Tuesday, March 19, 2013
REALITY check, the province of Abra becomes popular because of murder. “Barilan dito, barilan doon,” this is how people tag Abra. I cannot blame them because they seldom hear or watch good news about this place. For sure, it will be popular again because of the upcoming election.
As a son of Abra, I feel bad for the misconceptions and criticisms I hear when people ask me where I am from. People tend to judge me depending on what they hear, a war freak. Sometimes they don’t believe me when I say my province is also nice because of the stories they hear, saw and read. This is the most dangerous province in the North especially during election period, well I admit that politics is a very hot issue.
Click and read for more …http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/opinion/2013/03/19/speak-out-abra-murder-capital-north-273758http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/opinion/2013/03/19/speak-out-abra-murder-capital-north-273758http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/opinion/2013/03/19/speak-out-abra-murder-capital-north-273758
That Abra gets tagged that name, and that Abra is on its back foot in national news’ ”peace and order department”, it’s from several factors:
A) When national media sensationalises it, the local media hardly does anything to respond to or counter it (they keep mum or they tolerate it, for whatever reason there is);
B) Those who read about it are too cynical to do anything and ‘just cannot be bothered’ by it (in short, they are apathetic) ;
C) Some of those who read it and can do something about it nurture the odd ball of taking pride in being likened to the ‘wild wild west’ and would gloat about it;
D) Those local territorials who strut around like their shit don’t stink when they’re in the province have their tails between their legs when not in their turfs and since the name-tagging is outside their ‘territory’ they simply let it be;
E) Those who care are frylings whose voices hardly get heard so they kowtow in resignation to whatever term of black endearment the national media cast their way.
F)Worst of all is: those who call themselves ‘Abrenians-who-care’ are apologetic about being so (for whatever insidious notion of inferiority/superiority there is that they harbour). They are first to kick the ass of a fellow-Abrenian who is down and are also the first to castigate their own. In so doing they invite further castigation from others to their own people and province.
Even with the above, the name tagging is prejudicially judgmental!
And darn it is because Cavite is wilder, Las Pinas and Paranaque are sleazier, Sulu and Zamboanga are by far blood thirstier, Isabela, Davao, Palawan and many others are hardly the better sweethearts of places that their residents spout in their tourism-marketing spiels.
Abrenians speak up!
Marlon, Agree ak dita kunam.
that was an old issue na wala bng bagong ndwsfeed for us to coment
Okay I’ll speak up Marlon…
This humiliating impression must put to an end now. How? some grapevine members here suggested that we will only vote those ideal candidates leaving blank for the boxes intended for the questionable or thief candidates from the barangay up to the provincial level. If the total number of votes garnered by the thief candidates are very very low, this goes to show that our voters are really wiser now than ever and really want to vomit these kind of candidates/politicians giving enough courage for the real ideal candidates to run for the next election or on 2016. On my part, I only vote just one candidate in my municipality and the rest is blank or empty. Who cares no one will find out anyway?
So, our NGOs and the different religious denominations should educate every voter to vote only the candidate/s they think honest and just ignore the rest. They can take the politicians’ money (he..he..after all that was his money that stolen from him by the politician through ghost payroll, etc. he..he..) and just skip his name in the ballot box. When he will be confronted by the losing candidate after the election, he will just employ the power of white lies (which majority of us are good at) or implies that maybe his ballot was disqualified for any reasons beyond his control.
If this experiment is successful and could entice our coward but honest politicians to strengthen their balls on 2016 election, I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t turn our province 360 degrees that lead once and for all for the disappearance of those negative impressions against us.
But wait, what if these alleged good and honest politicians that we voted this election and the following election would still fail us? Then, we need again to draw another back-up plan thereafter just in case.
: VIDEO Cong Joy Bernos table at Republiq dance club. April 2011. Watch girl hide the nameplate. #Philippines @ABSCBNNews http://yfrog.us/5yi8ez”
That’s true. We have a different situation as of his moment. Thanks to all stakeholders. Kaya pala natin maging peaceful.
Oww..come on…let’s face or accept the truth. We couldn’t just be a coward for the rest of our life in not telling the truth that the real cause of this killings is Corruption…corruption…..corruption……
Politicians could intimidate/bribe COA for the smooth pocketing of government funds and with their prostituted wealth they could hire killers to silence their political foes. With the protection of criminal courts and other law enforcements and the reluctance of corruption courts to imprison them or even just to file a lawsuit as a warning because they too were equally corrupts perhaps, are the contributing factors. Worse, not only killings that kills the Abrenians but also our empty stomach or health problems that develops, ignorance or deprivation of justice due to lack of complete education or free legal assistance, or in short we are suffering excruciating poverty. Our lives is in a very miserable pitiful situation which could all be blamed or attributed to our THIEF government servants, whether they were elected or not.
