The Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) have taken “full responsibility for the tragedy” in Masbate and declared “deep remorse” for the “untimely and unnecessary” deaths of two noncombatants.

Far Eastern University football player Kieth Absalon, his cousin Nolven Absalon, and a 16-year-old nephew were biking in Barangay Anas, Masbate last Sunday morning when a landmine exploded, killing the two men and injuring the boy.

It noted that under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction which is part of the IHL anti-personnel landmines have been banned.

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