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An open letter to Gov. Takit and Madam Ruby

Here’s a comment from one of our users. I would think it deserves to be posted on our main feed:


For the past two weeks, Abra has borne witness to heavy artillery of statements tossed from your camp to the Abreco management.

The brownout that precipitated all of these has long been gone and electric power has been restored in all the franchise areas of Abreco in the province. Yet the blame game goes on; all fingers are pointed toward Abreco that is relentlessly demonized in the local media and in social networks. Everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown to the hapless cooperative.

Amid the alarm and confusion spawned by your bombardment, the Abreco management is furiously working round-the-clock to survive the financial crisis besetting its operations. All the attack leveled against it would not distract Abreco from the mandate of delivering quality, safe, secure, reliable, and affordable electric power supply to its 40,000 plus member consumers.

If Aboitiz’s intransigence is the Damocles’ sword hanging above Abreco’s neck, your incessant bickering about leadership change is the albatross hovering menacingly over Abreco’s back. We admire your political acumen in riding piggyback on this issue to reap maximum mileage for your re-election campaign. You parlay misery adroitly into publicity points.

On second thought, aren’t you just wagging the dog’s tail, Sir and Ma’am, in order to divert attention from your own imminent Waterloo viz the unfinished Abra provincial hospital project? Just asking. But let us not digress.

Admittedly, the financial woes of Abreco continue to fester for many billing months to come, like an open gangrenous wound that refuses to heal. Well-intentioned leaders like the Congresswoman have already offered their substantial help to salve and save this ailing public utility organization.

Aside from your maneuverings at NEA, PSALM, Aboitiz, and of late at DOE, and your collaboration with certain NGOs all geared toward leadership change in Abreco—what can the Abreños expect from you in order to address the issue on power crisis?

Do you intend to play possum indifferently until the right moment of power grab plays right into your hands? In that case, you may be correct in expecting a lot of pay-offs from this mess. That’s what you are conjugally in power for. (When in control, ponder.)

Or, you could be in for a big surprise if and when the shit in the fan flies back into your matrimonial face. The winds of change alter direction without your knowing it.

You should not wait out for the mess to run its course. Abreco needs all the help it can get, sans your obstructionist posturing, sans your blatant scheming for more power.

In moments like this, you have the rare opportunity to stand tall in exercising statesmanship above the reach of small quarrels and short expectations. You should help Abreco without setting the pre-condition of possessing it.

After all the artillery of harsh words and dubious plans, you can still emerge big in the hearts of Abreños if you can salve and save Abreco too, beyond mere lip service.

To quote Don José María Aruznendiarrieta: “Cooperativism is the affirmation of faith in human beings, in work, in integrity, in human coexistence, all of which are facing constant and progressive improvement.”

We, your constituents, hope and pray for your enlightenment.

Yours sincerely,
Leopoldo P Ardiente


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56 thoughts on “An open letter to Gov. Takit and Madam Ruby

  1. with all due respect (no adda pay nabatbati ah) sir, why don’t you call for an emergency general assembly and tell this piece infront of the 40k plus member consumers, from there you may redeem ur lost integrety ( i doubt if you can still win them back).

    Posted by bunog | December 23, 2012, 7:57 pm
  2. +madamag ko man apo – nangipana ngarud ti abreco diay inutang da nga 12 a milyones a pisos. maysa a mayor ti nangutangan da daytoy

    Posted by dodo | December 24, 2012, 4:08 am
  3. The people in Abra knows what is going on contrary to whatever is written here.

    Posted by Jaypee | December 24, 2012, 9:30 am
    • for d spirit of xmas d first couple shld cnsider ds open letter as public oficials and evaluate themselves if may katotohanan ang nilalaman etong sulat

      Posted by drunken master | December 24, 2012, 9:51 am
      • They explained their side already last Saturday through DZPA. There is nothing much but common sense, they have no hand in the mismanagement of any cooperative and the local executive can only help as much. The problem is purely financial mismanagement. So they say.

