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Election 2013: Looking at the Congressional Candidates of Abra

Six months before the Local and National Elections and here we go again. A three cornered fight for the lone congressional district of Abra. Fighting it off are 2 Veteran Politicians (Joy Bernos and Rolando Somera) and a first time candidate (Hans Luna), a lawyer, and notably member of a prominent Luna Clan.

I am taking this feedback from a user itellitlikeitis to a new discussion topic. His/her own take of the 3 candidates for Congress. Do you agree on his/her assessment? Let’s keep the discussion clean please.

I would agree that not all lawyers would be ideal for a political position BUT, in this case you should take into consideration the list of 2013 congressional candidates presented as choices for the people of Abra. Joy Bernos? Exactly what has she done for Abra except assure an office for her father Dominic to allow him to “HIJACK” all the projects in the Highways Dept – not to mention advertise her fat face on streamers all over the province. VG Somera, a vice governor – what exactly does he have to offer that would be considered a significant accomplishment during his term? Diak la ammo!

Slim pickings but Atty Hans Luna still presents the best bet to put our money on and I hope he realizes that the PORK BARREL is meant for the Province of Abra but not for his own personal use. Unlike those two women solons who spent it on blings and/or expensive purses from Rodeo Drive!! They only showed up in House sessions if they had to go collect on their Porky Barrels! Shame! Shame! But, unfortunately they are out of shame!

I am going to be blunt with my assessment of the candidates in the provincial level:

1) The past & current solons who represented Abra for the past two terms are totally USELESS & INCOMPETENT and with them representing us is an insult to the people of Abra as well as the office!!

2) If I had to pick among those contenders to represent Abra, I would pick Atty Hans Luna – I’ll take my chances with him in spite of the fact that he is lacking in administrative experience BUT, definitely superior intellectually than the others.

3) I’ll stick with the current Governor and would prefer that he be re-elected for another term.

4) I’ll take my chances with Mayor Ryan Luna for another term!


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138 thoughts on “Election 2013: Looking at the Congressional Candidates of Abra

  1. Education is not a measure of character, about 10 U.S. Presidents were college undergraduates and it is a great nation.

    Posted by Juan doe | October 22, 2012, 5:47 am
    • This is a reply to Juan Doe Posting on Oct. 22,2O12…

      Sir, you’re comparing the patronage that occupied the US. Presidency
      to SELECTED rutten apples that occupied in the past and present government offices in Abra.

      Note:..I’m using my true name… Dr. Leo Tuason…I am not mentioning names past and present government officials…You Sir, you’re using Juan Doe a ‘NOM de PLUME’.

      Juan Doe, please continue posting. I want to follow your ideas and perhaps, I might contribute to a healthy discussion.

      KARRUBA, MALADAGA, INSTI, BARRAG… please join us in this discussion.

      Healthy discussions might help Abrenian Voters in the proper selection of Candidates for Abra Offices to lead the people and province to geatness.

      Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 22, 2012, 7:04 am
      • Correction on previous posting:..

        SELECTED ROTTEN apples….

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 22, 2012, 4:27 pm
      • Yes sir, I just joined this forum yesterday and would like to get invovle in healthy discussions about the betterment of Abra. I salute you for using your true name…whereas a lot of us use a ‘NOM de PLUME’ inorder to stay healthy…..we walk the streets of Abra everyday and history has it that a lot of politician and goverment officials are also PIKON besides being CORRUPT!

        Posted by Juan doe | October 22, 2012, 7:46 pm
    • You’re comparing apples to oranges! Would any of those running for office in Abra make our province great? Your analogy is certainly not plausible! I think we’ve gone through various types of local leaders with varied intellectual levels but not one has brought this province to the level of progress we’ve always yearned for! Same old crooks! If you asked me, voters in ABRA have not evolved yet as a smart and intelligent electorate!

      Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 22, 2012, 7:27 am
      • To Itellitlikeitis’ posting on Oct. 22,2012:…

        Sir, I must say most of your assessment of the present political situation in the province are true… like candidates for the government offices are motivated by the money easily gotten by illicit /corrupt means through their offices.

        I am disturbed when you said that the voters are not smart and intelligent to make smart choices… here I disagree on your assessment. I say that Abrenians are smart enough to make the right choices.

        Is it posssible that you based your assessment when the polical atmosphere in the province was not conducive to free movements of the people, restricted by political unrest at gun point made it impossible to make good choices and unable to vote freely.

        During those dark years, a person of TINGGUIAN HERITAGE by the name of ‘SABAS’ a Nom-de-Plume joined this WEBSITE at its early beginning and he coined I believe, the phrase, “Simple Laeng Lakay” He is a Lawyer by profession. He advocated EDUCATION for the people, is the key for a better Abra!!!

        To be continued:..

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 22, 2012, 4:23 pm
    • BTW, in follow up over what I just stated, it does not mean than a person without a formal education like a college degree or post grad education will not make a good leader. I sincerely think that there are individuals in Abra without that diploma hanging over their parents sala won’t make a decent and honest leader as well as a great administrator. What the province needs is a person who will SERVE THE PEOPLE and not STEAL from them. I will categorically say with certainty that 90% of these people running for office are in there for the money!! NO DOUBTS ABOUT THAT!!

      It is up to the people to make a smart choice!

      Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 22, 2012, 7:48 am
      • With all due respect, Dr. Leo, I have to stick with my original assessment of the voters! The type of leadership for the last several decades has been more or less below sub-standard. We have to take into consideration who put them in there – the voters! Regardless, until they select the ideal and right person to lead them, and to quote my redneck friend, “They ain’t too smart, Dude!”

        BTW, I am not stereotyping all the Abra voters as there are still some smart voters but unluckily they are outnumbered by the opposite!

        Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 23, 2012, 9:20 am
    • Awan pagpilian apo. I don’t want to see another Luna in there. Is that not what they call Dynasty?

      Posted by Ringnoster | October 26, 2012, 7:11 am

    The topic is ‘Congressional Candidates of Abra’. May I remind Abrenians that
    other provinces in the Philippines will send their best citizen to the Congress to represent their province. ABRA MUST DO THE SAME…SEND THE BEST THE PROVINCE HAS.

    These are the candidates…
    1. Joy Bernos
    2. Rolando Somera
    3. Atty. Hans Luna


    These are the 5-qualities…
    1. Honesty
    2. Trustworthy
    3. Law-abiding
    4. Pro-people
    5. Education .. highest attained.


    To be continued:..

    Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 22, 2012, 11:50 pm
    • With your list, Dr Leo Tuason – those qualities are beyond our wildest dreams or fantasies on the first two candidates while the third candidate remains to be seen if successful in his bid!! And that’s my own personal take!

      Posted by insti | October 23, 2012, 9:07 am

        Obviously, you are well informed on the political situation of the province.

        We welcome you on this thread. In your presence, I can foresee a lively disccusion on any topic presented.

        We ‘Expatriates’ Abrenians away from our country of birth, craves for CURRENT EVENTS
        on politics and economic conditions of the province. You my friends…. Insti, Barrag,
        Karruba, Maladaga, & Lavander could be the ‘EYES’ for us who are not within the proximity of places where the event is taking place… We are all grateful and thankful to you.

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 23, 2012, 1:54 pm
    • Doc:
      I am also a bona fide citizen of Abra and a resident of Bangued who loves to read your discussion regarding our local candidates. All of us for sure noticed that the candidates for the key positions are members of the big 3 families: the Bersamin, Valera and Luna.. If I am not mistaken these 3 families that I have mentioned are close relatives, so whoever wins, Abra will remain the same… No check and balance + no contra = CORRUPTION pa rin.

