Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar lashed out at the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, for claiming remorse over the deaths of cousins Kieth and Nolven Absalon.
PGen Eleazar challenged the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) to cease their attacks and atrocities, instead, to show that they truly regret the deaths of innocent people they were responsible for.
The PNP Chief issued the dare after the CTGs took full responsibility for the Masbate City IED explosion that killed the Absalon cousins and also wounded Nolven’s 16-year old son.
According to PGen Eleazar, if the CTGs were sincere in their apology, they should surrender the perpetrators of the unfortunate incident.
“Hustisya ang hinihiling ng pamilya ng mga biktima at hindi lang public apology. Kung talagang seryoso ang CPP-NPA sa kanilang panlulumo, isuko nila sa amin ang mga nagplano’t gumawa ng pag-atake na ito,” PGen Eleazar said.
“These senseless attacks must end. Sa mga NPA, wakasan ninyo na ang paghahasik ng karahasan na pawang mga inosenteng sibilyan lang ang higit na apektado. Sobrang daming inosenteng buhay na ang nasayang at nawala dahil sa inyong walang saysay na armadong pakikipaglaban,” he added.
The PNP Chief pointed out that the bereaved family of the victims are crying for justice which can only be attained if the perpetrators are behind bars and facing the consequences of their criminal actions.
“Kagaya ng ginagawa natin sa PNP, ang ating paghingi ng paumanhin sa pagkakasala ng sinumang kasamahan namin sa taumbayan ay may kasamang aksyon upang sila ay maparusahan nang naayon sa ating mga batas,” said PGen Eleazar.
State forces are conducting pursuit operations for the arrest of the communist rebels behind the incident. Three CTG members in Bicol were killed in an encounter during the pursuit operation in Masbate.
PGen Eleazar also tasked all police units to be on alert for possible attacks from the CTGs, citing the possibility that the CPP leadership has ordered the intensified attacks against the PNP.
“This is a way of the CPP-NPA of showing they are still a force to reckon with but it just shows that their numbers are steadily decreasing and that they are losing strength,” the PNP Chief explained.
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