        Posted by Jaypee | December 24, 2012, 5:57 pm
  4. But the most excruciating question still remains? Why was the business still in debt for around 400 million if you your honor, perceived as the most knowledgeable adviser of Abreco, was not behind of its cause?
    I want you to answer me straight on my face, sir…not anybody else who will be just pretending to be smart or smarter than you. Was the governor involved directly or indirectly for the falling of Abreco? Does his current meddling designed to save the neck of the Abreco’s officials from further disgrace or humiliation or for just his own hidden shrewd personal interest that may saves Abreco as a whole? Lastly sir, do you think Abreco might still be able to fully recover if assistance from outside sources cease to continue? How long could we rely from this outside sources for monthly assistance? Pardon me further sir, but I don’t want to think that the majority consumers are really that stupid in watching your men collecting their dues while relying from outside sources at the same time, while we could just respect or follow whatever legal remedies in accordance with the existing laws applicable in a situation like this, in order to ease once and for all the boiling hate and disgust presently eating the consumers alive. It’s lot easier than fighting it sir, which might further ruined our dignity, credibility, and respect from President Aquino who is trying very hard to erase the ugly face of our Country. Please forgive me for just expressing my concerns as a disgruntled consumer….My poor and helpless brothers/sisters abrenians as well as our few oppressors, please be brave and try to have a Merry Christmas…and Happy New Year, will you?

    Posted by brave heart | December 24, 2012, 11:33 am
    • Rumors going around in Abra implies that Abreco’ liability is not 400 million but more than 800 million. Lets hope the rumors are wrong. Merry Christmas and God forbid a blackout new year.

      Posted by Jaypee | December 24, 2012, 5:39 pm
      • if u r public oficials n u know by heart d code of ethical standard u might admited d gov shld be held responsible wht had hapen to abreco witingly n unwitingly.

        Posted by drunken master | December 25, 2012, 2:04 am
        • Laissez–fairez. A doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights. A philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action. Beyond that will sort of dictatorship or martial law and the last time I checked, we are still a democracy. There is no such code or ethical standard to allow forcible takeover of business or property except in war. Maybe Abra is not that barbaric not to understand this.

          Posted by Jaypee | December 25, 2012, 8:21 am
      • its useless to discuss as i see it u dnt know d code dats wy u cnt see d acountability of d governor of his people like me who cnt voice out in our sentiments n concerns in an open forum bec we are just an ordinary n helples citizen who rely to an indtividual like d gob .

        Posted by drunken master | December 25, 2012, 6:50 pm
      • its useless to discuss as i see it u dnt know d code of ethical standard of gov oficials dats wy u cnt see d acountability of d governor of his people like me who cnt voice out in our sentiments n concerns in an open forum bec we are just an ordinary govt employee n helples citizen who rely to an indtividual like d gob .

        Posted by drunken master | December 25, 2012, 6:54 pm
  5. Nagadu ket nga sarsaritsiten aya! Basta ti agdama nga problema ti solbarentay kadi . . . kasano nga di nabaybayadan ti electricity nga itited ti aboitiz; madi kadi nga nagbaybayad ti tattao wenno tinakaw ti saan nga katatawan dita abreco? sabali met nga banag deta narpoog nga ospital .. ditay iraman ti problema ti abreco kadi ta di nakarkaro nga malilibeg ti nakaliblibeg nga biag ti abrenios!

    Posted by poldo | December 24, 2012, 12:21 pm
  6. The best defense is offense. The matter concerning the Abra Provincial Hospital of course deserves the people’s immediate attention but it has absolutely nothing to do with the humongous mess at Abreco. If there is any fingerpointing happening today it is being done by the management or should I say the mismangement of Abreco. They blame Aboitiz, they blame the governor and for God’s sake, even the hapless consumer members. They blame everybody except themselves for the deep shit we all find ourserlves in. In case he is suffering from selective amnesia, may i remind Mr. Leopoldo Ardiente that the general mos

    Posted by pedro abreno | December 24, 2012, 6:08 pm
  7. the hottest topic in town….gatherings, kanto groups, barber shops etc…anywhere u go daytoy t mangeg mo nga topiko da….calling gm loreto seares jr….are u just ignoring the call for u to resign or adda kay man ken paquito dta nga agpapaasoken? kitaem ni vice mayor allan, nagresign payen akas bise mayor t bangueden ta mabain t inar aramid yon nga agkabsat dta abrecon….puro kay to met gamin pasikat….my new iphone5, my new car, my new house, my new pet ken dadduma pay nga my new…….bossing allan kasano t kandidatora mon no maawan t abreco kenyayon?

