Hearing Update (10-18-13): Motion for Reconsideration // Motion to allow RJ to attend Death Anniversary

What - When - Where - Details
Hearing for the Motion for Reconsideration in connection with the denial of bail of the accused. // Oral motion to allow RJ Bautista to attend the 2nd death anniversary of Ramgen.
Oct. 18, 2013
Parañaque City Hall, Regional Trial Court Branch 274.
The hearing just sums up the motion for reconsideration as the court gives 15 days for the prosecution to comment about the Motion for Reconsideration filed by the accused and another 15 days for the defense to reply.

Also, RJ Bautista's lawyer made an oral motion to ask the permission of the court to grant him to attend the 2nd Death Anniversary of his brother,  Ramgen. The Court GRANTED this motion with no objections from the state prosecutor. RJ Bautista is hereby granted to leave jail premises on Oct. 28, 2013, Monday from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

The order dated Oct. 18, 2013:

...In today's hearing on these incidents: (1) Motion for Reconsideration filed by accused Ramon Joseph Bautista; and (2) Motion for Reconsideration for accused Glaiza Visda, through their counsels, re the Order of this Court dated September 4, 2013, all the concerned accused appeared, except accused Ramon Joseph Bautista and Ryan Pastera, Attys. AJ L. Gepte and Clarrissa Castro also appeared. The court notes the manifestation of Atty. AJ L. Gepte, counsel for accused Ramon Joseph Bautista that the non appearance of the accused despite due notice can be dispensed with so that the proceedings can continue.

At this juncture, the Hon. Prosecutor asked for time within which to file their comment on the said motions. The People then are given fifteen (15) days from today within which to file comment to both motions furnishing copy to the accused Ramon Joseph Bautista and Glaiza Visda through counsels who upon receipt shall be given likewise fifteen (15) days within which to file their reply. Thereafter these incidents shall be deemed submitted for resolution.

Meantime, the scheduled settings re the main case is held in abeyance pending the resolution of these incidents and until further notice.

Also, at this juncture, the defense counsel for accused Ramon Joseph Bautista moved in open Court that an Order similar to the on issued last year to accused Ramon Joseph Bautista be again issued granting the said accused the same furlough or time within which to visit the dead, particularly the victim in this case, on October 28, 2013 starting at 10:00 o'clock in the morning until 8:00 o'clock in the evening. With conformity of the prosecution, the motion is granted and Senior Insp. Bernardino Edgar T. Camos, Jail Warden, Special Intensive Care Area (SICA), Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City, is hereby allowed to let accused Ramon Joseph Bautista to visit the deceased victim in this case at the cemetery on October 28, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 o'clock in the morning and 8:00 o'clock in the evening with proper escorts to be provided in connection therewith.


Presiding Judge

Genelyn says ‘hallelujah’ as judge asks witness: Are you lying?

Genelyn says ‘hallelujah’ as judge asks witness: Are you lying?

By Nathaniel R. Melican
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:05 pm | Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

At the end of Tuesday’s hearing on the Ramgen Bautista murder case, it was presiding Judge Fortunito Madrona of the Parañaque City Regional Trial Court Branch 274 who asked the question that surprised everyone inside the courtroom.

After looking over his case notes, Madrona looked at Ruel Puzon, the star witness who claimed he was present when the suspects hatched the plot to kill the victim and asked him, “Are you just making up everything you’re saying?

The question was greeted with muffled laughter and whispers while Genelyn Magsaysay, mother of Ramgen and two of the suspects—Maria Ramona (Mara) and Ramon Joseph (RJ)—exclaimed: “Hallelujah!”

Puzon, who had just been cross examined, faced Madrona and said: “No, sir. They were the ones who told me about the plan and I was with them when they came up with it.”

He said that he was referring particularly to the other accused whom he identified as Ryan Pastera, Michael Nartea, Norwin dela Cruz, and Glaiza Visda.

After the hearing, Magsaysay, who maintained that her children Mara and RJ were innocent of the murder and frustrated murder charges filed against them, was jubilant over the question posed by the judge.

“That meant that we have successfully placed doubt in the mind of the judge. It was the one which really struck me the most,” she told reporters.

Before posing the question to Puzon, the judge had asked him about the role he was supposed to play in Bautista’s killing.

“I was supposed to be the driver of a motorcycle … A rider, who we decided would be Michael [Nartea], would be the one to shoot Ramgen,” Puzon told the judge.

Next, the judge asked him if the group ever tried to get in touch with him after he stopped going to their meetings.

“I was no longer contacted by the group after … the Oct. 19 meeting,” Puzon said. The judge, however, seemed to find it hard to believe. “You were not called? There were no more calls?” he asked. Puzon again replied in the negative.

Earlier, Melinda Salcedo, Pastera’s lawyer, cross-examined Puzon and pointed to purported discrepancies among his three sworn statements and his testimony earlier this month. source