from another Media Source. Lots of questions unaswered. For one was the Governor an unwilling participant?:
Irate Abrenians—majority of whom are not exactly famous for their forbearance, vented their anger by engaging in an early celebration of New Year, firing shots into the air. The local police were on the alert with police cars going around the capital town of Bangued but not surprisingly, no one was apprehended precisely because it was pitch dark in many places. Save for a few families who had the benefit of generators, many were sleepless in Bangued, arms stiff due to hours spent furiously fanning themselves.
According to sources, political leaders in the province have engaged in verbal tussle, triggering fears that the word war could escalate into a deadlier exchange considering Abra’s notorious reputation as the stomping ground of assassins, aside from the fact that powerful political dynasties lord it over in the province. The same sources claim that that Abra Gov. Eustaquio “Takit” Bersamin is reportedly refusing to dish out additional funds to bail out the cash-strapped cooperative, having previously lent money (whether from his personal funds or otherwise remains unclear) to settle part of Abreco’s obligations. Besides, the May 2013 elections is almost here, so can’t really blame the guv for holding on to his kitty, Happy Hour sources commented.
Members of the electric cooperative are allegedly demanding the head of general manager Loreto “Jun” Seares Jr., whose promises to settle the cooperative’s obligations and revelations that a mini-hydro project is in the pipeline are now met with a large dose of skepticism, especially since a total of 15 checks issued by Abreco to AP Renewables have all bounced much earlier. Several members of the cooperative trekked to the Abreco facility located in Barangay Calaba in Bangued to hand over a petition for a general assembly to address the mismanagement that is clearly happening given the repeated failure of Abreco to settle its contractual obligations. Not surprisingly, members are likewise agitating for a revamp of officials and the board for obvious reasons.