By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The legal counsel of those tagged in the Ruby Rose Barrameda slay case asked the court to deny the Barrameda family’s urgent motion for reconsideration of the dismissal of the case due to lack of merit.
The opposition was filed during a hearing at the Malabon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 170 Wednesday morning, which was attended by Barrameda’s kin as well as the legal counsel of Manuel Jimenez Jr., Manuel Jimenez III, Ruby Rose’s father-in-law and estranged husband, and two other accused.
“Despite all the opportunities and years that have gone, the prosecution failed to rest its case on solid ground,” the opposition read.
“At the outset, it must be emphasized that this Court acted within its authority in dismissing the case of parricide against herein accused and said dismissal is not only proper but in line with the surrounding facts and circumstances of the case as supported by law and jurisprudence,” it added.
The accused claimed that the Barramedas tried to appeal to the public and the President’s emotions through media interviews so that there would be a “trial-by-publicity” and the Court will eventually rule in their favor.
“It is undeniable as to why the prosecution continuously resorts to this kind of tactic—to influence the people and ultimately exert pressure to this Court to rule and decide in their favor based simply on appeal to emotion while disregarding true facts and circumstances and lack of evidence,” the opposition read.
It can be remembered that Malabon RTC Branch 170 Acting Judge Hector Almeyda told former beauty queen and actress and Ruby Rose’s sister Rochelle Barrameda to refrain from giving media interviews in September 2009.
The Barramedas filed for an urgent motion for reconsideration with prayer for inhibition after the Malabon City Regional Trial Court Branch 170 dismissed the murder and parricide cases against the suspects.
Malabon RTC Branch 170 Acting Judge Edwin Larida, Jr. junked the cases against the Jimenezes’ due to a “lack of probable cause” to indict them of the crime.
In a motion dated September 30, the Barramedas requested the Court for Larida’s inhibition and accused him of being biased in favor of the Jimenezes which was why he dismissed the cases against them.
“We do believe, and with all due respect to Judge Larida, he overstepped the mandates of the judiciary. Four agencies of the government ruled that there exists probable cause to indict Manuel Jimenez III for parricide. Even the Supreme Court sustained the finding of the DOJ (Department of Justice). Now here comes Judge Larida reversing the process, all the findings of these four government agencies,” said Atty. Alvaro Lazaro, the Barramedas’ legal counsel.
“If the present judge right now will intelligently analyze all the issues we raised in our motion for reconsideration, I think we will be expecting a fair resolution this time,” he added.
Ruby Rose disappeared in March 2007 after she went to the Jimenezes’ residence to visit her children.
Two years later, Manuel Montero pointed the police to an area off Navotas City waters where Ruby Rose’s body was dumped. Her corpse was stuffed inside a steel drum that was put inside a steel casing filled with cement. He pointed to the Jimenezes as the ones who were behind the grisly crime.
But in an order dated July 10, Larida ruled that there was a “dearth of evidence on record” after Montero, the sole witness, recanted his statements and went missing in 2013