Bangued, Abra. Consumers who attended the supposed General Assembly yesterday were dismayed about the outcome. Majority who were present didn’t think the forum did any good to solve the on going issues of ABRECO.
According to our sources the open forum became heated and full of political color as the Lunas (led by Atty. Hans Luna) dominated the said meeting. Atty. Luna again questioned the SP resolution authrozing Governor Takit Bersamin of the use of the Province calamity fund to pay ABRECO’s dues to Aboitiz.
Also yesterday, several ABRECO empoyeed tendered their resignation including the Vice Mayor of Bangued, Allan Seares’ wife Ma. Dympha Seares. On her posting at abrenian.com, Ms. Seares has refuted all allegations leveled against her and her husband. She challenged her detractors to show proof of wrongdoings on their part. “I know my resignation will again be perceived by our detractors as an act of cowardice or as an escape and will be seen as an example of “jumping off the ship when it’s sinking” but i refuse to accept that on the contrary there is this belief of seafarers that when the ship starts to sink some baggage should be thrown out to make it stable again so it can weather the waves, i got the point there’s too much overboard so i needed to get out so that the ship can be afloat.” She said.
There has been raging debates among Abrenians all over the world on what went wrong with ABRECO. Some has argued that the problem did not happen overnight instead it was brewing even before the current management took over. Others disagree. Who ever is right remains to be seen.
Meanwhile consumers are left exasperated as they are caught in this unfortunate gridlock as Abra officials continue finger-pointing at each other.
I’m reposting Pedro Abreno’s Feedback on the General Assembly:
I am one with you, CONCERNED MEMBER. I was at the forum organized by Carmelita Bersalona, Pura Sumangil, the priests and many others. I had every reason not to attend but I consider the problem of grave importance. What can be a more basic necessity than electricity? We have been robbed of the taxes that we paid, many of us have been robbed of their lives and property, and all of us have been robbed of our dignity and self-respect as ABRENOS. Now, we are being robbed of our right to be provided electricity by the same species of people – the hopelessly corrupt and the greedy.
What happened at the DWCB gym yesterday reinforces my belief that we must keep politicians out if we truly want to find a lasting solution to this problem. I have no political alliances because my only alliance is to truth, integrity and respect for the rights of everyone. I did not even know Hans Luna from Adam until he dishonored himself by what he did in front of over 400 consumer/members and an equal number of students, faculty members and priests.
I will never forget when he strode to the michrophone and asked the moderator if he could speak. Having been given the go-ahead, he introduced himself as Hans Luna and said that he is 29 years of age. After that, he lambasted Carmelita Bersalona, Pura Sumangil and even a priest whose name escapes me at this moment. He was all sound and fury and bravado if you will. He said that he wanted the ABRECO management to be changed. Well, who doesn’t. But we are a government of laws and not of men. ABRECO, for all its shortcomings has its own constitution and by-laws and no amount of rabble-rousing coming from his brother, Mayor Ryan and his lap dog, Syd Vasquez can change that.
Is this the kind of person who is aspiring to represent us in Congress? He has no sense of shame. He has misplaced his moral compass and his respect for elders and even priests is gone. It was simply a dumb posture normally taken by born villains. He disrespected himself and he also disrespected us.
Bravado is a texture of character. It does not at all indicate bravery; it implicates quite the opposite. On the other hand the bearers of truth (Carmelita Bersalona, Pura Sumangil and the priest whose name I can’t remember) need no attractive packaging, no sugar-coating, no gloss, no bravado.
Hans Luna was trying to impose his will on those present in the forum and so was his brother, Mayor Ryan, Mayor Marco Bautista and Syd Vasquez. It did not look good and it certainly left a bad taste in the mouth. I believe the people present there, mostly elderly, are not dumb. They will never allow leader wannabes to lead them down the wrong road.
At a time when truth, honesty, morality and dignity have been sacrificed on the altar of personal gain, comfort and expediency, our acts will define who and what we are. Only a citizenry willing to enforce accountability through public clamor and protests in all its forms can end the culture of impunity, be it murder or plunder. The instinct to look the other way erodes the last vestige of any sense of community among us.
As the old song goes, “mountains crumble and rivers run dry”. Change is inevitable. The management of ABRECO must go and they must be held accountable for the mess. Only if these people are placed behind bars can we really learn from this. We must replace them with honest and capable people. To do that, we must keep politicians out together with their evil influence.
A democratic impulse has started to exist and ABRENOS are going to find a way to be heard in new and imaginative ways. Vaclav Havel is right, “Hard as dying for freedom is, even harder is living for it. Hard as it is to blaze forth like a meteor, harder it is to shine like a beacon”. Let us not be afraid. Let us remain steadfast. Let us build shelters in our hearts and havens in our minds. Let us work to be a quiet resplendence emanating through the dark..
I hope to see the rise of more courageous, decent and incorruptible men and women of conscience who will defy moral evil and ambivalence in defense of truth, social justice, godliness and genuine democracy. The price of democracy is personal courage and eternal vigilance. It is written, “For every right that you cherish, you have a duty which you must fulfill. For every hope that you entertain, you have a task that you must perform. For every good that you wish to preserve, you will have to sacrifice your comfort and your ease”. Mabuhay ang ABRENO! mabuhay ang ABRA!