      Posted by taga_bakir | October 24, 2012, 6:27 pm
      • TAGA-BAKIR:.. Welcome!!!


        You are dead wrong on your assumption… if you are refferring to TAKIT Bersamin and
        VICSYD Valera… Takit is the son of the late Gov. Dr. Luis F. Bersamin, Sr. who was married to a Purruganan and Vicsyd is half Valera and half Paredes. The families Purruganan and Paredes are related.

        I don’t see how Takit Bersamin is related to Luna, I know for a fact… I’m the keeper of the BERSAMIN- TUASON- VILLAMOR GENEALOGY (Family Tree).

        Taga-Bakir, we Abrenians wants you stay in this thread/ Forum.


        DR. LEO.

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 24, 2012, 10:30 pm
    • ania met ammo daytoy rolando somera, sinno kadi daytoy nga tao. ania met maipakita na nga experience and/or education na. apay awan talaga sabalin apo? agriing kayo abra……

      Posted by mayana | November 1, 2012, 6:35 pm
  3. I agree with INSTI, doc because the first 2 candidates have served and still serving the province but its a big question mark on what have they done or what are they doing for the progress of the province. If only they will log on to this site, maybe they will be ashamed of themselves now with all the comments bragging them. with regards to the third, well,he has to prove or show to the people who he really is, not only his educational attainment, but include his SALN, show through his action if he is a law abiding citizen, Makabayan and must know how to work with people because people know his family history, where he comes from; his siblings are not doing good as public servants,but he might be different from them and he must really prove that to us voters for us to give him our trust to vote for him.

    Posted by lavander | October 23, 2012, 5:49 pm
    • I would hate to see Atty Hans Luna disappoint us! I agree with you Lavender I wish some of these candidates would log in to a.com and read what a lot of concerned citizens are writing/talking about them. I don’t know what their excuses are but I highly suspect that they’re either too gaddem illiterate or scared to face the truth!! Why can’t they join us in a lively and candid discussions so at least we can learn what they have in store for us should they be successful in their bids? I bet you, they probably would have difficulties expressing themselves and feeling guilty they’d be caught telling lies!!

      Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 23, 2012, 7:55 pm
      • ITELLITLIKEITIS on your posting of Oct. 23, 2012:..

        It strikes me Sir/Madame that you champion a candidate for the Congress a person by the name of Atty. Hans Luna. Itell, if you are of ‘TINGGUIAN HERITAGE’, it will not be hard to convince our kababayans (tingguian tribe) to follow you.

        Atty. Luna if you are listening, I have one question to ask of you….How far in your ancestry (mother-side or Bangued roots) can you trace. You see Hans, I was born in BANGUED many, many, many years ago, and I know most of the families in my neighborhood.

        To be continued:..

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 23, 2012, 10:24 pm
      • ITELL: on your posting of Oct.23,2O12

        SIR OR MADAME:.. the candidates are all logged in I’m sure on the Abrenian.com but they remain silent!!! They are curious as to what is being said of them… positive or against them.

        I believe the reason of their silence is that comments are made by people with ‘NOM de PLUME’ names or ALIASES and Candidates uses their real true NAMES…(one sided ?).

        My suggestion is … People with ALIASES continue posting and those people supporters of a Candidate will respond. The dynamics of exchange of ideas between Candidates and the ‘NON de PLUME posters is continued. This is my take of the present situation.

        Dr. Leo

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 25, 2012, 7:13 am
    • LAVANDER posting on Oct 23, 2012:..

      I noticed that you advocate ‘Transparency’ on the life styles of the three Candidates.

      SALN you mentioned in your posting is very REVEALING as it is a STATEMENT of
      ASSETS (wealth… cash/money in the bank/investments) & LIABILITIES ( bank loans, mortgages NET-WORTH (including Houses/Apartments, Cars, owned).

      One question:… Who keep records of the SALN for the enire duration of their term in office? Is the Government, Local or National involved in the keeping of records?

      Abrenians expect honesty of the ‘guardians’ (Local or National) on all documents voluntarily submitted by Candidates. Records must be kept confidential.

      Abrenians also wishes to hear ‘INPUT’ on the SALN subject from members of the Bar.

      Dr. Leo

      Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 25, 2012, 5:41 pm
      • Hi Doc. I’m a member of the Bar working here in the picturesque province of Abra.

        I want to comment on the SALN mentioned above.

        In one case, the Supreme Court mentioned that one who puts any falsity in his SALN is liable for Falsification of Public Document.

        Being a public document, SALN is open to the public’s scrutiny (not confidential).

        According to R.A. 6713, the SALNs of local officials are being kept by the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the respective region.

        Assuming they have religiously filed, incumbent officials’ SALNs can be accessed anytime during office hours with the said office.

        For candidates who never worked in the Gov’t., you cannot find any SALN on file considering that they are private citizens who are not required by law to file one. In case private citizens (who are candidates) will win this 2013 elections, they, as all Gov’t officials are, are required by law to file their first SALNs within the 1st trimester of 2014.

        SALN is only one of the modes of transparency in Gov’t. Others could be done by officials themselves e.g. posting in public the detailed expenditures using public funds. If the concerned officials do not do so, the public can/may/should demand such disclosure (you should know where your money goes).

        I admit that this are purely ideals if applied in the locale. But others did and are still doing it with theirs so why can’t the Abrenian.

        Posted by Abo | October 28, 2012, 2:38 am
      • REPLY TO ABO POSTING OF OCT.28, 2012:..

        Sir, I thank you for the information you gave us on the subject ‘SALN’.
        As a member of the Bar, you’re definitely very knowlegeable on the subject at hand.

        ABO, with your permission, I would like to simplify ‘SALN’ by itemizing it for the benefit of ‘AGTUTUBO’ or ‘YOUNG-ONES, voters to understand…

        Sir, you may correct me if you think I made mistake in the simplification…here goes >>>

        1. SALN means…Statement of
        a. ASSETS- meaning… Money-cash or in the Bank/ Investments
        b. LIABILITY- meaning …Loans from Banks, Mortgages on properties like
        Houses, lands, Cars, etc.
        c. NET-WORTH- meaning …the amount of ASSETS minus LIABILITY
        including houses, apartments, cars owned.

        2. SALN is a public document, religiously filed by candidates who wishes to

        erve the people…as servants

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 30, 2012, 10:57 am
  4. For me, I have no choice of those 3 mentioned candidates for political position being Congressman there at (ABRA). As you mentioned JOY BERNOS and ROLANDO SOMERA were veterans in politician in spite same as currently holding a high position there at Abra. But since before up to now I have nothing to be found being their performance names in be haft for the improvement and benefit of Abra People.

    Because a True veteran’s politician has a power to improve his/her place of origin / native land as a whole (Province of ABRA) by way of influencing kinds of infrastructures projects. Businesses, source of economic living, a kinds of community programs that build and to enhance values of people and most especially the safety measurement for the people in order to dismantle rampant crimes.

    You mentioned that one is a Lawyer Hans Roger Seares Luna, And yet I believe that he has a mental capacity and knowledge, But the big problem is, he is a clan’s of Luna’s political dynasty and of course the same system, the same step, and the same strategy, as we have seen to the Luna’s political clan’s for a long time.
    That the Luna’s clan’s are the Number one brain of crimes entire Abra, They are the key promoter of trouble, and it was the most cancer of society and most community cancer in Abra followed by Valera’s political clan’s during their time.

