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The Evil That Men Do: The Murder Of Ruby Rose Barrameda

June 17, 2009


My stomach had turned after I first read the new reports about how Ruby Rose Barrameda, a mother of two, was murdered with her body placed in a drum, encased in a steel cabinet filled with concrete, and then dumped into the murky waters of the Navotas Fish Port.

But yesterday, alone in my study, I cursed in anger as I hear the Metro Manila police chief Roberto Rosales and a forensic pathologist described the condition in which Ruby Rose’s body was found.

Workmen took a while to break the steel cabinet open, chisel out the steel drum and then finally get at the mortal remains of Ruby Rose.

A plastic bag had been placed over her head and both her hands and feet were in shackles.

The eyewitness who confessed his participation in the crime reportedly said the victim was still moving when they put her in the steel drum and even forced a bottle in her mouth to mute her screams!

What demons could have ordered such a ‘job’ with each member of the 5-man ‘murder squad’ paid 50,000 pesos each.

And to top off the narrative, the medico-legal expect said it is now a “fairly common thing for police to discover murder victims brutally murdered in this way.”
It was then that my anger was replaced by a feeling of tearful numbness.


Police have filed murder charges against the two suspected mastermind and the five hired killers.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Iris Dela Cruz-Crystal permalink
    June 17, 2009 12:51 pm

    I hope this case will be solved.

    Losing a sister is painful.(to Rochelle, Ruby’s sister)

    Losing a daughter is traumatic. (to Ruby’s parents)

    Losing a mother is like losing half of your life. (to Ruby’s daughters)

  2. chester2278 permalink
    June 17, 2009 2:35 pm


    Atty Manuel Jimenez, Jr. and his son Manuel III are liars. They are cowards, planted evil in their hearts. Well their evil minds must put them into deadly quicksands!

    Please visit my blog on about my thoughts on Ruby Rose.

  3. menghot888 permalink
    June 18, 2009 6:22 pm

    I wonder if this heinous crime will be one of those that will eventually be forgotten and the perpetrators unpunished, would it? This horrible deed should be seen by every filipino as a fight against the powerful and moneyed people for equality in justice. We are all children of the universe no less than the trees and the stars and we all have the right to be here(Ehrmann). The criminals should rot in jail! Especially those who were behind the killing.

    • June 18, 2009 7:37 pm

      That could happen given the bad state of our judicial systrem but we should be vigilant so that justice will be done.

  4. jcc34 permalink
    July 3, 2009 11:16 pm

    civilization is a history or murders, greed and betrayal.

    In my book Iwrote:

    “Civilization is a history of bloodletting, betrayal, perfidy and treachery. It is a rich tapestry of incivilities committed against the innocents. Throughout history, societies were enamored to rituals of betrayal perpetrated in the name of liberty and security. The
    institutions of powers were normally occupied by filthy tyrants and duplicitous despots who loved to sacrifice the blood of others because they considered the blood of the innocent and the powerless cheaper than theirs”.

    In his book, Gibbon wrote:

    “History, is little more than a “register of crimes,sorrows and misfortunes.” It is, equally often, a study in black ironies or the fatal mechanisms of tragedy. Sometimes history is even a cautionary tale, an Aesopian fable on the folly of blindness or greed or lust. But history is rarely a fairy tale, a narrative that instructs as well as inspires. Still less often is it a morality play, in which the forces of corruption and redemption, of extravagance and modesty collide in perfect symmetry”.


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