We therefore urge our NGO for good governance to bribe in the guise of lobbying expenses our lawmakers in both chambers to pass a law or laws that may the province recover from its worldwide negative impressions. Some may say that we already have enough laws but the problem is just the implementation. Well, I couldn’t agree more but how about striding one more step by twisting the arms of our lawmakers with an envelope secretly handed to their secretaries to introduce with moro-moro debate for the following to become laws:
1. All COA personnel and private project Contractors should undergo now a polygraph and psychological tests to determine if the government would trust them further;
2. The dreadful effects of Corruption should be planted in the minds of our youth through nationwide information drive which will be conducted by the PNP/AFP themselves and be included now in the curriculum of all school levels from elementary up to college; and
3. Government local officials should not be receiving now National funds (foreign aids maybe) for their socio-economic developmental projects for this is just a duplication of what already tasked to the different national agencies. All they need to do is to harass these national agencies for the implementation of their socio-economic projects and sue them if they refuse to allow the public in peeping their financial and accomplishment reports.
If this will all be done, I am sure it’s a permanent goodbye to corruption and killings and thanks for this website of giving us an unending opportunity in airing our grievances or pitiful circumstances. Thanks for reading….
Apay ni apo gobernador ti damag ket nag retire Kano nga Ada 1.5 million dollars na t isu met ti Adan ti saln na , husto ngAta wenno Saan?
gobernador manen? nya deta desperado move? masapul nga perdien t kalaban ta nakapsot kayo? off topic ka met, ipasaksak mo latta!
ignore them nu talaga nakapsot da ti dakes very afected si bos takit dahl gagastos sya
Paging the powers that be….please delete out of topic posts.
Eustaqiou Bersamin is retired police in Los Angeles California, kaya Hindi natin husgaan ng kung ano ano.Marami. lang naiinggit sa ating mahal na governador.
Murder capital ti topic, apay nga napan ken Govah ti saritaan?
Folks, folks, can we get right back on track – onto the topic: Abra being PREJUDICIALLY TAGGED as “murder capital of the North”.
The intent of sensationalism is obvious; media’s propensity to stir up and provoke (out of bribed-out malice, maybe?) is at work here.
The events referred are questionable in context: similar events and even worse ones have happened in other God-forsaken places, such as previously mentioned locations and more. But the media has to pick on Abra! Why? Won’t anyone lambast the media for that?
We- Abrenians may not be saints (far from it) but the media ( especially one that is outside our territory and is simply blind-groping to know about the place and us – Abrenians) has no right to pick on us and isolate us under the category of ‘the worst!’.
Naboyak ti news nga ti kagulwan maypanggep ti ELECTION HOT SPOT ket Abra, Samar, Maguindanao ken Masbate… Eh iso met nga talaga apo ti kinapodno.. agibasbasar da ti numero ti matmatay no tyempo ti botos.
I tell you what, kakabsat. Let’s talk about the claim that ABRA is a HOT SPOT in COMPARISON with other provinces. And where did our media people get their statistics? Plucked off rootless Longboy trees that are nonetheless growing and spreading like wildfire in their wild imaginations?
They could not have definitive statistics except assumptions and whatever guesses they are fed with. Talk about Crime per capita – is there any reliable record of that?
I do not think so. We do not even have any reliable population statistics. How reliable could records be when many births and deaths are not reported or recorded? These statistics are necessary for any record-worth its salt, to be obtained in order to have a reliable comparative statistics as basis for judgment. So how can factual ratios and proportions- which are necessary elements in getting reliable basis of comparison for judging a place (Abra for instance) as being in good-better-best or bad-worse-worst category be feasible? NOT! That’s why the name-tagging is either a malicious bid for controversy, a drummed-up gimmick for sensationalism or plain crapology. And it’s simply one other proof that some media sectors take on the role of judge and executioner and are willing tools for corruptology. (So help us all God!) .
Bull crap! The media is just over sensationalizing the past violent period in Abra so they can sell ads or paper. Situation in Abra has improved considerably over the past couple of years. I think the people and some politicians have evolved!
