MANILA, Philippines – The mother of the slain University of Santo Tomas alumna is not yet willing to forgive the killers of her daughter.
Milagros Magalang, mother of UST graduate Cyrish Magalang, said there is nothing that suspects Rolin and Roel Gacita can do to take away her pain.
"Nakakagalit po talaga. Hindi po kabayaran ang paghingi ng tawad nila. Hindi ko matatanggap ang paghingi nila ng tawad," Milagros told dzMM.
"Kahit sino hindi papayag na hihingi lang ng tawad. Kumuha sila ng buhay, pinahirapan pa nila ang anak ko," she added.
Nevertheless, Milagros said she is thankful that she was able to obtain justice for her daughter, who was stabbed 49 times and then smashed in the head.
Earlier today, police arrested the brothers in Bacoor town, three days after the murder was committed.
"Ang sabi sa akin ng mga tumulong sa anak ko, maraming heinous crime na hanggang ngayon hindi na-solve. Yung sa anak ko ilang araw lang na-solve daw agad. Kahit masakit po talaga, masaya pa rin ako at nabigyan ng hustisya ang anak ko," Milagros said.
"Hindi po natutulog ang diyos. Hindi niya pinabayaan ang anak ko. Kasi alam niyang napakabait ng anak ko. Sa sobrang dami ng tumutulong talaga, na hindi pinabayaan ang anak ko. Iyun po lang talaga ang hiling namin na buong pamilya na nabigyan siya ng katarungan."
Milagros shared that her last conversation with Cyrish was when the latter asked for a cellphone load.
"Pina-loadan ko po siya. Tapos mula noon, wala na siyang text," she said.
Suspect admits crime
Cyrish went missing on Tuesday evening. Her body was found the following day in Barangay Gawaran.
The older of the Gacita brothers, Rolin, admitted to killing Cyrish during a live radio dzMM interview.
Rolin said he only did it because he was under the influence of illegal drugs, noting he has no other criminal record.
He said he used a screwdriver in stabbing Cyrish and a hollow block in smashing her head.
"Naano po yung pag-iisip ko, tulirong-tuliro, dahil sa nag-away kami ng asawa ko at naka-inom ako, kaya naka-gawa ako ng 'di maganda," he said.
"Wala ho ako sa sarili ko, tulirong-tuliro ang isipan ko. Dahil nga sa, 'yun nga, 'yung droga. Kaya 'di ko na alam ang nagawa ko," he added.
He also insisted that his brother never had a hand in the crime. He also denied that he raped Magalang.
Cyrish, 20, graduated in 2012 from UST's College of Tourism and Hotel Management as Cum Laude.
Rolin, on the other hand, has three children who earn a living by being a tricycle driver and a vegetable vendor. - with a report from Eric Dastas, dzMM