Still no closure for family of Maguindanao massacre's 58th victim

Aleta Nieva Nishimori, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2019 12:08 PM | Updated as of Dec 19 2019 08:07 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - For one family left broken by the Maguindanao massacre, there is still no closure even though the court handed down a guilty verdict for most of the principals accused in the case on Thursday. 

"Do you know how it feels to have no closure?" said Ma. Reynafe Castillo, daughter of Reynaldo Momay, the 58th victim in the November 23, 2009 massacre.

Castillo took to social media to explain what made their case unique from the other victims in what is considered as the worst election-related violence in Philippine history and the single deadliest attack on media worldwide. 

"My papang's body was never been found. After this, yes, we may or may not get the justice we want. May mahaba pang laban akong nakikita," Castillo said in an online interview with ABS-CBN News before the verdict was read on Thursday. 

Momay, photographer for the local paper Midland Review, was declared missing after 57 bodies, including those of 31 other journalists, were dug from mass graves. 

"You know, if only the perpetrators will show remorse, kahit papano mababawasan yung bigat," she said. 

Now based in Minnesota, USA, Castillo wrote on her Facebook page that the first 3 years was the fight to file a case against the perpetrators.

It took about 3 years before Momay's name was included in the list of those killed in the carnage.

She is thankful to CenterLaw lawyers for never giving up on them.

She added that to give up was never an option for her.