Court acquits suspects in Ramgen Revilla 2011 slay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 14)— A local court on Friday acquitted the suspects in the 2011 killing of actor Ramgen Revilla, whose real name was Ramgen Bautista, for lack of sufficient evidence.

The Parañaque City Regional Trial Court Branch 274 has ordered the release of Ramon Joseph Bautista, Ramgen’s brother, and six other suspects tagged in the murder as there was no physical or objective evidence that placed any of them in the crime scene.

“Moreover, not one of the physical or objective evidence gathered from the crime scene by the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) of the Philippine National Police is traceable to any of the accused in this case,” said the document, which was signed by Acting Presiding Judge Betlee-Ian Barraquias.

“Absent such an evidentiary basis, the Court cannot rule that there was conspiracy between accused Ramon Joseph and the unknown assailant or assailants. The Court cannot make suppositions based on subjective considerations, because proof of conspiracy requires a positive, clear, convincing and substantial evidence,” it added.

Ramgen Revilla, son of former Senator and veteran actor Ramon Revilla Sr., was shot and stabbed by unknown assailants inside his Parañaque home in October 2011.

Ramgen's girlfriend Janelle Manahan survived, but was seriously wounded following the incident.

Investigators earlier pointed at his brother, who is said to have conspired with other accused to plot the late actor’s murder.

Family members, including Revilla Sr., disputed the claims, saying Ramon Bautista remained innocent.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.