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I have not been able to update our news website for quite a while. I admit, my attention is more on our Facebook page. But promise you one thing, I will write again at least once a week.  


  • By Dexter A. See La Trinidad, Benguet—The Abra police force seized last Saturday narra lumber worth P1.7 million and arrested four suspects in its continuing anti-illegal logging operations. (more…)
  • twit from Jim Paredes after the first the first ever People's Meeting de Avance in Penarrubia. The event was sponsored by Restoring Electoral Integrity in Abra Mayor Geraldine Balbuena seems uninterested  in this project. "Talo ka Mayor", according to Paredes. Jim ‏@Jimparedes 5 May. It was a gd meeting & exchange between voters & candidates in Penarrubia Abra. To the incumbent mayor who was a no show, sorry. talo ka
  • In May of 1847, Bucay was organized into a mission station and chosen as the the first Capital of Abra. As the easternmost town in Abra, separated from the foothills of the Cordilleras by the very wide Abra River and perched on the east high above it, Bucay became the natural choice for the pivot of the first line of defense of the Spanish against the “Tinguians” of the neighboring mountains. It was only in 1863 that Bangued became the new capital.
  • The pharmacy in Bangued did not exist until the early Thirties. It was owned by Major Urbano Banez with his daughter, Lita, as the pharmacist. It was there where you could buy condensed milk, toothpaste and leeches (alimatek) for reducing blood pressure.
  • The 'Usok' in Tangadan was built in 1934 and  took 2 years to complete. During World War II, Allied forces tried to destroy the tunnel twice to impede the advancing Japanese soldiers. It did not totally collapse. It was restored in 1961 through the efforts of former Congressman Lucas Paredes who worked for the appropriation of over P200,000.00 for the tunnel's reconstruction and improvement.
  • In the 2010 Congressional Elections, there were 5,735 ballots not counted because it was either invalid or blank. Joy Bernos went on to defeat Cecilia Seares-Luna by just 1,082 votes.
  • Lagangilang, Abra. Four members of the New People's Army (NPA) died in an encounter in Barangay Cayapa. Three of the fatalities were women. According to the reports, the four were asking for food and recruting new members . Classes at Cayapa National High School were suspended because residents were afraid to leave their homes. This is the first recorded encounter with the NPA this year.
  • Bangued, Abra. A reported shooting incident occured today in Agtangao Cockpit involving Popoy Barbosa aka "One Eye". Barbosa shot a certain Edwin but missed. According to reports, the shooting was due to some money (a mere P300.00). Barbosa is a known bodyguard of Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin.
  • The greatest lie of all times: "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you"
  • On May 8, 2003 , the Soot Bridge was finally opened linking the towns of La Paz, Danglas and Lagayan to the capital town of Bangued. In attendance on this historic event included La Paz Mayor Israel Bernos, Governor Vicsyd Valera and Congressman Luis "Chito" Bersamin. Mayor Bernos credited Congressman Bersamin for working on the funds that finally completed the PHP130 million bridge.
  • In 2006, Two prominent Political Figures were killed by assasins. La Paz mayor Mark Israel Bernos was killed on January 13, 2006 at the height of a basketball game during the town’s fiesta celebration and  Abra congressman Luis Bersamin on December 16, 2006, in front of Mt. Carmel Church in Quezon City on while attending a wedding. Both were supposedly eyeing the Governorship position for the 2007 elections.
  • Politicians' Golden Rule "If you can't convince them, confuse them."
  • Did you know? On November 23, 2002, barely two months after abrenian.com was launched, the first ever E-Petition was launched by abrenian.com to petition then Pres. Gloria Arroyo to "Stop the Killing" in Abra. The E-Petiiton was triggered by the assasination of Mayor Clarence Benwaren of Tineg on October 29, 2002. The E-petition,  electronically signed by more than 400 internet users eventually found it's way into the hands of Pres. Arroyo on New Year's eve in Baguio City (Dec. 31, 2002) embarrasing the 3 top Abrenian officials (Cong. Chito Bersamin, Gov. Vicsyd Valera and Bishop Artemio Rillera). The three were present to meet the President.
  • One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors - Plato
  • Politicians  would rather be impressive than honest. They let anyone else hold their pen when they are writing their story. Keep safe Abrenians!
  • 'The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.' - Will Rogers
  • Politicians and diapers have one thing in common: they should both be changed regularly… and for the same reason.
  • [12/07/2012] Politician's Golden Rule: If the truth won't set you free, LIE...
  • [12/04/2012] Eye in the Sky Report: Woman Killed in La Paz
  • [12/04/2012] Eye in the Sky Report:  Father shots son in Bangued
  • [12/03/2012] Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.

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