    Posted by bunog | December 24, 2012, 6:26 pm
  8. In case he is suffering from selective amnesia, may I remind Mr. Leopoldo Ardiente that the general manager and the Board of Directors are solely responsible for the affairs of Abreco. in his quotation on cooperativism, the key word is “integrity”, a quality that the general manager and the members of the board of directors sorely lack. It is a cold fact that the general manager has turned Abreco into the Seares Electric Cooperative. They have hired even in-laws as consultants. These in-laws have clearly abused the provision of free fuel, thereby resulting in the irregularly high fuel expense of the cooperative. It is high time the general manager and the members of the board of directors take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror if they truly want to see the people responsible for this mess. It is time to face the music. Judgement day has come. This warning likewise goes to all government officials in Abra. The long-suffering people of Abra have had it up to their neck. They have had enough of your corrupt ways.Surely your corrupt ways cannot go on forever. God knows everything and He sees everything. May God have mercy of your souls.

    Posted by pedro abreno | December 24, 2012, 6:27 pm
  9. To My fellow Abrenians lets observed until Dec.27.If Abreco cannot pay their bills,let me tell everyone that i am willing to shred 1 billion pesos to pay Abrecos obligation but all i want is all the ABRA government officials will resign immediately from Congressman to Barangay councilman of Abra.to paved way a new Abra.Enough is enough you better get all belongings and out of Abra you Government Officials.Hope its a good deal to all of us Abrenians

    Posted by DonDon Faculdo | December 25, 2012, 8:57 am
  10. Ti man damagek, kakabsat, no apay nga iramramanda ditoy nga mess ti gobernador ken misisna? Apay possible kadi met nga uray no awan ti bibiangda ti pannakamanage ti Abreco, makibingbingayda ti taktakawen daguita mangmanmanage ti Abreco? Saan ngata met. Ammo tay amin nga padapada ti aramid daguiti agtuturay ditoy Abra. Saanko nga kanunongan ti aramid nga rinoker daguiti politikos . . agraman gobernador. Ngem no ania ti issue ken gobernador, sabali nga istorya. Issue ti Abreco, sabali nga istorya. Saantayo nga pabasolen wenno iraman ti abreco mess ti gobernador no dina kayat ti AGPABOLOD TI KUARTA ti probinsya nga pagbayad ti utang ti abreco! Maypangguep ti deta ospital ti pangtaltalantayo kenni gobernador.

    Posted by ballitongeg | December 25, 2012, 12:47 pm
  11. Gov TakeIT & madam X, how do you justify the 41m aph medical & drug supplies for 1 year expenses. Everybody knows that NOT even single iota of kapas or martayolate is available, let alone medicines. Por dios por santo panay puroganansya ken I-Bulsamin yo met ngamin kenni Madam X’n. All good things will come to an END! Patingga met ti takaw yon. Agriing ka ABRa.

    Posted by Omnibus | December 25, 2012, 1:51 pm
  12. Ti met makuna ti sangkabassit nga panunot ko ket kastoy: haan tayo nga ipabasol ken juan ti basol ti pedro. gm seares and gob takit are two different individuals. maymaysa laeng met nga partido to paggapgapuan ti komento panggep dita ospital. politics man daytan. Kuna ti maysa nga political expert: haan mo nga perdien ti kalaban mo ngem ketdi mangipakita ka ti maysa nga banag nga pagtuladan da. hehehehe..diak maaw-awatan ti ibagbagakon kakailyan. ngem maymaysa laeng nga pamilya ti mangkitkitkit ti ospital. kasla koma ken madam cesi immay ditoy san quintin ket ospital manen ti topiko na, anian aya ta mapeste ak payen nga agdengdengngeg. dapat na koma ti patangen na ket tay plano na ti abra ngem tay met pakaperdiayan ti kalabanna. damagek laeng man ania ngata met ti maipannakel daytoy nga pamilya. searesluna. seares da pay laeng so nga adda ti dara da ti mangmangan ti kwuarta ti publiko. dayta laeng met a ti magaw-at ko kakabsat

    Posted by san isidro | December 25, 2012, 3:00 pm
    • nasayaat ti ada critico ti maysa nga govt oficial ti agdama nga set up ti gobierno tau tapnu ada makuna nga chk n balance dayta hospital dapat lng makalampag ni gob kc loan deta ngem til ita awan py pasyente na uray maysa

