“Last Saturday, four of our heroes were murdered in cold blood, whom we said goodbye to with the honors they deserve. The FARC could not have been more cowardly,” Santos declared.
Rejecting a statement released by the FARC saying that they regretted the murders, Santos lashed out saying, “Don’t think we are idiots.” “And now they make a statement where ‘they regret’ what happened, after having pulled the trigger that ended their lives. That statement deserves a place of honor on the wall of infamy and cruelty,” he added.
The president went on to express his sorrow and pain for the families of the fallen heroes. “Today we mourn — we all mourn — together with the widows, together with the orphans, and together with the bereaved mothers,” he said while reiterating that the FARC were the only guilty culprits in the kidnapping and murder of the hostages.
Santos also reaffirmed the government’s unwavering determination to continue the fight against violent groups “with all [its] strength, with all [its] power and without relent.”