I hope I haven’t spoken too soon. What do you think, Balinsuek?
Ti maysa nga basehan ngamin apo ket tay kinaado iti PAGs idi. Ngem ita ket nagsisurrender da metten dagiti kaaduan a miembro. Dakkel metten iti improvement ti peace and order. No adda insidente, araken iti pulis. Siguro idi agpayso nga murder capital ngem ita a ket saanen.
As Michael Levy noted, “You can bend it and twist it…misuse it and abuse it…but even God cannot change the truth”. Abra – The Murder Capital of the North ( the why and the wherefore). Let me start by saying that the North means Northern Luzon and therefore provinces outside Northern Luzon cannot be considered.
If my memory serves me right, more or less, a decade ago, a three-part series entitled “The Assassins of Abra” graced the front page of the Philippine Star for three consecutive days. In that three-part series, the writer interviewed scions of two political clans in Abra. All of those interviewed were very young then. It was not by accident that the writer chose these personalities because the common denominator was they all belonged to the two most violent political families in Abra. The names of these personalities were not mentioned but when you read the whole interview, there were so many give-aways, you had to be dense not to know who these people are.
In that interview, one of them said that the first time he murdered a political opponent, he could not sleep because his conscience bothered him. But after the second time, it was just like killing chickens. Another one said that he had no remorse in killing political opponents because politics in Abra was a dog-eat-dog world and if he didn’t do it, he would die because they considered politics as war. Still another one boasted that whenever they entered any restaurant in Bangued, diners would leave because people fear them. By the way, one of those interviewed has already met his Maker, giving credence to the dictum that “He who lives by the sword shall perish by the sword”. Be that as it may, the damage had been done. The image of Abra was stained by a few misguided scions of politicians who became politicians themselves.
After that interview came a pattern of primal lawlessness worth pondering better than merely inquiring. Politicians bankrolled murder as a policy to get rid of their opponents. Nowhere in the world is murder acceptable. In Abra, then, no one spoke up. People just looked at one another. Meanwhile, the body count rose. The record of the PNP then, in solving murders was there for all to see. It was a stunning record of failure, or was it a record of complicity? Stolen government funds found their way into the pockets of motorcycle-riding hoodlums who murdered people with wild abandon. There was a surreal human propensity to prop up positions of power and privilege with the pain of vulnerable people. In Abra then, crooked politicians and crooked government officials shared a willingness to lay down lives, the lives of others, of course, not their own or their children’s. The lives of ordinary Abrenos then, ended where their pockets began.
For several years in this benighted land, murders most foul were being committed as much in the piercing light of day as in the dead of the night. Picture this – a motocycle with two men riding in tandem with the man riding behind as the triggerman; after pumping bullets into their victims, they speed away, vanishing into thin air – a scene hauntingly familiar in those days of darkness. It was a pattern too clear to ignore and yet the PNP, then, remained clueless.
What particulary troubled us then was the astonishing level of coordination and precision. They struck and moved out with blinding speed. If they did not belong to some political faction, how did they choose their targets and how did they direct their thugs to places they picked out? Clearly the questions point to a mastermind, the author of the murderous frenzy. All these made it easy for us to see these lawless animals as no more than bile and phlegm in the body that agitated the whole community.
The incidents may have looked on the surface distinct and disparate. But there is a common thread that links them together like a single element in a pattern – they were brazen and characterized by treachery and cowardice. They can only be the handiwork of savages who believe they are above the law and they probably were. When politicians are in power for so long, they act as though they own the position. They feel they are part of the furniture in the offices they hold. They think they can pass on the positions to their wives and children. Woe to those who believe otherwise and woe to those who get in their way.
For years, concerned thinking individuals have asked the plaintive question, “Can Abra still be saved”? Extreme poverty, brazen corruption, social injustice, the breakdown of values, and murders most foul – just how much more suffering can our people take? Even as we pray that the cup of suffering be taken away, we found our fellow Abrenos in a deep coma – tired and apathetic, no longer able to pray and fight for what is right and for what is due them.
But today there is hope. For the first time in recent memory, we have a professional and honest PNP leadership in both the provincial and regional level. They say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Today, we enjoy relative peace. Justice may finally come to widows and orphans. Justice is a very powerful force for peace. We must support all efforts to see that justice is done every single time. We cannot deny victims’ families one element essential to their claim of justice – the right to send their murderers to prison or to the death chamber.