    If we presume that HANS LUNA is seated on the political position as a congressman. And then the Luna’s Clan’s committed again a crimes, do we believe that HANS LUNA should not protect and defend the Luna’s Clan’s crime it’s impossible, yes 100 % impossible especially if he was on the top of the throne in spite that he is a Lawyer.
    Why!!?? The blood relation in our Country is more balance than to the principle human right / justice. What if the blood relation is accompanied of big amount of cash?

    Blood + Cash – (Law) = Liar and the outcome of human right/justice is = being inhuman right / injustice.

    So the cancer of society still there, still exist, And not dismantle without safety measurement.

    2nd as a Lawyer bearing a dominant mental capacity and knowledgeable, Shall we assure that his dominant mental capacity will deserve for the benefits of the people into his native land, while we have no proven history or assessment basis if he is trustworthy to the people as a public servant.
    Or he will use his mental power as a weapon of digging wealthy into his own Country for his own personal interest and benefits, As the same with former Gov. Vicente Valera.

    So, What do we think my dearest ABRENIAN!!!!????*******

    To me, a highest level of education is not the major bases of my decision to choice which is the appropriate leader in Abra, Because what is the important of highest level of education if he’s doing is only for expropriation of wealth, What is the important of smarter or intelligence if he’s doing is only for stealing a wealth into his own country.
    Many leader’s in the Philippines that their education is not too high but they were able to improve his own native land.

    1. Siya ba ay deserving na mag-silbi sa kapakanan ng tao para sa kanyang nasasakupan.
    2. Importante na meron bang nana-han sa kanyang puso ang kanyang obod na pag-malasakit niya sa kanyang native land na kina-bibilangan ng maraming kanyang kababayan.
    3. Siya ba ay mapag-kakatiwalaan pag-dating sa kaban ng bayan.
    4. Siya ba ay magalang at maronong romespeto sa kapwa maging sinoman.
    5. Siya ba ay talagang pwedeng howaran bilang tao at leadership.
    6. At siya ba ay may-sigla at may-alab na maka-paglaganap ng iba-ibang proyekto para sa ikaka-unlad ng kanyang boung bayan.

    At sana ganon din ang inyong pana-naw para kilatisin ang mga dapat na ibo-boto!!!!

    Posted by Guiller | October 24, 2012, 3:11 am
    • A member of congress receives Php70M pesos annual PORK BARREL allocation. CAN THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM ABRA SHARE WITH US THE DISPOSITION OF THE PHP210M SHE HAS RECEIVED SO FAR? If you have issues or doubts where those monies ended up, then I suggest you find out! Most likely most ended up in her personal bank account or her daddy’s HIGHWAY CONTRACTS! Make an informed decision before deciding whose name to check in your ballots!!

      Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 24, 2012, 4:43 am
      • ITELL:> In reply to your posting of Oct 24, 2012…

        You’re asking Abrenians to inquire about the ‘pork barrel’ allocation that the recipient received during his/her term. WHERE THE ALLOCATION MONIES WENT?

        By the way…How much does a Congressman/lady receives as a yearly ‘income’?


        Dr. Leo

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 26, 2012, 5:55 am
    • Can you define me the right meaning of DYNASTY? In a very simple word, that means — APPOINTED PEOPLE UNDER ONE CLAN; but if anyone who went into election to be voted by the people, that is volition and not dynasticism. -burt sandoval

      Posted by burt sandoval | November 3, 2012, 3:30 am
    • then who do u recomend for congrsman

      Posted by popoy | November 4, 2012, 5:28 pm
    • a true one…

      Posted by st. peter | November 4, 2012, 9:37 pm
  5. Reply to GUILLER posting on Oct 24, 2012;..

    SIR, we welcome you in joining us in this forum.

    Friends, we have here joined us an Abrenian with an analytical mind, has given us a unique dissertation, and an impressive wit that could only come from a well educated person… a mind of a LAWYER perhaps who could formulate an equation such as this…

    Blood + Cash – Law = Liar and the outcome of human right/justice is = being inhuman right/injustice.

    More to come:.. GUILLER, please stay with us in this thread.

    Many thanks,

    Dr. Tuason

    Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 24, 2012, 5:08 am
  6. sus apo,..nakababain sa met iti sumingit ditoy ta puro spokening dollars,..agdaran ah toy agong ko manen. Bag pay kenni Lito Lapid ta kayat na usaren Filipino dijay senado:)) Ti ammok ket puro tayo met nga ilokano..haan yo met nga nga englisen amin.

    Posted by celong | October 25, 2012, 2:37 am
    • CELONG:

      Please continue and stay in this thread….. use Ilocano dialect, Pilipino Language or English Language, either way, we understand you.

      Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 25, 2012, 4:38 am
    • Dispensarem laengen giyem Celong ta saanak unay nga nalaing nga asurat iti ilocano. Mas comportable-ak nga agsurat iti ingles. Kas kuna ni Dr. Leo, iyilocanom latta iti kapanonotam ta maawatanmi met iti surat nga ilocano. Dios ti angina, celong!!

      Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 25, 2012, 2:23 pm
  7. Having a “nom de Plume” is more of a necessity than putting a face on a name! Using your real name would be like putting an “X” on your forehead so these savages from Abra can easily identify and have you join your creator prematurely. You must realize that some of these politicians that we treat like crooks are really CROOKS! They steal and they KILL without blinking an eye! That is what Abra has become! We have savages for politicians – some of them anyways! Am I too blunt and telling it like it is or am I just being realistic? What do you think Lavender? People around here in general are wary about being open with their thoughts because they are SCARED & AFRAID & INTIMIDATED! While I am just opinionated and a big mouth by nature specially with these politicians, I will never treat my fellow posters with the same disrespect! With that said, I hope everyone knows where I stand. I rest my case!

    Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 25, 2012, 2:42 pm
    • raemek ni apo dr tuazon, ti kapanunutanna ken ti kinataknengna na taga abra ngem isuna adda iti sabali mga daga dina ammo no kasano ti rikna ti maysa nga umili nga kanayonna nga pampanonoten no sinno ti pakikadduaanna, everyday in your life living in bangued abra especially, no sinno ti pakikadduam no nagkamali ka dimo ammo ti papanam, this is the reality in abra, nagasayaat ti agsao, agsarita ngem aniya ti ti nasayaat nga aramiden ti taga abra tapno umasenso tayo?

      Posted by korikz | October 25, 2012, 4:32 pm
      • Husto ta kunam Korkz, ammo tay amin nga adu ti rinuker ti Utek na idta pagpatgen tay nga Abra. No siak la nga maysa kaykayat ko ta Natalna ken Naulimek ngem tay pinpinnatay. Dagitoy nga tattao ket masapul nga madusa da, linteg ti Tao ken Linteg ni Apo Dios. Dagita koma pamilya nga awan ti aramiden da no di agpabuteng ken ag terrorize ket masapul nga maikkan da ti leksion. Ammok nga ammo yo no siasino ti ibagbagak. Kitaen yo no sinno ti adu ti nagatgatang nan, adda mansion dan etc. within a span of how many years? adu ti kayat ko nga nga ibaga ngem apaya unayen aya nga awan to met la ti dumngeg.

        Posted by OmG | October 26, 2012, 7:48 am
  8. Dr. Leo Tuason:

    Please check this news article with the link below, I hope this answers you query about how much is allocated to house members as far as their Pork Barrel is concerned:


    Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 27, 2012, 1:24 pm
    • Each house representative get an annual average of Php70M!!! That amount converts 10 $1,702,989M USD or 1,316,940 euros!!!

      Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 27, 2012, 1:32 pm
      • ITELL: on your posting of Oct. 27, 2012.


        Thank for the information you just gave us…on the ‘Annual Pork-Barrel’.

        Php 70M ($1,702,989 M USD.)… WHY, IT’S A LOT OF MONEY.

        This money is supposed to be ‘LEGALLY’ spent on the Province and its people…in the

        meantime the Representative or Congressman/Lady gets a LUCRATIVE ANNUAL INCOME

        of…PhP ???





        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | October 28, 2012, 2:12 pm
  9. 70 M is a very small amount, agkurang pay nga pangituloy diay rangtay mapan manabo.

    Posted by korikz | October 27, 2012, 11:28 pm
  10. I reviewed all the comments made in this thread and have come to one conclusion, it appears that none of these candidates meet our expectations or in other words “awan iti makapudno”! This is probably brought by previous performances of those who represented Abra in Congress in the past & todate! With the exception of the late Cong Jeremiah Zapata from Dolores, past & subsequent representatives were & are in there for the money!!!

    However, I will once again take my chances with a newcomer and endorse Atty Hans Luna.

    Atty Luna – DO NOT DISAPPOINT us should you be successful in your bid to represent the PEOPLE OF ABRA!! You are NOT the son of your mother but rather be the son of ABRA and we expect you to represent ABRA with dedication, integrity and HONESTY! Again: H O N E S T Y ! ! !

    To Gov. Kit Bersamin: Stay the course and serve your last three years with the same attributes we expect from Atty Luna!

    That goes the same with all the LGU’s should they be successful in their bids.

    Posted by itellitlikeitis | October 30, 2012, 5:13 am
  11. gapu ta abogadon isun?! nayparctice nan aya kina abogado nan apo? di ba pwedeng kilalalin muna ang pinapanigan nyo? ammo un no anyan ti pagtalnaan ti abra apo! vote wisely!

    Posted by justdroppingby | October 30, 2012, 8:44 am
  12. if these candidates are really true servants of the abrenians then i would like to ask them or DARE THEM to create a page where they can post what we voters would want to know about them as mentioned in this discussion ta kitaen tayo man dagiti husto nga kinatao da ket kapanunutan da maipanggep iti pwesto nga pagpabotosan da. Tell the people of Abra everything tapno maamuan mi ti husto nga kapanunutan yo. Dagiti plano yo para iti pagsayaatan iti abra, dagiti kinabaknang yo, uray dagiti utang yo- apay mabain kayo mangibaga no adda utang yo?.. 🙂 Please be honest and Please give us a clear view of who really you are that we may know whom we would vote, hopefully we will be convinced by your sincerity. To the candidates, no talaga nga sincere kayo nga agserbi iti pagsayaatan iti Abra, please dont disregard this request. This is important to us..

    Posted by manna.lon | October 30, 2012, 10:22 am
  13. Thank You sir Leo with the simple explanation about SALN, This is one way of knowing if the candidate is really a true public servant in she/he is willing to declare his/her SALN to the public, the problem is most public servants esp. politicos DO NOT DECLARE their wealth bed they are afraid of LIFESTYLE CHECK. Most of them named their properties to their children or relatives just to evade from taxes and lifestyle check bed, if they do declare, it is 100% na galing sa public funds and ginamit na pinambili sa mga properties na yan esp the LCE’s, because, they have no other source of income except their monthly salaries and yet they have a lot of under the table payrolls? Is this not a big question mark to us abrenians?How I wish that before the 2013 Election, There should be a lifestyle check to the incumbent Public servants starting from the Congresswoman down to the LCE’s so that we know who are cheating us and who really serving the people.I would also ask fellow abrenians to please vote somebody who will truly represent us in the Congress just like the Late Jeremias Zapata who was really working for Abra, It has been a long time that I was waiting for the Congress representative to be heard in the congress but I have not heard any of their voice yet. Even the late Chito Bersamin has no voice heard during his term. I’m sorry for this statement.

    Posted by lavander | October 30, 2012, 7:03 pm
  14. Baboy Bernos is in Dolores Abra right now with 50 people nga kayat na nga ireshistro tapno suportaran da ni Abet Guzman, But the Baboy Failed to register this people ta simangpet meten ti army battalion to stop the Baboy from registering this people. Apo nakaro meten unayen datoy nga baboy nakababain ti aramid na, sobra, ap[ay aya nga saan na nga isardeng ta aramid na nga madi. no talaga koma nga natured datoy nga baboy ket ni koma Mayor Jendricks ti sapolen na nga kapinatay saan nga ditoy dolores nga ada kapia.

    Posted by baboy bernos | October 30, 2012, 10:14 pm
  15. Adda kadi makaam ammo ken ni mr. Somera ditoy apo? kasano iti kabibiag na wenno anya man nga paka istoryaan na? Haan nga isuna iti kayat ko ngem panagkunak ket namaymayat no haan nga Valera-Bernos or Luna manen iti agbalin nga Dipotado tayo. Nalpasen iti chance ni Joy Bernos…haan tayo nga narikna dagiti nagapuanan na…agkurang iti servicio na nga impaay na…no dagita bangketa kada barangay roads nga project na..isuda laeng iti kimmita…substandard nga projects da…sorry miss Joy…marmaryek kami nga makakitkita ta rupam nga naka streamer.

    Posted by celong | October 31, 2012, 7:25 am
    • Makunak apo nga nasayaat ni somera…ubing nak pay LNG ket Isu ti nadakkelak nga nangpapintas ti ili mi a PILAR,in short rupa ti pilar ti kaadwan nga awag kanyana….sipud nagturay ket nalinak ti ili mi….I admire him so much

      Posted by Lene | May 11, 2013, 7:54 am

    Kakatapos lang magregister kanina, and BTW, I’m voicing out the youth for I myself is only 19years old. I am currently taking up a math course, and I’m interested in politics by influences I guess.

    I have read some comments that are formulated into equations; they are however too opinionistic if I may say, yet will make you grasp the idea of the equation itself.

    Judging from the commentaries, It would be more helpful if you put into perspective a statistical approach if you want to really express what you intend to an idea. It will be however a more biased one; it is like grouping words that are of the same amount which will yield a total. An equation however is only valid when it is reversible whereas: #1 ( Blood + Cash – Law = Liar) and #2 (the outcome of human right/justice is = being inhuman right/injustice) for your equation 1, to be valid Blood + Cash must = Law + Lier which is not the case. I would like clarifications for the other equation #2, (/) symbol is either a division sign or an or.

    The other equation NO CHECK AND BALANCE + NO CONTRA= CORRUPTION; I think this is by my interpretation what is happening on transferring of voting place. As we all know vote buying is very rampant hence in bucay whereas the mayoralty candidate is unopposed, they could actually buy them to vote in Bangued….. But either way, I don’t understand your equation really means. . .

    I would like to conduct and produce a document or so for an statistical measurement for how people in abra vote, as a statistical data. I would then consider about 1000 corespondents per class basing it in the status in their financial capabilites. What a dream. . . 🙂

    I hope I could serve the people by mathematics. It is simply more beautiful and elegant than politics.

