Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

The justification provided by the Kabataan Party-list to the gruesome killing perpetrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on the Absalon cousins in Masbate translates into a “bigger tragedy.”

This was the answer of Associate Prosecutor Flosemer Chris I. Gonzales, the spokesperson for the Western Visayas Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF 6-ELCAC), on Thursday following the statement of the party-list blaming the government for the CPP-NPA’s use of arms in the killings of Far Eastern University football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin Nolven Absalon.

“To the spokesperson of the Kabataan Party-list, you cannot blame the government for the act of murder committed by the red fighters of the NPA to the Absalon cousins,” Gonzales said in Filipino.

Gonzales said the party-list has been very diligent in attempting to divert the issue and transfer the blame to the government to cushion the impact of the negative reaction of the public towards the CPP-NPA.

He challenged the group to stop giving “first-aid” to its image as the public is already aware of the real nature of the terrorist group.

“They are fake revolutionaries and they are terrorists who kill civilians,” he said in Filipino.

The official challenged the party-list to “get real” otherwise they only acted as the spokesperson backing up the CPP-NPA.

He added that they can simply condemn the atrocities but instead justified the violent incident.

Gonzales said the senseless killing of the Absalon cousins deserved no justification.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. SOVEREIGNPH

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