Jimenez family slams "trial by publicity" on Ruby Rose murder case

September 17, 2009 11:30 am 

MANILA, Sept. 17 – The camp of fishing magnate Lope Jimenez, the owner of BSJ Fishing and Trading, slammed on Thursday the alleged "trial by publicity" in the investigation into the death of Ruby Rose Jimenez-Barrameda.

Ruby Rose was the sister of beauty queen and actress Rochelle Barrameda. She reportedly went missing in March 2007.

The cadaver of Ruby Rose, which was discovered on June 10, 2009, was found stuffed in a cemented drum in a metal container buried off the waters of Manila Bay.

The Jimenez family claimed that their only witness was not heard and that only the testimony of one of the accused Manuel Montero was heard by the panel of prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Jimenez was one of those charged with murder by the DOJ before the Malabon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) in connection with the death of Ruby Rose.

An arrest warrant was issued against Jimenez, but has yet to surrender as of this time.

Also charged were Atty. Manuel Jimenez, Jr., the brother of Lope, and father-in-law of the victim, and six others.

According to lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel of Lope, they did not obtain a fair investigation before the DOJ.

Topacio hoped that with the petition for review they filed with the DOJ, the earlier resolution to have the respondents charged in court would be reversed and set aside.

"There is a deliberate effort to railroad the conviction," Topacio said in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Topacio said that the testimony of Montero pertaining to his admission that he killed Ruby Rose was not corroborated.

Montero pointed to the Jimenez family as the alleged mastermind in the case.

However, Topacio said, such testimony of Montero was heard and took into account by the DOJ while the defense witness Eddie Abiong, the driver of Lope, was set aside and was not heard as well as the sensitive revelation of the defense witness.

Topacio pointed to the affidavit of Abiong which was submitted to the DOJ last July 13, 2009 which was not considered.

Abiong's affidavit stated that Ruby Rose have had an illicit affair with Montero, which Montero himself allegedly admitted to Abiong.

He also said that Ruby Rose was the one who sold drugs to Montero and that the possible motive for the killing of Ruby Rose was related to drugs. p>Topacio said that Lope had no motive to have Ruby Rose killed as what was being claimed by Montero.

On the other hand, Topacio said that Montero's motive was clear such that Montero, the self-confessed killer of Ruby Rose, and the victim had an affair. (PNA)

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