    And as of all we know, esp in psychology, we tend to connect with those whom we have similarity to; hence intelligent people will most likely vote for Hans Luna. The others who opose however are affected by cognitive dissonance which is in terms of gathering facts. I’ve proven it myself when I asked 7 of my friends, I mostly have smart friends and all of them are smart; 6 of them chose Hans, while the other one chose Joy. I knew their backgroud and 4 close to Valeras, 1close to Luna and 2 no relation with them. I concluded that it was right to an accuracy of 78 percent. . .

    But there are a lot to see this 2013, there are many factors affecting voting psychology, for as mentioned by ILIKETO, there are a lot of us opposites who don’t think critically.

    Posted by Abbat Iddot | October 31, 2012, 11:21 am
    • mr.mathisan.. itherefore conclude that your calculation is correct..but if you only know the integral and defferential part of entire voters in Abra. Smart ones prefer mr. Luna…but in general…the smarter Abrenios will definitely go for the one who will give a best offer(i mean bayad ti botos da). We poor people of Abra is still not mature to choose wisely…no asino nga kandidato iti adda itedna or iwaras na,..the larger chance of winning. If only all Abreanios are wise enough to choose their leaders…progress and PEACE in Abra is not hard to attained.

      Posted by ella | November 1, 2012, 4:58 am
  17. JB Bernos a local official that should be the role model of the people instead is the once creating chaos in Abra, awan babain na datoy nga tao isu nga awan met respeto kanyana ta ipakita na ti kina B A B O Y na nakababain ti aramid na. Makita la unayen nga awan ti maaramidan da ti grupo da, ti la gasat na ket awan datoy Jendricks LUna dita Dolores ta no adda ket nakabangogon kunman weeeno na litson datoy nga B A B oy>

    Posted by Tordil | October 31, 2012, 1:31 pm
  18. One more… if political harassments here in abra will not stop, may i just conclude this world and let the history returns, to merge abra with ilocos sur.. better.

    Posted by mr. g | November 1, 2012, 6:19 am
  19. To Ms. “ella”, it is an implied fact that a factor of certain if not most, that affects votation is money. I would definitely agree with you but if I base facts from a theory where, “Being a politician, Money is directly proportional to Power; where power yields control over people”. (I think the Luna clan has more money; please correct me if I’m wrong), basing from the theory, I would definitely say that it will depend on the amount willing to be spent by any of the politicians.

    If I were right, the Representative of the Nacionalista party would definitely spend less personal money than the two next options. They would probably be the group “if” they are Smart and knowlegable, would NOT WASTE too much of their own resources and would rather spend the party’s fund. Besides that, they would NOT in my opinionistic and biased approach be able to think that they would overpower or defeat any of these guys. Nonetheless, they have gov’mt funds.

    In the case of Joy, being motivated and manipulated if not used by her father is, in my opionion is willing to spend a lot of money and resources. She is afterall in her throne and will actually use the kingdom where she seats as a resource.

    Hans however is a lawyer and let us say he is intelligent, if that is true and he knows for a fact that this place is abra, then he will spend too as much as Joy. But, given the fact that her mother is running for Gov as well, then I would think that their family will spend more than that of Joy’s.

    Another factor


    Top Personal Money Spenders:
    1) Luna
    2) Bernos
    3) Somera

    Position Money Support – the tendecy of the use of resources like funds of the government:

    1) Bernos – Congresswoman
    2) Somera – Vice Governor
    #) Luna.

    Family Financial Support:
    1) Luna
    2) Bernos
    3) Somera

    Other support factors are just too complex to analyze, sorry for that, but there is a limit to some relationships that are also important to know of.

    §Judging from those stated, there is no clear winner of who will spend the most, but I think the Lunas will, because of The Family factor whereas there are more of them compared to Valeras.

    Posted by Abbat Iddot | November 1, 2012, 11:03 am
    • ABBAT IDDOT – I beg to differ calling their monies “personal” – how about “stolen funds from their IRA” instead?

      Position Money Support – should be: “Percentage funds from PROJECT CONTRACTS”!

      Family Financial Support: – should be: “Percentage funds from PROJECT CONTRACTS” & “RESIDUALS FROM STOLEN IRA FUNDS ”

      Let’s call it like it is!

      Posted by IRA MONITOR | November 1, 2012, 1:05 pm
  20. I super dopper agree with both of you Abbat Iddot and Ira Monitor. the Lunas will spend more money in order to win. Let’s forget about the title of Hans Luna. We all know how they manipulate people with their nakaw na yaman. We say so because we all know that katulad din lng natin silang mga ordinaryong people before they came into power. nagkaroon lng sila ng maraming pera when their mother was a congresswoman because of that Pork barrel Fund and they used that to manipulate and intimidate people not only in Lagayan and Bangued but even in other Municipalities to file their candidacies when even if they are not a residents to the place.

    Posted by lavander | November 1, 2012, 2:23 pm
  21. dapat huwag na bigyan ng posisyon sa gobyerno ang mga magugulong pamilya na yan. (Luna/Valera/Bernos) the more na nagkakaroon sila ng posisyon the more na lumalakas ang puwersa nila para magpatayan at magpapatay. we should’nt tolerate that. common sense nalang po sa mga tiga ABRA!

    Posted by QWERTY | November 1, 2012, 5:08 pm
  22. mga patayan at kaguluhan ang malaking problema ngayon sa abra. once na maeliminate natin ang cause ng mga kaguluhan na yan w/c is mga prominenteng mga pamilya na nagaagawan sa kapangyarihan at nagpapatayan. then we can proceed and focus on fighting corruption… step by step

    Posted by QWERTY | November 2, 2012, 2:57 am
  23. Please be reminded that the congress is a LAW MAKING BODY. It will actually represent Abra in the entire Philippines! After all, it is the reason why it is also called House of Representatives. As we all know, it is not yet the time for campaigning, for us to know their platforms. It will be the basis for me to change my vote of Hans, “if” they will make a better platform. I’ll also analyze the statistical truth if what they are saying is possible. Taking into account the possibility of a political advisor to make their platform, I will again state a generalized proposition where “If a political advisor is/are present, they would actually make a better platform where there is actually LESS accomplishment in the end”. Another would be that “If I were a candidate, I mean ME, then I would actually not hire, but rather ask advices from people of intelligence to further improve what I have in mind, I will make my platform myself. (This mindset decreses with people of less intelligence)”. I’m not a psychologist by I study psychology.

    I will create an argument on whose candidate can give the best platform which will be based by profession;

    Mr. Somera? I don’t know anything about this guy. I even reread an article to clarify if he is our Vice Governor. I mean, this guy is for me, passive. He did not even create a name for himself in his position, and as far as I’m concern, he did not have any projects involving Abra (Popular Project). He is an advertisment without a product. And honestly I don’t know his profession.

    Joy, however is an advertisment herself, she is the product. I’m seeing her in most places in Abra, her face I mean. She did a lot of projects I suppose. But we need a real representative, and she studied culinary arts. Given that fact, I suppose that she did not prepare to be in congress; or has no plan to prepare!

    Hans is a Lawyer, the best bet to put into congress. And I don’t think he’s stupid. I know some aspirants of being a lawyer and most of them failed and studied again! The exam is hard, but he passed! And we know that it is impossible to ‘suhol’ the Bar Exam.

    And to sum it all up:
    I would rate their intelligence by:
    1) Hans
    2) Rolando
    3) Joy

    Please Read Twice the first paragraph, it is the reason why I rated them. I’m sorry for stating my ideas in an implied manner, I just could’nt make a more detailed one.

