By Dhel Nazario
“I leave it all to Allah.”
Nenita Tiamzon, the mother of Genalyn Tiamzon-Mangudadatu, wife of Toto Mangudadatu, leaves the forgiveness of those convicted in the creator’s hands, saying that it is no longer with her.
“Ang pagpapatawad kay Allah, wala sa akin (Forgiveness is with Allah, not me,)” she said.
A teary-eyed Tiamzon said that there is no day that goes by that she does not remember her daughter. She was partly appeased by the decision, she said, for she can never see her daughter again.
“Di ko talaga makalimutan, di maalis sa isip ko. Pagpikit ng mata ko nakikita ko. Araw-araw, gabi-gabi, kung ano ano na lang ginagawa ko para makatulog (I cannot really forget [her], I cannot take [her] off my mind. Whenever I close my eyes I see her. Every night and day, I do various things just so I can sleep), she said.
Despite this she felt that a huge load has been taken off her chest. She said that she never felt any doubt that the primary accused would be convicted.
Tiamzon recalled that at that very day, she was having a phone conversation with her daughter who was scheduled to open a resort when she suddenly heard gunshots. Upon arrival at the area of the incident, she already assumed the and refused to hear the news of what happened.
She said that she diverted her attention to other things in order to be strong and take care of her granchildren. During that time, she had just recovered from stroke.
After the decision, Tiamzon said she will just continue on with her life despite the outcome.
Unlike Toto Mangudadatu who wishes to death penalty upon the Ampatuans, Tiamzon said that she is content with the punishment that will be imposed on those convicted.
“Okay na yun. At least natapos na, wala nang mabibiktima muli (It’s okay with me, at least it is already done and they will no longer victimize anyone once more,) she said.
Nenita was one of those who applauded while shedding tears upon hearing the court’s decision at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City together with other victims’ relatives.
Former governor Zaldy Ampatuan, former Shariff Aguak Mayor Datu Anwar Ampatuan Sr., and former Datu Unsay Mayor Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., were convicted on Thursday with 57 counts of murder in the Maguindanao massacre case.