Police Major Malu Calubaquib, Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 spokesperson, identified the victims as Nolven Absalon, 40, and his cousin, FEU varsity player Keith Absalon, 21.
The injured was Chrisbin Daniel Absalon, 16, Nolven’s son. Chrisbin sustained injuries and was taken to the Masbate Provincial Hospital in Masbate City.
Reports said an IED planted by the NPA exploded while the victims were cycling. The Masbate City police then received information from residents about the explosion.
Police Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, PRO 5 director, ordered the deployment of an additional police team in the area. “All adjacent police stations were directed to conduct checkpoints,” Calubaquib added.
PRO-5 condemned the NPA attack.
“Ang insidenteng ito ay isa namang malinaw na patunay sa makasariling pilosopiya ng mga NPA, karahasang walang pinipiling tao, lugar o edad. Ang PNP Bicol ay kaisa ng bawat pamilyang Bicolano upang tuldukan ang limang dekadang pananakot at pagkitil sa mga buhay ng mga inosenteng mamamayan (This incident is another proof that the NPA only thinks about its interests. Their violent acts spare no one. PNP Bicol is one with the entire region in the bid to end five decades of instilling fear and killing innocent lives),” Estomo said in a statement.