Sixteen. Supposed to be a sweet number. It’s normally associated with a girl (or boy) blossoming into womanhood (man). A coming out of age party goes with it to celebrate.
But for Abra, Sixteen is no party at all.
For one, Dec. 16 was supposed to be the day when ABRECO Consumers will meet with ABRECO BOD’s and Management to solve the lingering issues of the Cooperative. We now know that the meeting never occured. ABRECO BOD’s rejected the call for a special general assembly because the petitioners didn’t comply with the required 10% signatures of members.
Our folks in Abra are now saying, the December 24 blackout talks is getting louder and people are worried that Abra will once again thrown into the darkness. If this happens, people will be welcoming Christmas with candles and generators.
Another significance of Sixteen is, today is the 16th death anniversary of our Congressman Chito Bersamin. He was shot in the head after standing as one of the principal sponsors at his niece’s wedding at the Mount Carmel Church in New Manila on Dec. 16, 2006. Congressman Chito was well respected and loved (I’ve met him personally on numerous occasions and I see him as a man of few words, very soft spoken and good sense of humor) by Abrenians until his unfortunate and untimely death. Former Gov. Vycsid Valera is now languishing in jail as the primary suspect. Cong. Chito’s family is still excruciatingly awaits for justice to be served.
His death of course changed the political sctructure of the province as Kira Paredes wrote a piece on Who Really Benefit from Cong. Bersamin’s death.
You can call it coincidence, both directly unrelated events but it has affected the lives fo Abrenians. Both are definitely are bitter pills to swallow. – SysOp