By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan condoles with the families of Far
Eastern University football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin who
were killed in a roadside explosion while biking in his hometown
“Kalaro ng pamangkin ko sa football si Kieth. Napakagaling daw.
Malaking kawalan sa pamilya at sa bayan si Kieth. Ang layo pa sana ng
mararating niya,” Pangilinan said. “He has brought pride and honor to
his school and the country through his sports. The country’s football
community grieves his death.”
Absalon, 21, represented the country when he played for the national
team in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Under-19 Youth Championship
held in Indonesia.
In the UAAP high school league, Absalon won many awards, including
Most Valuable Player, and six titles, the most for any player in the
league’s history. He was scheduled to make his college debut in UAAP
Season 82, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the senator sought justice for the death of Absalon and his cousin,
he also called for the resumption of peace negotiations between the
government and communist rebels, saying genuine and lasting peace
remains the best option rather than violence.
He said peace and prosperity will address the root problems of
insurgency and usher in sustainable development, especially in the
The President formally ended peace talks with the National Democratic
Front in 2017 after on-and-off negotiations.
“We hope the doves in the Cabinet would prevail to bring to fore the
need for genuine peace as paramount and must be pursued right away,”
Pangilinan said. (AI/MTVN)