      Posted by jr | December 27, 2012, 4:40 pm
  13. Aguray kayo maulawakon….Kasano nga searesluna ket nagresigned sa met nga vice mayor ni seares ket isun sa met ti katiket tattan ni dominic valera nga vice na? bersamin-seares kunam koma ngem saan sa met?
    Isu nga seares-valera ti aggayem tattan, valera-bersamin agpada da nga liberal party, luna sinno ti gayyem na ken apay nga saan nga aggayem da seares ken bersamin ket agpada dan sa met nga liberal party?
    Makaulaw….. ilawlawag yo man bassit apo no sinno nga talaga ti aggagayyem ken saan kadakuada itan?

    Posted by tontoning | December 25, 2012, 4:06 pm
  14. another clown in the making if thats the case….

    Posted by palileng | December 26, 2012, 11:15 pm
  15. am sorry JR but i have no time entertaining irrational ideas from an irrational person…..its just a waste of time….

    Posted by palileng | December 27, 2012, 6:03 pm
  16. why you keep on pushing someone to do the job for u jr n eric, where in fact u two are directly affected with all those humiliating issues and concerns…..my only role here is to observe and comment in this thread….i have my own battle to win guys….bangued doesn’t need another clown to entertain them eric!

    Posted by palileng | December 27, 2012, 9:31 pm
  17. Our beloved kakailian,We are on the process to convince President Aquino to help us in pursuit to clean up the mess happening in Our Province Abra.We are doubling up Dondon Faculdo offer to two billion Pesos to paved way for a tinguian government this time.Enough is enough you ilocan doing abuse to us tinguians,now we had a lots lots of money to drive you all now out to our native province.We are from European union and western America Tinguian Groups who is longing a long long time change.We regroup as one as our grand grand parents want us to do.We are demanding from Congress woman to Brgy councilman to resign to restore what the ilocan stole from us who is Tinguian who deserved to be respected in our own beloved Abra province.We will pay all Abra Deficiency.As soon the President Aquino intervene

    Posted by Leonardo Tuzon | December 27, 2012, 9:52 pm
    • go mr tuzon am wd u revolution. lets put them all in a gas chamber.

      Posted by eric shawn | December 27, 2012, 11:01 pm
    • WIth all due respect, I don’t believe we have a clear choice in the congressional race. Somera has been in politics for decades. You have to be blind not to see that he has enriched himself in office. While the great majority of Abrenos are wallowing in poverty, he has accumulated ill-gotten wealth. When he presided over the meeting between the SP and Abreco, he did nothing but sit on his fanny trying to look good but failing miserably. On the other hand, Hans is just another clown coming from the Seares-Luna family. There is an old adage that says, “The fruit does not fall far from the tree”. Need I tell you how rotten the Seares-Luna tree is? There is simply no choice because we cannot even go for the lesser evil since hoth are equally evil. It’s not unlike choosiing between the devil and the deep blue sea.

      Posted by pedro abreno | December 28, 2012, 3:21 am
  18. Hey kabagyan…please don’t try to create an unnecessary division here. I am a Tingguian too but remember we are all Abrenians now with respect to our public domain law or any laws applicable herewith unless you want to go to Congress and fight for our segregation from our beloved province. Although both Ilokans and Tingguians were just invaders here (we originated from Malaysia, China, Indonesia, etc. according to Dr. L. Tuazon and we just drove out the Igorots) which Tingguians came first, it doesn’t mean that we can drive out now the Ilokans?
    Consider those inter-marriages that continue to produce both bloods and I am afraid that they are the first to shut up your mouth if you won’t stop attacking their loved ones or beloved parents that fell in love regardless of blood. Are you going now to discriminate LOVE too? If not, I am advising you as one of my brothers in Christ and in our tribe to ask public apology to those you have offended with your comments here.
    You were supposed to blame our past generation who allowed themselves to be pushed up in the mountains instead of standing up their grounds for any abuses in their midst that were brought up. They prepared to stay out of trouble by adopting the “mind your own business or obet nan wasawasan nan” attitude but now things have changed differently like your courage in expressing your thoughts or your love to our tribe but, if you are following the articles or comments of Rimat Ti Abra and Dr. Leo Tuazon, you will be amazed to find out that they are kind of rare breed trying to UNITE all Abrenians regardless of blood to find our REAL FRONT LEADERS that could make our province the best place on earth to live by and proudly die with dignity and respect.
    Now, are you willing to step up to the plate and join us in searching replacement of these thief politicians, untrusted judicial courts, dishonest COA personnel and other perpetrators of injustices that making our life miserable or you still want us to be independent like the Muslim does?

