MANILA, Philippines — Kieth Absalon could have been a regular member of the Philippine Azkals, with accolades already attached to her name at such a young age.
However, the envisioned future Absalon will not come true now that he was killed in a roadside explosion in his hometown of Masbate.
The New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, took full responsibility for the incident that killed Absalon.
A glittering career at Far Eastern University led the 21-year-old midfielder to be named among the starting 11 for UAAP season 82.
Absalon joined a FEU team that was already loaded with titles and he was part of the Baby Tamaraws program which won 10 consecutive UAAP high school titles from seasons 73-82.
The midfielder was also the MVP of season 78.
As a player outside of the UAAP, Absalon was part of the Philippine U-19 squad that competed in the AFF 2018 Championship in Indonesia. He received the Super Kid Award from the Philippine Olympic Committee in 2017.
Absalon, a scoring threat from the midfield, went on to sign with Malaya FC.
The UAAP and the Philippine Football Association mourned the loss of Absalon, while Senators Risa Hontiveros, Richard “Dick” Gordon and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan condemned his death.
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