The cry of the mother of Kieth Absalon, the football player who was killed in the explosion in Masbate City on Sunday, an incident already admitted by the New People’s Army, is still for justice.
“The entire CPP and NPA take full responsibility for the tragedy. There is no justification for the aggravation this has caused the Absalon family,” said the NPA and Communist Party of the Philippines on Tuesday.
The group said they regret the incident, especially since civilians were affected, including Kieth Absalon’s cousin, who was also killed.
“We fervently hope that the Absalon family, their relatives and friends, and the entire Filipino people can accept our profoundest apologies, self-criticism, and willingness to extend any appropriate form of indemnification,” he said.
Kieth’s mother admitted that she was a little relieved by the NPA’s claim, but they still cried for justice.
The death certificate showed that the immediate cause of death was hemorrhagic shock or excessive bleeding due to bullet wounds and explosions.
Kieth Absalon’s family will not accept CPP-NPA’s aid
The mother 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.
However, the Department of Interior and Local Government said that the opportunity should not be used to a resumption of peace talks but that the CPP-NPA should surrender those behind it.
On Sunday, the victims are scheduled to be buried.
Kieth Absalon belonged to starting 11 of Far Eastern University for UAAP Season 82.
He Absalon was part of the Philippine U-19 team that competed in the 2018 AFF Championship in Indonesia. He received the Super Kid Award of the Philippines Olympic Committee in 2017.