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Police claim success vs Abra armed groups

Philippine Daily Inquirer

BAGUIO CITY—The police have reduced the number of private armed groups in Abra from 86 to 31 this year, the Cordillera police director said.

Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong said negotiations brokered by Abra citizens’ groups and crackdowns on unlicensed firearms helped break down many of these armed groups, whose members offer themselves as bodyguards to political clans during elections.

This was established in 2005 by a government fact-finding team that looked into the involvement of moonlighting policemen and soldiers.

Abra, notorious for its political violence, was again listed among 16 areas of concern for the 2013 midterm elections by the Philippine National Police.

The province has been under Commission on Elections control since 1998 and has always been listed as an election hot spot, Magalong said.

He said the police are monitoring political activities in the towns of Lagayan, Tineg, Bangued, Baay-Licuan, Malibcong, Bucloc and Langiden.

“We are confident that private armed groups will soon be gone. They are starting to feel the pressure,” he said.

On Nov. 11, police arrested Prudencio Britanico, who is suspected to be the leader of a private armed group, Magalong said.

Between November 2011 and November this year, police said they have seized 134 unlicensed guns in the province.

Magalong said political leaders have also been cooperating with police officials.

Since October, the police have been meeting with political clans to discuss a peace initiative designed and approved by leaders of the Abra community, church groups and the academe. Desiree Caluza, Inquirer Northern Luzon



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13 thoughts on “Police claim success vs Abra armed groups

  1. Waaahhh !!!! Adu la amin,one sided kayonto metlang amin nga polpol lis!!!!!

    Posted by SOSOP | November 25, 2012, 9:15 am
  2. Tama ka dyan sosop, very obvious nga ti “operation huli” ti PNP ket one sided! Alleged criminals that are supposed to be identified only with Dominic and Takit. How about the Luna’s goons? Adu met warwarrant da.

    Posted by Juan doe | November 25, 2012, 3:47 pm
  3. Election Hot Spot? It means we have enough law enforcements even to the smallest polling place to protect us voters from fear of intimidation or discovery who the hell we voted for? Well, this is good but the sad news is we don’t have good numbers of real candidates yet that deserve our votes? What we are going to do now? Another unavoidable waste of our precious priceless votes? Anyways, it’s not the end of the world yet and we must gladly admit that this is a good sign, leading to the birth of real good candidates/rightful leaders in the years ahead.

    CONGRATULATIONS…PNP…!!!… and many thanks for your untiring efforts in clearing our thorny journey towards “Matuwid na Daan” May your loved ones will experience now all of the unending blessings from above.

    Posted by pokpo-kikiyang | November 25, 2012, 3:53 pm
    • Dapat COMELEC ti taltalen tayo tapno istriktoan da ti secrecy of ballots. Pati dagita tao da mismo ket dapat haan sumirip iti balota ti botante.

      Posted by Joma | November 25, 2012, 11:09 pm
      • tama lang sa sagut sa taas, pero d naman lahat na taga comelec is tolerating such action of their other members, pati kuma met dagiti politico ket give themselves discipline and respect to those who are exerting effort in making the election a honest, and peaceful election. no problem sana kung binibigyan natin and kunting disiplina and respeto and sarili natin policitiko man o botante.

        Posted by hehehe | December 3, 2012, 5:19 pm
  4. wen tiliwen yo dagita pimmatay kada james bersamin, james bragas, atty demetrio pre, francis acena, ret spo4 orlando laureta ken dadduma pay

    Posted by Kadwa | November 26, 2012, 3:58 am
  5. Provide us information of those wanted persons who are with the Luna’s (if they are) we will strike them like we did to others. Always kc Ganyan Isip nyo every time mag work ang pulis

    Posted by Katsa | November 29, 2012, 10:08 pm
    • Ay pasensyaamon katsa ta tao ti maysa nga mantinidor dagita nagkomentar ti madi dita ngato. No agpatang da ket kunam la no adda naaramidan da uray agsagad man laeng dita paraangan da. Basta trabaho lang. Uray nya patpatangen da basta ti importante ket ammo tayo no inya ti direksyon tayo.

      Posted by PiNikPikan | November 30, 2012, 12:10 am
  6. Go home pinikpikan sa Baguio mga tita abra ayaw ng pinikpikan Wala ka naman ginawa dito kundindumikit dumikit sa mga politico e

    Posted by Popoy | December 2, 2012, 10:42 pm

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