Lagayan, Abra. Days before the deadline (December, 21, 2012) to withdraw or substitute election candidacy, Berna Sibayan Joson reiterate she’s now withdrawing from the Mayoralty post in Lagayan.
In a message sent abrenian.com, Joson also denied allegation that she’s will be substituted by her uncle Antonio Maduli Bilong.
“My own uncle is questioning my domicile”, she wrote. “I was born, grew up, until I finished my studies, in the same barrio where he resides. When we left the barrio for employment opportunities outside Abra he was caretaker to all the properties of our parents (R.I.P.). Imagine, he filed a disqualification case against me for non-residency?”
She said that this is an effort by the camp fo the powerfull Luna clan to intimidate me. “I was born and raised in Lagayan and I will die in Lagaya”, she said. “It is unfortunate that my own uncle is being used by the Lunas”.
“I have no money as much as they have, no guns used to fright and murder, no influence as much influence they exploit, and no power as much they utilize. The only weapon I have and I am sure they do not possess is the principle of righteousness and my determination to change the culture of violence in my birth place”, she said.