MANILA, Philippines – Ramon Joseph "RJ" Bautista, one of the suspects in the killing of his brother Ramgen Revilla a year ago, has already adjusted to a life behind bars, according to their mother Genelyn Magsaysay.
Genelyn said RJ has shown positive improvements as a person a year after his arrest for Ramgen's murder.
"Ang nakita kong kagandahan, unti-unti na siyang nakapag-adjust… Mainit po doon [sa kulungan]. Kapag dumadalaw ako yung pawis ko talagang tumutulo," Magsaysay told dzMM.
"Kahit papano yung bata, katulad ng nangyari na nakalabas siya ng death anniversary [ni Ramgen], pinaliwanag ko po na nagkaroon siya ng patience," she added, referring to the court's approval of RJ's furlough to visit Ramgen's grave.
Genelyn said she constantly worries about the effects of imprisonment to RJ's psychological health. She said she prays for her son and visits him as often as possible.
"Every now and then na binibisita ko siya, it's either magbibigay ako ng spiritual books o magpe-pray kaming magkakasama," she said.
Ramgen Revilla was killed by a masked attacker inside the Bautista home in BF Homes, Parañaque last October 29, 2011. His girfriend, Janelle Manahan, was shot in the face by the attacker but survived the incident.
RJ was arrested for the crime and has been in prison for about a year. His sister, Ramona, left the country 6 days after the murder after she was also suspected in the crime.
Genelyn still maintains that her children are innocent of the crime. She admitted that there had been a rift among her children, but denied that it would eventually lead to the killing.
Genelyn reveals depression
Genelyn also admitted that her other children want to receive counseling after the tragedy that befell their family.
"Sila mismo ang nagsasabi [kailangan nila ng counseling], kasi nakikita nila na lalo na dati, sa internet na may nababasa sila na against sa kanila, na guilty na agad kami. So kawawa po talaga ang mga anak ko," she said.
Genelyn also said she has learned to become strong, finally recovering from the depression she had been suffering even during before the October 29, 2011 murder.
"Actually, pinagaling ako ng Panginoon sa depression. Kasi nang panahon na iyon, matindi po ang depression ko, pero nung namatay si Ramgen, [sabi ko] 'hindi ako pwedeng magkaroon ng depression.' Kung pwede resign na ako sa depression. I have to face my life. Kailangan lahat ng laban ng anak ko nandyan ako para sa kanila," she said.