- Former UAAP MVP and FEU booter Keith Absalon died after an Improvised Explosive Device or IED detonated near him
- The young booter was reportedly out cycling with his uncle and cousin when an explosion, believed by the police as caused by a roadside IED, occurred
- According to the Bicol PNP, the roadside bomb might have been planted by the NPA
- Tributes for the fallen FEU booter poured in from teammates, fellow booters, and fans after they learned about the tragic incident
Former UAAP MVP and famous FEU booter Keith Absalon died in a tragic explosion believed by the police to be caused by a roadside Improvised Explosive Device planted by the NPA in Masbate City.
Nolven Absalon, the uncle of the 21-year-old Keith, also died in the tragic incident.
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According to initial investigation by the Bicol PNP, the booter’s bicycle might have hit the IED, which triggered its explosion.
The UAAP, in a statement, paid a tribute to Keith, saying that he has brought pride and honor to the organization.
“Kieth brought pride and honor to the UAAP and FEU by representing the country in international tournaments,” UAAP, in a statement, said.
The organization also said that tributes pouring in for the fallen booter showed how much he has inspired people.
“The tributes for him showed how he has touched lives not just for his athletic gifts, but for his kindness and easygoing personality. His passion and enthusiasm always rubbed off on his teammates and fellow athletes,” the UAAP also said in its statement.
Keith won multiple UAAP juniors championships while playing with the Far Eastern University (FEU). He also won MVP honors during the league’s Season 78. Keith has also won the Best Defender and Best Striker awards.
In a separate statement, Malaya FC, the team that Absalon is suiting up for, expressed their grief over Keith’s passing.
“Our hearts are broken as we bid farewell to another of our own. A follower of the highest order, [he was] always willing and able to take on any position assigned to him by his coaches and perform his best,” Malaya FC said in its statement.
Improvised Explosive Devices or IED are bombs that have been constructed in a clandestine manner, usually by terrorist elements, using explosive and other materials obtained from illegal sources. It is usually deployed on roads and other areas and is designed to kill anyone near it. Using IED in any time of warfare or skirmishes is prohibited by the Geneva Convention, though terrorists continue to use them.
Improvised Explosive Devices are used, not only by terrorists but sometimes by unscrupulous individuals or groups. In 2016, an IED exploded on the road just when the advance party of the President passed. The convoy was on its way towards the 103rd Infantry Brigade. The advance party was tasked to determine the safety of the area before the scheduled visit of Duterte on November 30.
Even the national penitentiary, where jail guards are always present to ensure peace within the compound, was not spared from an IED explosion. About a year ago, an explosion happened at the maximum security compound in New Bilibid Prison. Some Improvised Explosive Devices were also recovered from Quadrant 4 of the NBP where convicted members of extremist groups were housed. The NCRPO chief disclosed that the blast occurred on a Friday morning and that no one was hurt from the incident.
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