NPA in Bicol says sorry for death of FEU athlete in Masbate City blast | Inquirer News

NPA in Bicol says sorry for death of FEU athlete in Masbate City blast

By: - Correspondent / @msarguellesINQ
/ 09:03 PM June 08, 2021
Keith Absalon NPA apology

The New People’s Army (NPA) Romulo Jallores and Jose Rapsing Commands say sorry for the death of Far Eastern University football player Kieth Absalon. PHOTO FROM NATHALIE ABSALON’S FACEBOOK PAGE

LEGAZPI CITY—The New People’s Army (NPA) Romulo Jallores and Jose Rapsing Commands issued on Tuesday a joint statement taking full responsibility for their members’ mistake when they detonated a land mine that killed Far Eastern University football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin Nolven Absalon on Sunday.

“The NPA takes full responsibility for the errors it committed when it mounted an offensive against government forces that led to the death of Kieth and his cousin Nolven,” Raymundo Buenfuerza, spokesperson of the NPA Romulo Jallores Command (RJC) operating in Bicol, said in a statement posted on their website.

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Buenfuerza said the offensive was never intended to hurt or harm civilians.

“We ask for forgiveness to the family and the public,” he added.

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“Buong pagpapakumbabang ipinapaabot ng RJC ang pakikidalamhati sa kapamilya’t komunidad na kinabibilangan ng magpinsang Keith Absalon at Nolven Absalon. Ang hindi sinasadyang pinsala sa buhay at kaligtasan ng sibilyan ay hindi kailanman wasto,” he said in the statement.

(The RJC humbly expresses deep remorse and condolence to the family and community of Keith Absalon and Nolven Absalon over their untimely and unnecessary deaths.)

Kieth and Nolven were killed when a land mine was detonated along the road in Barangay (village) Anas in Masbate City while biking with family members on Sunday.

The RJC and Jose Rapsing Command assured that the Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB) in Bicol would investigate the mistake it has committed and “from this mistake, it would strictly instill disciplinary action among the revolutionary command.”

Buenfuerza, however, did not give details on the type of disciplinary action that would be done or how the investigation will be conducted.

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