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Pre-election tensions in Abra challenge local police

By Artemio Dumlao

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Recent events challenging stability in Abra ahead of the 2013 polls has posed a bigger challenge for the Cordillera police “to remove irritants.”

“This early, we are aggressively eliminating factors that contribute to instability,” Cordillera police director Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong said following two daring attempts to sneak in flying voters in Dolores and the province’s capital town, Bangued, while the voters’ registration was ending on October 31.

As the registration of voters were about to end on Wednesday, Mila, the wife of Bangued mayoralty bet Dominic Valera, allegedly tried to sneak in flying voters from Bucay town but was ably prevented by Comelec-Bangued election supervisor lawyer Mae Richelle Belmes in a tension-filled situation in their compound.

Reportedly harassed to the hilt by the politician’s wife, Belmes stood her ground not to list-up flying voters from Bucay upon careful verification that their documents did not match their personal circumstances.

Foiled, Mrs. Valera even warned of suing Belmes for her action, authorities reported.

Belmes’ vehicle two years ago was peppered with bullets right in front of her house in La Paz town, also in Abra apparently to scare her.

Also in Dolores town on that same day, Magalong, sacked PO2 Jithelo Tuazon, escort of La Paz town Mayor Joseph Bernos and other policemen together with the mayor also tried to sneak in flying voters from La Paz to register.

But policemen thwarted the attempt and a near skirmish between Bernos and Dolores Mayor Robert Seares, Jr.

Even before that spat between the two town executives, Bernos engaged Comelec Dolores town officer Adriano Bernardino with a heated argument about the registrants he brought.

The police-escorts of Bernos, who escorted the flying voters, were sent back to the regional headquarters in Camp Dangwa here for investigation and were disarmed of an MP5 submachine gun and a .45 caliber pistol.

More than a month ago, the board election of the Abra Electric Cooperative was also marred with near skirmishes between rival politicians backing their own bets in a single seat in the cooperative’s policy making body.

Magalong, together with Abreco General Manager Loreto Seares, Jr., were shocked at why even a simple cooperative election turns that way.

“My goal is not to make (Abra) under Comelec-control,” the Cordillera police chief said, saying, this early, with the challenges, they are on their move to removing irritants in the stability of Abra toward the election period.”

Magalong said he and the police ‘are with (us) stakeholders in the province supporting the goal to at least bring more peace in Abra.’



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14 thoughts on “Pre-election tensions in Abra challenge local police

    JB Bernos should also be refer to psychiatrist. Malakas lang loob niyo mga gong gong dahil congresswoman pa si Joy Bernos. Hayaan niyo darating rin ang karma niyo.

    Posted by Pro Abra | November 4, 2012, 1:20 am
    • Us to ta ko nam pro abra. Dagitoy Sasairo to abra ket masapol mairefer da Amin. Ni Mila Valera Makita kina Acosta na Awan nagadalan na. Jb haan ka unay Baka met masubraan ka

      Posted by Abrenian | November 6, 2012, 7:39 pm
  2. saan sa met nga related ti topiko wenno tay news dita ngato ti pagpapatangan yun kakabsat, Dapat tutukan koma ni RD ti Abra tapno maliklikan ti harassment nga ipapaay dagiti popolitiko. Lalo dagita nasao nga politicians dita news a pati payen escorts dan ket aramatendan. mayat met dagita nga utek paltat panagut-utek da. Saludo ako sa yo RD.

    Posted by kengkoy | November 4, 2012, 11:26 pm
  3. pupunta ako jan sa abra para magkaalaman na

    Posted by failon ngayon | November 5, 2012, 4:00 am
  4. My sincerest admiration goes to Comelec Atty. Belmes and Chief Supt. Magalong (his brave men included) for their courageous acts in showing the public their fidelity to the President’s advocacy. Only few of their kind are now left which I am sure President Noynoy Aquino will be so proud of you especially if the media would bring this to his attention. We need more like you!!!

    Posted by bagelimon | November 5, 2012, 12:59 pm
  5. pati abreco tingnan ko anomalia,talo pa nila abs cbn executives,magagara sasakyan nila,balita ko malaki interest ang pinautang ni dominic at gov sa abreco,para lang di maputulan kuryente abra,atska para d matangal c manager jun abreco,bumaliktad na vice mayor allan,kc mabubuking na kuya nya,mahal masyado singil kuryente jan kc pambyad interes sa pautang ng dalawa gov at nic.

    Posted by failon ngayon | November 6, 2012, 4:39 am
  6. mambabatas ang anak ni mila valera, wla pala kayo alam sa batas eh,dont break the law mam mila,sbi na nga sa comelec na hintayin nyo c mam belmes at may kinakausap sa telepono,dali dali nalang kayo pumasok at d makapaghintay,galing m din mangbaliktad ng istoria.gnagawa m sinungaling ang atty ng comelec,kaw ang nagsisinungaling.bawal na nga lipat ang taga bucay d2 sa bangued eh,dka nag iisip,iba ang bucay sa bangued.dun nalang kaya c lakay m nick mag mayor sa bucay mas mapanda pa.obvious na kaw gumagawa ng kalokuhan sa eleksyon.d nyo b iniisip pinagagawa nyo?masyado na kayo kc marami na pera ng bayan sa bulsa nyo.kala nyo forever na kayo mabuhay sa mundo.

    Posted by failon ngayon | November 6, 2012, 4:59 am
  7. Comelec Officer Adriano Bernardino and Atty. Mae Rachelle Belmes: I will also salute you with my sincerest admiration for the courage you have just shown in fulfilling the duties entrusted to you. I believe that kind of COURAGE will change your life for the better not monetarily but with impeccable sense of dignity and fearlessness to do what’s right. Nothing could stop you now and as believers of godly faith, you are assured that anything happens is not your will but it is the will of God which not all of us are lucky to get a chance. Accept it humbly and continue to fight courageously for it’s far better to perish with pride than to perish as an unrighteous one which even your own children curse the day that they were born with a coward and useless parents.

    Posted by bodowan | November 18, 2012, 7:16 am


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