    Posted by uneducated guest | December 28, 2012, 11:01 am
  19. The above comment was my humble reply to kabagyan Leonardo Tuzon’s deep concerns driven by his burning love to his tribe and beloved province . Although it appears admirable and impressive but I hate to say that it’s not acceptable because DISCRIMINATION of any sort has now universally debunked, outlawed, or despised by all nations of different colors and beliefs in the entire world. My sincere apology…..

    Posted by uneducated guest | December 28, 2012, 11:32 am
  20. One in a million in Abra that a tinguian and ilocan can mix together by majority.open your eyes and look on the facts of reallity.Do Abra has a Congressman or a Governor who comes from a pure Tinguian family.When we where young we come down from the mountains and come to educate ourselves in Bangued and the people who are ilocan when they see us ,it looks like we dont exist in their world.We are treated like nothing.and thats the key to drive us out cause we are poor.Now that we have everything in our hands you are telling us about discrimination and unite wherein this words are the words thats drive us out from our beloved province of Abra.Do you believed in the saying WHAT GOES AROUND WILL COMES AROUND,whether you like it or not Uneducated Guest its our turn.

    Posted by The Turning point of Flame In Abra | December 28, 2012, 2:30 pm
  21. WARNING! Please comment on the current story. Anymore comment about Tinguians and Ilokans will be deleted.


    Posted by SysOp | December 28, 2012, 10:04 pm
  22. WHO IS this very articulate Leopoldo P Ardiente?

    Most of what you said went over my head! Mind using plain everyday English now that you have proven to most of us your command of the language. I am getting a nosebleed reading your article! I am running out of my wife’s Tampons to stick in my nostrils! Diablis ketdi!

    Being a 5th grade dropout could be a real handicap. If ma fren Kasti were here, he certainly would have been more than able to translate for me! Unfortunately, he is lost at sea after his balsa hit an iceberg crossing the Atlantic trying to find his disappeared honey in Europe!! hehehe

    Posted by Insti | December 29, 2012, 2:02 pm
  23. Adda man ngatan na-angot yo nga panguarta anen.Adda kayman amin ditoy asibay ni Itneg gen.Hay Ilokan kaano kayto aya nga makasorsoro.ni Itneg nagbasan saanen nga mottaleng nga kasla idi tiempo ni Mahoma

    Posted by Ogg-sah | December 30, 2012, 12:27 pm
  24. La agrinokrokkayon, bulastog daguitoy! IItnog kada itneg . . ilokan kada ilokano . . uray no sinnokayo . . sumelasu. adda buakaw. adda lastog. adda atcheng. adda mono. adda turpe. parehokayo met la nga agpatorayok. agsida boggoong. agdildil ti asin ken agsultop bisokol ken BENNEK!

    Posted by del pat | January 3, 2013, 1:21 pm
  25. Saan tayo Koma nga ipangas no ilocano tayo wenno itneg, ta maymaysa tayon. Abrenio, kristiyano ken Ammo tayo aminen ti agilocano. Patasen ti biag, adal ken pannakaammo ti Dios ken ti Mangisalakan. To question , no ex cong cecy nga mistza ilocano tinguian, ni mayor Mailed Molina nga pure Tinguian, ni ex gov Vcyd a pure Ilocano, nasasayaat kadi ti panagturay ngem ti kaduan nga politico? Ni gov Takit, to be fair, nasaysayaat kadi ngem dagiti tallo? Kitaenyo ti naaramidanda, ket datayon ti manghusga.

    Adda Amin kasoda dagitoy nga agtuturay . Patas, Ilocan wenno tinguian, narasi ti sulisog, kangrunaan ti sulisog ti panagayat ti kuarta. But they are all considered innocent until proven guilty. Daytoy nga election maikkantayo ti gundaway nga agpili. Sapay koma ta mapili diay nasaysayaat, performance wise and peace loving candidates.

    Posted by Tagamasid | January 7, 2013, 12:43 am
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