Front Pages 2011

Front Pages 2011: The Murders of Ram Revilla and Charice’s Dad

Front Pages 2011: The Murders of Ram Revilla and Charice's Dad

Aftermath of two murders. (Front pages of Bulletin, Inquirer and Star, November 3)

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.

Meanwhile, Charice returned to the country and attended his father’s wake in Muntinlupa City. She and her family had already made peace days after the incident. [Read Inquirer‘s related report]


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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.

Images of newspaper front pages featured in this post are retrieved from the Bulletin e-paper site at, the Inquirer e-paper site at, and the Philippine Star archives.


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