay), the Paranaque police called the Senator at ininform niya na kukunin nila si Joseph Bautista for questioning. So nung nalaman ni Bong 'yun, 'yung bata andun pa sa wake ng kapatid niya so nakiusap si Bong only to the extent na kung pwede kasi nasa wake baka magulo sa wake, sabi nung mga manghuhuli hindi ho, iimbitahan lang. Nangyari na lumabas yung bata pumunta sa loob ng mansion. We don't know the reason why so paglabas ng mansion, that was the time they took him, they invited him," Portia said.
Portia added that Senator Bong asked Genelyn to get a lawyer for Joseph. "Dineretso niya (Genelyn) kay Sen. Bong na ang sabi niya, 'You're the senator why don't you get a good lawyer for your brother! So ang sagot naman namin we were giving her a lawyer ayaw naman niya dun sa lawyer na binibigay kasi daw ilalaglag lang daw so kumuha nga sila ng own lawyer nila."
The spokesperson also said Senator Bong will never use his office to maneuver the course of the law. "Hindi niya gagawin yun kasi una sa lahat, ang paniwala kasi ng mga Revilla, particularly Senator Bong, kung wala kang kasalanan, wala siyang dapat ikatakot. Secondly, hindi naman siya senador ng pamilya, senador siya ng bayan and Bong Revilla will be the last person to take into custody somebody na may dapat panagutan but uulit-ulitin po namin na ang stand ng mga Revilla is 'Let the law take its course, and if in his day in court Joseph or Ramona Bautista for that matter, are found innocent or guilty beyond reasonable doubt, dapat lang magdusa."
The same goes for a devastated Senator Ramon Revilla Sr., Ramgen, Joseph and Ramona's father. "Although physically impaired, yung' isip niya buong-buo, napakalakas ng loob niya. Unti-unti nilang pinaalam sa kanya yung pagkamatay ni Ramgen una, and then nahuli naman si Joseph, he would just count one to ten and then he said, 'well, let the law take its course,'" Portia said.
She added, "Sen. Bong Revilla and the whole family were as surprised as everyone (when Ramona left). Buong mundo, buong Pilipinas nasurprise na naman after nung nagbago siya ng kanyang statement the next thing she did was to abscond, umalis, and talagang nasorpresa lahat. So that you can come to a conclusion na yung pag-alis niya is a sign of guilt. Sign of guilt because bakit ka naman tatakbo. Nag recant ng statement and then followed by getting out of the country."
But did the Revillas really took for granted their half siblings like what Genelyn claims?
"I don't know how to qualify her statement. Kasi ano ba yung pinabayaan? I don't know because ang mga anak niya they go to the international schools, hindi naman nauutang yan hindi naman drop drop yan. And nakita naman po ng lahat kung anong klaseng bahay yung binigay sa kanila and it is in one of the plushiest subdivisions in Paranaque. At ang alam ko, her family, yung siyam na anak niya, na half brother and sisters nina Bong, eh mayroong monthly allowance yan. Siyam yun eh. All of them have cars," Portia said.
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