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Hindi makatao! Robredo condemns Masbate blast that killed UAAP football player, cousin

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Vice President Leni Robredo has condemned the use of a landmine by the unit of the New Peoples’ Army in Masbate that killed a collegiate football player and his cousin.

“Anuman ang sanhi ng pagsabog, walang anumang aksidente sa usapin ng mga landmine. May dahilan kung bakit matagal nang nabuo ang pandaigdigang consensus ukol sa mga ganitong uri ng karahasan,” the Vice President said.

“Bawal ito sa ilalim ng Ottawa Treaty, dahil walang lugar sa sibilisadong lipunan ang sandatang hindi namimili ng papaslangin. Hindi ito makatao. No goal or ideology can justify the use of such devices,” she added.

The Vice President also expressed condolences to the family of the victims Kieth and Nolven Absalon. Keith was a football player of Far Eastern University and was once named most valuable player in UAAP Season 78.

The NPA already owned up to the incident and apologized to the family of the victims.

“Paglabag ito sa batas, sa karapatang pantao, sa mga patakaran ng pakikidigma, at sa mismong pag-unawa natin sa mga hangganan ng kayang gawin ng tao sa kanyang kapwa. Hindi ito pakikibaka; labas ito sa usapin ng paghahangad nating matigil ang hidwaan. Landmines are murder. We condemn this incident without qualification,” said the Vice President.