    Abbat Iddot

    Posted by Abbat Iddot | November 2, 2012, 7:54 am
    • i agree with you in some ways. Ngem no koma abogado ti masapul tayo nga agbalin nga diputado ti Abra, apay nga haan tayo nga kinayat ni Atty. Gil Valera nga nalalaing nga adayo ngem ta Abogado nga ibagbagam..

      Posted by apple | November 3, 2012, 6:00 am
  24. ABBAT IDDOT adu unay ti patpatangem. ammom ti problema nga talaga ti abra ket dagita agpipinnatay ken nauuyong nga agtuturay. no representation laeng diay congress ti patpatangem nga pagibasaram, kaya da amin dagita tallo nga kandidato. ti question tatta ket no sino kanyada ti makapatalna ti abra nga agturay nga haan nga agpatpatay ti tattao. kagrad graduar mo ket ngata cguro diay law school nya? isu nga kasla ka la agbasbasa ti libro nga agsasao.

    Posted by simplicio | November 2, 2012, 8:27 am
  25. Sir Simplicio, with all due respect;

    I will totally argree that I am basing most on theory; I probably think that you are of the application type, but you should know that for the applicability of most things, they must be in theory. And for the Accidents(Happened by Chance), they will always be theorized.

    That is also the reason of my pen name:

    §Abbat Iddot, Abra Bangued Theorist Implicating Development by Displaying Opinionated Theories~

    Posted by Abbat Iddot | November 2, 2012, 9:17 am
  26. adda aya imposible ditoy pilipinas no adu kuartam? AWAN!! uray ta pannakaipasa ti bar mabalin. ket haan nga gapu ta nakapag abogado kan ket nalalaing kan ngem dadduma. ket no qualipikasyon laeng ti pagpapatangan awan ti qualipikado kadagitoy nga kandidato but we are forced to select from unqualified useless candidates. dayta apo ti nasakit nga sitwasyon tayo. ket sinno ti botosak? no mabalin pay la nga isurat ti nagan ket ikabil ko langen jay nagan ti asok 🙂

    Posted by manna.lon | November 2, 2012, 9:26 am
    • PCOS met ti gamit tayo, suratam to ah ta ma invalidate. . Hahaha kasla kanto metla haan nga nagbotos’n. Sayang jay bannog mu.

      Posted by Abbat Iddot | November 2, 2012, 9:42 am
    • Apo mannalon, haanak umanamong dita kunam a mabayadan ti panakaipasa iti Bar exam. Although it is not impossible, it is highly improbable ta ngamin ket nairot unay ti security measures nga maimimplementar during the exam and the checking of answers. Ngem umanamong ak dita kunam nga dayta asom laengen iti ibotos mo.

      Posted by Abo | November 6, 2012, 12:40 am
  27. @abbat iddot, well bilibak met ti kapanunutam ngem haan nga applicable ti theories para ti Abra tatta nga panpanawen. masapul agbalin nga practical ti tattao. abra is not a safe place to raise our children anymore. haan nga poverty ti main concern tatta. as long nga nakatugaw dagita tattao nga makaytured awan pagbanbanagan ti abra. adun to latta ti matmatay. idi ni vicsid valera ken chito bersamin ti nakatugaw ket haan met kasta kagulo ti abra. ammo ti tattao no sino ti dapat nga mapukaw ti turay dita abra.

    Posted by simplicio | November 2, 2012, 9:42 am
    • I’m actually here right now in Bangued sir, but to honesly tell you it is not that bad. And correct me if I’m wrong but, I think you are in another country or so and is outdated about what is happening. Esp in Bangued, where change is dramatic.

      Posted by Abbat Iddot | November 2, 2012, 10:25 am
  28. useful ta kinasirib mo nakong para ti abra ngem masapul nga iadjust mo by situation. wen dediay young lawyer ti kayat mo nga agtugaw ta nakapasa isuna standards mo academically. ni pay Gil Valera nga bar top notcher idi ket nagkandidato metla for congress if im not mistaken. ideal government nga abogado ti representative na ti kayat mo nga ipasimudaag but there are certain factors to be considered…

    Posted by simplicio | November 2, 2012, 10:46 am
    • It is true that there are a lot of factors, that is why I try to be as statistical as possible, and we differ in point of views. Thank you for your opinion sir! I would conclude that you’ve worked for our government before, again, I’m basing my conclusions on theory. And if I assume too much, it would be because of my arogance and I never want to lose.

      Are you Here in Abra right now? NO!
      Are you against Lunas? YES!
      Are you Basing your ideas from the Present? NO!
      Are you acquainted, a family member of any? Probably Yes!
      Would you believe a 19year old? I don’t just know.

      Posted by Abbat Iddot | November 2, 2012, 11:39 am
  29. i will not interrupt your learning process but i think you started on the wrong direction… to be concluded…

    Posted by simplicio | November 2, 2012, 11:53 am
  30. Darn! Hans is a Luna. This family bunch together like leaches. This election is so much the same as I can remember. Pick your own poison.

    Posted by abraham | November 2, 2012, 8:21 pm
    • Your post is very poetical… personal and a bullshit! If you have anything against these men better go to the court, or else better STOP talking nonsense! -Burt Sandoval / November 3, 2012

      Posted by kordi burt | November 3, 2012, 3:19 am
      • Keep on posting my friends….let your voices be heard and express your views, hopefully that these politicians will learn from our post. Silence is not good for Abra…don’t let these politicians go unopposed!

        Posted by Juan doe | November 3, 2012, 7:41 pm
  31. Apay haan laeng koma nga mabalin nga am-amuen daguiti na-araramid dagitoy kandidato tayo nga para diputado?.No kasatno ti biag da? Kasla koma ken ni Joy Valera-Bernos, nga isu ti Congresswoman tayo itta, anya ti naaramid na idi panagtugaw na? Nagdakkelan nga rupa na iti makitak nu adda project na. nadak dakkel pay rupa na ngem diay naaramid na? ken kasta pay kadakkel ti rupa na jay al-alaen na nga porsyento ti proyekto na? anya metten nga aramiden! Bilib nak ken Apo Congresswoman dati ti Abra nga ni Apo Cecy-Seares Luna, idi panagtugaw na naiparamid na diay rangtay mapan Lapaz. ngem haan naiikat buteng ti tao kanyada nga pamilya. Kasta met ngata ti maipaay kanyato ni anak na Atty. Hans Luna? maipaay na ngata ti kapya uray no laban ti pamilya na? Maipakat na ngata ti kina- abogado? maipakat na ngata diay kinasirib na nga kunkunada? Maka desisyon ngata nga is-isuna nga awan ti mangdikdiktar kanyana? makatakder ngata is-isuna? Ket sino met daytoy Rolando Somera nga napili tayo nga vice gobernador tayo? haan nga isu daytoy iti nabayag nga mayor ti maysa nga munisipyo ti abra? iti ibagbaga da nga managisem nga tao nga kadkadwa idi ni Apo Vicsyd Valera ken Apo Chito Bersamin? Matulad nanto ngata daguijay estilo daguijay gagayem na nga nagturay idi ti Abra? Isu nanto ngata ti adda kabaklan na nga mangpasardeng ti gulo ti Abra? Ayan na ni Ms. Ching Valera’n nga awan ti inubra na no di papintasen iti Bangued idi isuna iti adda ti turay? Agpanunut kayo kakaillian ko nga taga Abra!

