Families of desaparecidos to government: Dig deeper to find missing journalist of Ampatuan Massacre and bring closure to his family

Families of the Disappeared for Justice (Desaparecidos) appeals to the government today to dig deeper at the grave site of the Ampatuan Massacre to find missing Reynaldo Momay.
As the whole nation commemorates today the 2nd year of the Ampatuan Massacre, Desaparecidos extends their support and sympathy to the relatives of the only missing victim Reynaldo Momay. “We share the pain of her daughter Reynafe Momay-Castillo of not finding the body a loved one,” Lorena P. Santos, deputy secretary general of Desaparecidos says. “Like her, we can’t give our missing loved ones a proper burial nor we can have any closure,” Santos says. Similar to Reynafe,  Santos’ father Leo Velasco is also a desaparecido. Velasco, an NDF consultant to the peace process, was abducted in 2007 at Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.
“Two years is already too long to find Momay. With his dentures and identification card found at the grave site, we know that his remains are there and that the government should not stop digging until his body is found,” Santos says.
“In the same line, the government should not stop ‘DIGGING’ for the truth and immediately convict the Ampatuans for this heinous crime,” Santos says.
Desaparecidos believe that former President Gloria Arroyo should be immediately convicted for the said massacre. “Her hands are stained with blood of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre. She owes part of her presidency from the Ampatuans, ” the group says. “By silencing her critics and perceived enemies, Arroyo has gained from the numerous cases of enforced disappearances in the country,” Santos explains. Under the Arroyo regime, there are 206 cases of enforced disappearances and thousands more of other forms of human rights violations. “Most families are not fortunate to get any clues or evidences as to where their missing loved ones are,” Santos says.
Desaparecidos joins journalists and other progressive organizations as they march to Mendiola Bridge in Manila to commemorate Ampatuan Massacre and call to stop impunity in the country.###



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