BAGUIO CITY (June 9, 2021) – The interior department called on the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New Peoples Army, to turn over those responsible in the death of FEU football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin in Masbate.
“Now that the CPP/NPA has accepted full responsibility for the senseless murder, it now becomes their duty to turn over the terrorists responsible for the deaths so that justice maybe served to their families and loved ones,” interior chief Eduardo Año said.
It not enough that they took responsibility and let bygones be bygones, Año said, reiterating that “the ends of justice require that those responsible must be held accountable for their crimes against the people under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines.”
Año insisted the public “can never trust the supposed internal probe to be conducted by the CPP/NPA because they do not adhere to established rules of procedure and that they have their own brand of revolutionary justice.”
He was referring to mass graves of former communist cadres who were summarily executed by the CPP/NPA in internal purges in the 80s and the 90s as well the murders of former NPA cadres who were summarily executed for leaving the terror group.
“They can turn over the suspects to the Commission on Human Rights or to their allies in the Makabayan Bloc who are serving in Congress if they prefer, so long as they face trial in a court of law,” Año said.
The CHR and the DILG will personally guarantee the safety of the suspects while undergoing trial, the interior chief promised, while challenging the Makabayan Bloc to demand the turn-over of the suspects “as it is their sworn duty as government officials and as members of the House of Representatives”.
“This is the least they can do for the families and loved ones of the victims who are crying out for justice.”
Artemio A. Dumlao