One of the suspects in the Ruby Rose Barrameda case has been in the hospital for four years.
Barrameda’s sister, actress Rochelle Barrameda, told Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima about Rose’s father-in-law Manuel Jimenez Jr. being in the hospital for four years.
He’s been confined at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City since September 2009 based on a court order, reported the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
There has been no development in the murder case because representatives of Jimenez have been stalling, according to Rochelle.
De Lima promised that she would get the Supreme Court’s help in getting a government doctor to assess Jimenez.
We will file a formal request with the Supreme Court … to direct a government doctor to check the real health condition [of Jimenez] because [the Barramedas think] that his continued confinement at the Heart Center is not justified,” the justice secretary told reporters after meeting with Rochelle.
Jimenez should be in a detention facility, she added.
The suspect has likely been leaving the hospital sometimes, she said.
Rose went missing in 2007 and her body was found in 2009. She was battling her husband, Manuel Jimenez III, for custody of their two daughters, when she went missing.