Manhunt launched vs NPA suspect in Masbate IED blast

Manhunt launched vs NPA suspect in Masbate IED blast

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Guillermo Eleazar ordered pursuit operations against members of the communist New People’s Army who allegedly perpetrated the Masbate City bombing that killed a football player of the Far Eastern University and his cousin and wounding of a minor.

“Again, lives were lost because of the hostile acts of this communist terrorist group. Iyong isa sa mga inosenteng sibilyan na naging biktima ng pagsabog, si Keith Absalon (FEU football player), malayo pa sana ang mararating kungdi dahil sa mga teroristang NPA,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Mariin naming kinokondena ang pambibiktima ng NPA sa mga inosenteng sibilyan at hindi kami titigil sa pagtugis sa mga teroristang ito,” he said, and added, “Nakikiramay po ang buong PNP sa mga pamilya ng mga nasawi sa insidente.”

Senator Richard Gordon has called on the police force to give justice for the senseless death of Keith and his cousin Nolven as he lamented the continued killings in the country. A minor was also injured in the incident.

Reports said the improvised explosive device (IED) exploded while the victims were cycling in Barangay Anas.

Meanwhile, PGen Eleazar tasked the local police to enhance visibility in the area to ensure the safety of residents.

“I am directing all police personnel, particularly in NPA-infested areas, to be on high alert and undertake target hardening measures for possible future attacks by these communist terrorists,” the PNP Chief said.

He assured, “I am directing the local police to coordinate with the military and launch manhunt operations against the suspects. Hindi po kami titigil hangga’t hindi nabibigyan ng hustisya ang mga inosenteng nasawi at nasugatan sa pagsabog na ito.” (AI/MTVN)

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