    Posted by apple | November 3, 2012, 6:36 am
    • aniya koma met ti maaramid na daytoy Hans Luna nga haan nga ususto nga tao. kaparis na met laeng da nanang na kada kakabsat na nga awan ti ubra da no haan agtakaw ken makiinagaw ti turay. pamilya nga AGEM ti turay. adda kadi naubra dan idi isuda nagtugaw? awan la ammok. iti kina adu iti badigolyo da,. AGPAPANGAS wenno AGBUTENG da nga ma resbakan daguijay naaramidan da ti madi nga tatao. AWAN PUSPUSO YO!

      Ket sika met Joy Valera Bernos, nga B A B O Y iti kwarta. Haan ka nga MAKONSENSYA nu dumaldalan ka aggapo Manila idjay San quintin? Haan mo kadi marikna iti kina kirsang iti dalan nga kapapa-aramid nga kinurakutam iti pondo. MABAIN KA MET!

      Posted by bulldog | November 3, 2012, 6:51 pm
  32. You can look at the kind of families these candidates came from and you can easily tell what kind of people are they. Madi agbunga ti mansanas jay mangga uray kasanom nga bali-baliktaden.

    Posted by manna.lon | November 3, 2012, 8:15 am
  33. nalpas laeng diay calaba bridge idi time ni former congresswoman cecy ngem nairugi ken napunduan idi tiempo ni dati nga gobernador vycsid …..

    Posted by korikz | November 3, 2012, 12:19 pm
  34. Ammok met nga ni Lando Somera ti kasayaatan nga choice para congressman ngem agbutengak lan ngamin nga kumontra kada Luna nga boss ko gapu ta patayen dak met.

    Posted by shit vasquez | November 3, 2012, 6:50 pm



    Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | November 3, 2012, 8:21 pm

    I have read all 78 Comments offered by Abrenian Posters on the Congressional Candidates of the province of Abra.

    I was amazed to learn how greatly diversified the opinions our kababayans have on the three Candidates, named below…

    1. Ms. Joy Bernos >…..Incumbent Congresslady of Abra
    2. Rolando Somera>……Incumbent Vice Gov. Of Abra
    3. Atty. Hans Luna>…..Never been in Government Office.

    Many learned Abrenians offered comments by …using Mathematical- equations by disproving other’s equation and try to point to us readers his idea might be the right answer.

    Analytical via Psychology has been used by a brilliant student in Psychology on the three Candidates… ( he admitted that he is not yet certified ‘Psychologist’). His analysis intrigues me as he started his article with this…. ‘He reminds Abrenians that the Congress is a “Law Making Body” therefore his best bet is a LAWYER.

    Most Abrenians certainly agree on this statement.

    Sir, Abbot-Iddot, I’m sure that you’re aware of the 5- qualities a Candidate must posses to enter into a Government Office…These qualities are offered by 4- people of ‘TINGGUIAN HERITAGE’…known by their ‘NOM de PLUME’ names …BARRAG, INSTI, KARRUBA, MALADAGA.

    1. Honesty
    2. Trustworthy
    3. Law-abiding
    4. Pro-people
    5. Education (highest attained)

    Sir, in your psychological analysis and ended up as your best bet a LAWYER…you only touched the quality 5. Education.

    The assessment of the first four qualities is not possible on the LAWYER because he had not been in a Government POSITION/Office before. AM I RIGHT HERE, MY FRIENDS?

    To be continued:.. Therefore, SALN is a MUST for the LAWYER.

    Dr. Tuason

    Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | November 3, 2012, 11:56 pm
  37. To Dr. Tuason. Yes sir, I have read about those, but I would not like to talk about anyone I do not know (To Judge I mean) about PERSONALITY. If you were to talk about the Qualities Sir esp. (Honest and Trustworthy); It would actually be very much of the futuristic point of view (To Be SEEN)….(If what would be seen is expected, then Honest….. and if Honest, therefore Trustworthy… And Being Trustworthy and Honest, Hence Pro People). If you were to change the Arrangement of the logical sequence It would be Invalid for some. But the order enclosed is the Best You can neither say that someone is Honest. That is the reason why I only took the Education part.

    About the Law Abiding; who would better know how to “”break or abide”” it than the Lawyer. Besides, Voting any one of them is like gambling, but a good gambler always thinks about What-Ifs.

    Posted by Abbat Iddot | November 4, 2012, 2:10 am
  38. semestral break is over ABBAT IDDOT. go back to school!

    Posted by winnie monsod | November 4, 2012, 2:21 am
  39. Intayo agpanunut no sia sinno ti karapat dapat nga agtugaw para iti probinsiya tayo. Haan tayo koma nga ibase ti kinabaknang ken kinaturay, ibase tayo koma iti ugali, panangbuteng ti Diyos ken kinalaing nga agserbi para iti probinsiya tayo. ABRA agriing kan iti bangongot!

    Posted by kabsat | November 4, 2012, 6:36 am
  40. sapay kuma ta naurnos ti mapasamak nga eleksyon dita abra. kailalaan yo dagita botos yo Abreño!

    Posted by simplicio | November 4, 2012, 9:43 am
  41. or should i say im not the only one using this account. adu kami met ditoy ballasiw ti taaw nga mayat nga mangipaay ti korokoro mi maypanggep dita abra.

    Posted by winnie monsod | November 4, 2012, 3:07 pm
  42. POst by Guillier…That the Luna’s clan’s are the Number one brain of crimes entire Abra, They are the key promoter of trouble, and it was the most cancer of society and most community cancer in Abra followed by Valera’s political clan’s during their time.

    Apay met nga naibaggam nga brain of crime. Do you have evidence to proved your accusation. Yon ba ang findings ng mga police na alam mo. Kilala mo na ba ang mga pinapatay dito sa Abra. At kilala mo ba kung sino ang mga pumapatay dito at sino ang mga boss nila. Lumagay ka sa gitna at malalaman mo kung sino yong mga biktima ng mga napapatay dito. Atty Demetrio Pre – abogado na yan pero nabiktima pa. Pinatay yong matanda na walang kalaban laban. Sino ang suspect? Sino ang nagpatira? ???

    Posted by Kadwa | November 4, 2012, 4:58 pm
  43. a true one…
    sa dami nila n umupo sa lagayan at sa tagal…n sa panunungkulan…may nangyari ba sa lagayn WALA…

    Posted by st. peter | November 4, 2012, 9:41 pm
  44. Daytoy ti sungbat to saludsod no sinno ni Rolando Somera. Anak ti brgy captain ken retired pub.sch. Teacher t Piilar. 18 yrs nga nag mayor, one term as lprovincial bd member sakbay nga nag Vice gov.Awan pay abakna! Good News about him. Achiever: consistent champion in provincial contest such Green revulotion,food production n tree planting. Consistent presidente ti mayors League ti Abra. Bassiten ti saan nga cementado ti barbarangay road t Pilar. Awan pay kaso na. Maysa nga katalnaan ti Pilar. Bad News about him( not be bias) Like most politicians, he easily found gold mine in politics. Before he became mayor, he has old motorcycle. In less than 10 yrs. He acquired expensive cars n houses. Saan nga naisem kas nadakamat ta Sadam ti awag ti Likud na. Educational qualification-malabo, some say has 2 degree others 1. Who cares, the most loved pres. Magsaysay was a dropout. The choice is yours, but majority of voters n Abra easily bought because of ignorance of rights n duties n because of extreme poverty. If only we could find somebody like Dr. Leo TUASON who is ver much concerned with d pitiful plight of Abrenians inspite of the fact that he s already away from Abra, maybe there s hope for change. Let’s cross our fingers n Pray for peace for our beloved province. Jesus said” anything you ask from my Father thru. My Name,believed, and it will be given”.

