October 28, 2011. Ramgen Jose Bautista, also known as Ram Revilla, and his girlfriend Janelle Manahan were attacked by two men inside Ramgen’s room in the Revilla residence at BF Homes, Parañaque City. Ramgen died after sustaining 16 stab wounds and a gun shot. Manahan was stabbed twice, and shot in the jaw. (Manahan survived, albeit in a critical condition; she underwent facial reconstruction surgery, and was confined until November 30).
Ramgen’s sister, Ma. Ramona Belen Bautista, was with the two in the room when the incident happened. After the two suspects left the area, Ramona claimed she fled the crime scene out of fear. She and her brother, Ramon Joseph “RJ” Bautista, were tagged as the masterminds of the murder. RJ Bautista was arrested in Bacoor, Cavite November 1.
October 30, 2011. Ricky Pempengco, the father of international pop star Charice, was stabbed with an ice pick minutes before midnight in a street near their residence in San Pedro, Laguna. The suspect and Pempengco (both were said to be drunk) had a minor altercation hours prior. This prompted Charice, who was at odds with his father, to cancel her overseas tour. [Read the reports: Bulletin | Inquirer]
November 2, 2011. Ram Revilla’s remains were buried at Angelus Memorial Garden in Imus, Cavite. His mother, Genelyn Magsaysay, and brother, Sen. Bong Revilla, Jr., disputed police findings that RJ and Ramona Bautista were behind the killing. Sibling rivalry was said to be the main motive in the murder, as stated in Janelle Manahan’s affidavit.
Also on the Covers:
- Jacinto and Erlinda Ligot resurfaced after days of manhunt by police. They were “missing” after they were slapped a P153-million tax evasion case. The couple claimed they were “just vacationing”; then, they posted a joint P150,000 bail before the Court of Tax Appeals for their temporary release.
- Angelina and Angelica Sabuco, conjoined twins who were separated via surgery November 1 in Palo Alto, California. [Read the reports: Bulletin | Inquirer | Star via AFP/Yahoo! News]
- Malacañang stated that it was under the administration of Pres. Joseph Estrada when a P31-million deal was struck between the government and the Alex Boncayao Brigade [Read Star‘s headline report]
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.