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MANILA - Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu has asked a Quezon City court to award him P202 million in damages for the murder of his wife Genalyn in what has been tagged as the Ampatuan massacre on Nov. 23, 2009.
The widower asked for P200 million in moral and exemplary damages, as well as around P2 million in actual damages for the funeral expenses.
He also cited expenses in prosecuting the case which include transportation and accommodation in Manila for the actual damages.
"My children and I went through so much because of what happened," he told Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Regional Trial Court Branch 221.
Mangudadatu took the witness stand as Genalyn's husband. His wife was among his many female kin killed in the massacre.
Mangudadatu said he last saw his wife alive on Nov. 18, 2009 and last talked to her on the day of the massacre when Genalyn called him for help.
The next time he saw her was in the funeral parlor.
Mangudadatu said he felt such grief he wanted to disappear as well.
A convoy of his supporters and media men were blocked on Nov. 23, 2009 while on the way to file his certificate of candidacy to challenge the leadership of the Ampatuans.