President Duterte has promised to bring justice to the deaths of cousins Kieth Absalon, a football player of Far Eastern University, and Nolven Absalon.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the President would investigate and hold accountable the people behind the murder of Absalon cousins.
The President allegedly heard the demand for justice from the football player’s family after the investigation revealed that the victims were even shot.
The President also extended his condolences to the Absalon family.
Roque asserted that the crime against the international community was committed against the cousin, so the Palace strongly condemns it.
Meanwhile, DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya challenged the Makabayan Bloc and the CPP-NPA to surrender those involved in killing football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin in Masbate.
“The DILG challenges the Makabayan Bloc and their allied organizations to pressure the CPP-NPA to turn over those responsible and to condemn the CPP-NPA for manufacturing, stockpiling, transporting, and using anti-personnel mines all over the country,” he said.
Malaya also slammed the progressive bloc for urging the family of Kieth Absalon to file a complaint before the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC).
Duterte vows justice for Kieth and Nolven Absalon
“The Joint Monitoring Committee was disbanded many years back. It no longer exists,” Malaya said.
“It’s unfortunate that the Makabayan Bloc is misleading the Absalon family who is demanding justice for the death of Keith and Nolven Absalon,” he added.
Malaya said the Makabayan Bloc is giving the Absalon family false hopes.
Meanwhile, the mother of Kieth Absalon insisted that she would not receive any help from the CPP-NPA.
“Hindi ko na kailangan ang tulong nila na galing sa kanila para lang ako babayaran? Hindi na po, ayaw ko na… Batas na lang ang humusga,” said Vilma Absalon.
According to BAYAN secretary-general Renato Reyes and Kabataan Party-list, the death of 2 civilians in Masbate is a clear violation of international humanitarian law. Hence, they demand the resumption of peace talks.
Kieth Absalon belonged to starting 11 of Far Eastern University for UAAP Season 82.