    Posted by Tamang Landas | November 5, 2012, 4:24 am
    • TAMANG LANDAS (T.L.)…a reply to your posting of Nov. 5, 2012

      Sir, I’m sure that there are many Abrenians who are concerned in making Abra a better place to live.

      This is the reason why voters must chose the right leaders to lead the people.

      Sir T.L., I’m for this… prayers will help.

      Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | November 10, 2012, 4:53 am
  45. KADWA: YOUR POSTING OF NOV. 4, 2012…

    Sir/ Madame… you mentioned the name Atty. Demi Pre… I saw him in 2005 my last Bangued visit. I said to him, “I want to talk to you and reminisce about the ‘good old days’…
    finally I invited him to a restaurant near his house, and I’m buying”. He agreed and
    after a hot meal of ‘dinengdeng, sagpawan with palileng’, we probably spent two hours talking.

    Then he asked me if I was still actively practicing in the States, then he added… “What brought you back to Bangued”? I replied… “Yes, I’m actively practicing, I was invited by nephew Takit (not yet Governor at the time) to stay in his house to finish my ‘GENEALOGY/FAMILY TREE book’… I wanted to know more about the ‘BERSAMIN’ side, of CONGRESSMAN CHITO and TAKIt.

    ATTY PRE got interested on my project ‘Genealogy’… I said, “It is about the Family Clan I belong to …of BERSAMIN-TUASON-VILLAMOR”. Apparently, the ‘Villamor’ brightened his face. He finally said, “Way back, my ancestor is a VILLAMOR”. I finally responded ..”In that case, I want you to send me a brief history of your family line”, and gave him my card with address.

    No wonder, I never received his letter… he died prematurely from unnatural death!!!

    To be continued:..ST. PETER on LAGAYAN.

    Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | November 5, 2012, 6:04 am
  46. Wait a minute! It doesn’t matter who wins as long as the govt. fund/money keepers keep conniving with the corrupts/thieves nothing happens. Assuming that we could elect honest politicians but these gov’t. fund keepers will employ every trick in the books in order to force them in committing bribery/corruption, what could the poor honest politician do? Delaying more of his projects until these dishonest gov’t. fund keepers finally caught? By whom? Who will catch them? Our media should conduct investigative work on how these gov’t funds flow (tracing the money trail) and report/post it here so that we have a clearer picture on what corruption really means. I suspect that not only the politicians are guilty with this but the non-elected government officials up to the lowest personnel level as well. Ask your neighbor if his guess is not good as mine. Therefor, we should not concentrate on the politicians alone but more on the non-elected gov’t sectors agsipud ta adda ditoy ti daddakkel nga kuarta ti gobierno no pagtitipunem ida. Saan la nga madmadlaw ta dida agpipinnatay or agi-innapal because of their “Code of Silence” kono (look at our judges as an example).
    You are right! Just choose the less evil among them and keep our finger crossed for the best. It doesn’t matter anyway, as long as the anomalous fund disbursement/accounting system is still unstoppable.

    Posted by bagelimon | November 5, 2012, 2:08 pm
    • A comment on BAGELIMON’S posting on Nov, 5, 2012…

      You are advocating the choosing of the ‘less evil’ of the three Canditates and cross your fingers thereafter. This statement is very disturbing to many folks specially to the Abrenian ‘Agtutubo or young’ voters. You claim Sir, that all three Candidates are ‘evil’!!! I’m sure you meant it ‘figuratively’.

      My proposal Sir is this…. ask each candidate to submit VOLUNTARILY their ‘SALN’.
      meaning… Statement of ASSETS – LIABILITY – NET-WORTH. I believe the Statement reveals the ‘life style’ of the candidate prior to entering government office.

      According to ABO, there are two modes of transparency of a candidate holding government office, they are…

      1. SALN must be submitted shortly after assumming his official duty, or the 1st trimester after assumming his/her duty.

      2. A duly elected official must as required by law submit or disclose expenditure of public funds…and this disclosure is readily accessible during office hours to the public’s excrutiny.

      Lastly, the ‘SALN’ is submitted to and kept by the regional Office of Ombudsman.

      ABO Sir, under what jurisdiction or branch of the GOVERNMENT does the Office of Ombudsman gets its authority …. 1. Presidential 2. Judiciary 3. Legislative.

      To be continued:..

      Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | November 5, 2012, 8:54 pm

        ABO Sir, under WHOSE jurisdiction….


        Dr. Leo

        Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | November 5, 2012, 9:09 pm
      • Sir Doc, the Ombudsman is not under the jurisdiction of any of the 3 branches of Gov’t. It is an independent government entity whose powers and functions are provided by law (RA 6770). In other words, nobody can dictate as to what it should do (read: ideally). It’s actions may be questioned and subjected to judicial review as all other gov’t instrumentalities are.

        Posted by Abo | November 6, 2012, 1:11 am
  47. A comment on ABO posting of Nov. 6, 2012…

    Sir, I’m certain that many Abrenians are puzzled by your statement…

    If the OMBUDSMAN is not under the jurisdiction of the 3-branches of the Government…

    ‘Who appoints this person to the post? What are his qualifications? Is there a qualificaton test… if there is, who supervises it?

    ABO, more questions are coming your way, Sir.

    Dr. Leo

    Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | November 6, 2012, 5:35 am
  48. it’s like the supreme court, the president will appoint the cj, but the sc is a different entity, tha is the irony

    Posted by korikz | November 6, 2012, 11:55 am
  49. Korikz is correct. Below are the quoted provisions of RA 6770.

    Section 4. Appointment. — The Ombudsman and his Deputies, including the Special Prosecutor, shall be appointed by the President from a list of at least twenty-one (21) nominees prepared by the Judicial and Bar Council, and from a list of three (3) nominees for each vacancy thereafter, which shall be filled within three (3) months after it occurs, each of which list shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

    In the organization of the Office of the Ombudsman for filling up of positions therein, regional, cultural or ethnic considerations shall be taken into account to the end that the Office shall be as much as possible representative of the regional, ethnic and cultural make-up of the Filipino nation.

    Section 5. Qualifications. — The Ombudsman and his Deputies, including the Special Prosecutor, shall be natural-born citizens of the Philippines, at least forty (40) years old, of recognized probity and independence, members of the Philippine Bar, and must not have been candidates for any elective national or local office in the immediately preceding election whether regular or special. The Ombudsman must have, for ten (10) years or more, been a judge or engaged in the practice of law in the Philippines.

    Posted by Abo | November 6, 2012, 4:16 pm
  50. ABO on your posting of NOV. 6, 2012:…

    Sir, you quoted from RA 6770, 2-provisions, namely…ON

    1.> APPOINTMENT…By the PRESIDENT from 21 nominees prepared by the Judicial and
    BAR-COUNCIL. In-other words OMBUDSMAN including its Deputies and Special
    Prosecutor are Presidential APPOINTEES!!!

    2.> QUALIFICATIONS…Lawyer by profession, have practiced for some years (10 years),
    preferably have attained JUDGESHIP. Must not have been a candidate for
    any elective local or national office immediately preceding election.

    3.> FUNCTIONS ? …

    4.> TERM (No. years) IN OFFICE ?…

    ABO, We ABRENIANS… Sir, we thank you for the information you’re sharing with us.

    To be continued:..

    Posted by Dr. Leo Tuason | November 6, 2012, 6:38 pm

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