I am reprinting here the Open Letter to President Benigno Aquino III from a group in Facebook. I am not quite sure if this group is working to have this letter get the personal attention of the President. Nevertheless we should support this cause or any cause that will FINALLY end dirty politics in Abra. I encourage our users to join this group.
YOUR EXCELLENCY, BENIGNO AQUINO III MARIA LOURDES SERENO
President of the Philippines Supreme Court Chief Justice
DILG SECRETARY, MAR ROXAS
DEPT. OF JUSTICE SECRETARY, LILIA DE LIMA
ESTEEMED GOVERNMENT LEADERS:
It has come to our knowledge that the PNP Chief, Nicanor Bartolome, will soon be retiring and such development in the PNP might trigger movements of personnel within the PNP. We are also very much aware that last year, PNP finally took a serious look at what is happening in Abra under the close supervision of PNP’s Regional Director for the Cordilleras, General Benjamin Magalong and the Provincial Director, Colonel Alexander Rafael.
Gen. Magalong had been in office as Regional Director for only over a year but we have observed more measures to promote the peace and order condition in Abra than we have ever seen in the last 8 years, at the very least. In 2011 alone, before Gen. Magalong’s assignment to Abra, violent deaths have gone over 300 in number. Abra has been called the “Killing Fields of the North”, the “Haven of Private Armed Groups”, “Breeding Ground of Hired Killers” and many other unsavory names. It did not help our province at all that no significant and meaningful prosecution and dispensation of justice with strong deterrent impact on the wrong-doers took place in our province in recent years. Warrants of arrests remain outstanding for the most part and people are just plain scared to come forward as witnesses for fear of retribution and retaliation.
Recently, United for Abra, a facebook group of Abranians concerned about the continuing killings in Abra took a more proactive stance to cooperate with the PNP. Some members paid for banners, tricycle stickers and flyers that disseminated several PNP telephone numbers designated by Gen. Magalong and Col. Alexander Rafael as hotline numbers. As reported in the national newspapers recently, people now use the hotline numbers that have led to increased and faster arrests of criminal perpetrators, including those who carry unauthorized firearms. Of those apprehended and detained, we still have to see their speedy and successful prosecution before the court of law and meted out with the appropriate penalties for their crimes so that people once again believe that we have a working and effective justice system in Abra.
As the elections approach, we are sure that reports have come to your attention over the attempts of some political candidates to influence the turnout of votes by attempting to register what we usually call “flying voters” and brazenly harass the local Comelec Registrar, no less.
We appreciate the measures implemented by Gen. Magalong and Col. Rafael, like detailing more PNP personnel in the capital town of Bangued, quick response time to reports of crimes and loose firearms and firmly enforcing the law regardless of whether the application is on politician’s private armed groups. While we see now an improved peace and order condition in Abra, we note however that the situation is still quite fragile. If there has to be a reorganization of the PNP before the elections, we respectfully request that Gen. Magalong and Col. Alexander Rafael be retained in their respective positions until the peace and order condition in the province has been stabilized and that political candidates and other elements would no longer be in a position to exert their undue influence on the PNP ranks and to manipulate the election results.
We are also requesting that the Secretary of Justice review the backlog at the local fiscal’s office and if necessary augment the personnel in that office so that criminal charges against wrong-doers are filed in court more expeditiously.
Finally, we also request the SC Chief Justice to investigate whether the local courts of Abra are performing as they should and to check into the judges’ dockets if such are excessively clogged up and if so, to decongest such by whatever means the SC Chief Justice deems necessary.
Thank you for your kind attention.
Very truly yours,
On the surface, this is a noble idea. Ngem no i-analyse yo daytoy ket very political in nature. Maysa llet daytoy petition letter is being initiated by die hard Bersamin supporters so the governor can preserve his position. May mga moves si Magalong na questionable dito. Gaya nung pagpatay kay Bersalona kahit madaming pulis na naka antabay.
Mukhang magka-sangga si Gob takit at Magalong (with the help of his friends on facebook) para ma-neutralize ang mga Luna.
ti makunak? boodshed. Ang mga innocenteng abrenian na naman ang nasa gitna.
is ABRENIANS open letter to P NOY embodies all abrenians sentiments and views? Or it is the idea of a bersamins follower as JOKER had insinuated? why the retention of the two top PNP honchos were mentioned? it reeks with an odor that is offensive to our nostrils !we are contented with the performance of of those two officers and whoever replaces them,has our support and confidence.
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Well done Abrenian for this initiative. Only then our worries and fears will be heard by His Excellency President B Aquino. Media is our ultimate weapon to counter and address these issues.
Carry on the excellent work Gen Magalong and Col. Rafael. Let there be peace!
I’m really impressed with your Resourcefulness sir
Sysop! Topics of great value for the betterment of abra seem endless. Your initiative together with the innovations adopted by RD Magalong are bringing hope for Abra. Hopefully the suggestions mentioned in this open letter will be considered by the president with the immediate actions of secs. Rosas n de Lima. From experiences, peace n order in Abra deteriorated partly because our local courts seemed not performing well .
I commend the face book group of their initiative to air abrenios’ general sentiments on major issues affecting the lives of the people of Abra. It’s about time that the zeal and vigor of our fellow abrenios be resuscitated and be the binding force which would heal the wound of this province. While Joker opined that the said initiative may be politically motivated, I believed otherwise. The abrenios was surprisingly impressed with the PNP in performing their responsibility to protect the people of Abra against these fugitives from justice. The arrest of these criminals should have been done long before had the PNP want it to. TO PNP: Serve Abrenios objectively. Good job Gen. Magalong.
The organizers’ loyalty is questionable. They are rescuing the Bersamins because they are in trouble.
Ti masilian, magasangan.
Now that the community and PNP elements are doing their part, a closer look should be focused on the prosecution and the courts. If fiscals and judges can be bought, citizens’ vigilance and police efforts are put to naught.
pls include problems on Abreco management to the dept of energy and to pnoy.dec 12 disconection date again.walang magawa itong gov at cong natin.seating pretty parin ang manager ng Abreco.d pala nakatapos sa college ito,pano sya magmanager?puro luxury cars minamanage eh.lintik abreco management and bod.dipa narinig ang boses ni manager loreto seares ni minsan! Haana amo agpatang ken ag explain daytoy a tao.
Agpaagas kuma detan a GM Jay hospital da, nadamag ko ket nag breakdown kanu j manila ni gm kasla lugan na nagbreakdown kakabiyahe!!! Nyahaha! Dan sa ket PSYchiatric problem nan manager abreco awan babain mo salbag
joker is rayt ni Magalong ti head ti PAGS ni Takit
If DILG Sec. Mar Rojas could read the above Petition and act swiftly to put in prison our current elected provincial and municipal officials which are perceived to be all corrupts, there’s no doubt in my mind that he will become our next President! This mass prosecution that will lead to mass imprisonment will become the most worldwide favorite topic in the grapevine, which even most if not all leaders of the world will be disturbed and spending sleepless nights by just thinking how in the world he had successfully done.