Only if we, the freedom-loving Abrenos commit to reclaiming Abra from the hands of its rapists can we see hope again. Abra cannot remain dead and buried. Let us not allow the forces of darkness to prevent Abra’s rise from the grave. In the coming elections, let us cast a vote for peace. Let us strike a blow against those who murder to sow fear and terror.
NO, my fellow Abrenos, Abra is not the murder capital of the north anymore. The future is ours. Let us not allow a few misguided politicians to take away our future. The time to act is NOW.
tama ka joma, isnt it that even the PNP in their presentation of peace and order situation of abra, you are not using anymore the murder capital of the north because it has a bad perception to the other stakeholders.
Yes because everything about the term is negative and we need nothing of it.
That’s one hell of a piece of mind, Pedro Abreno – one thorough dissection of a not so distant past that read like episodes of oemerta-coded Sicilan Mafia regime.
Tag or no tag, you concur that Abra once thrived as a hellhole for political lawlessness and human soul-lessness. Yet, you wager that all has never been lost. You pin faith on the present time and you trust the rise of hope even when such is least expected. Such optimism, while it is noble, can however be dangerous. As it could also be faulty heroism to be trusting.
In which case, it is just fitting that denigrating media allegations (via sensationalised articles, controversialized write ups) about the province should not be passed up unanswered. Granted that to the insider (every Abrenian) Abra has been the equivalent of a devil’s lair sometime in the not-so-distant past, this name-tag is being bestowed by someone from the outside who probably knows dickshit about the province, its people and its history. Heck, if ever by chance that they could be right in their guess-accusation, then they’d just as well earn the right to name-tag Abra as such or write about it by proving their facts historically and statistically. Abra, under any circumstance deserves no less than what is fair, civil and humane.
I hate cliche . . . murder capital . . . murder capital. Apo congress-lady (lady kunak met a ta maymayat ti ayona). di la mabalin nga mangipasaksakka ti motion diay congress nga baliwantay la ti nagan ti filipanasen iti Republic of Murder. Ta imbes nga Quezon City ti capital toy bassit nga nasion ket Abra laengen.
The issue here is why Abra tagged as “Murder capital of the North”?
Can we focus our concerns here just for a while and share what we know for the whole world or our own next generation to understand WHY instead of diverting our attention to other important subjects? Look, others were already sharing but how about you peeping Tom or eavesdropper?
Maybe through your input our present/next generation might be able to devise some plans that could finally erase this embarrassing tag once and for all.
“We must all learn to live together as brothers. Or we will perish together as fools”……Martin Luther King Jr.
WE MUST NEVER LOSE INFINITE HOPE
Nothing is permanent in this world. The shameful image of abra is not an exception. Sad to accept we were victims of the power of darkness, the lovers of money who valued wealth above rights and human lives. I claim that we were only under the dark days until the last quarter of 2012 when violence abruptly stopped until this ist quarter, a whooping half year where violent deaths were not reported. This is a beautiful part of the history of Abra which we should maintain at any cost.
Many accusations were hurled against gov. Takit. As human being, he has shortcomings, but records shows that he works together with PNP n other law enforces to achieve the peace n order we are enjoying now. I also give credits to mayor Ryan for his positive response to call of reform innetiated by outstanding regional PNP chief, sir Magalong. Of course, everything is only possible thru our collective efforts n prayers.
Tagamasid, Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote this – CHANGE IS THE ONLY PERMANENT THING IN THIS WORLD. You may disagree if you take it literally.
I absolutelty agree with you TAGAMASID. But the nagging question is, where was Gov. Takit during the last five and a half years when people were being butchered, at times, on an almost daily basis? What did Gov. Takit, a candidate then for governor do when the crooked Gen. Martin and his stooges were violating the rights of Abrenos at checkpoints all over Bangued? Not even under the pretext of enforcing law and order can our basic rights be trampled upon. Gen. Martin even spoke on radio to tell people to open the trunks of their vehicles if they had nothing to hide. That is a blatant violation of our right to be secure in our persons, a violation of our right against unreasonable and unlawful searches. Nary a whimper came from Eustaquio Bersamin, the presumptive candidate for governor. The checkpoints were set up outside the homes of the supporters of then Gov. Vicsyd Valera. In fact, at Santiago St. in Zone 2, two checkpoints were set up within almost spitting distance of each other. There was however this white pick-up truck, machinegun with tripod on its roof driving around Bangued, lending credence to the suspicion of residents that the checkpoints were being implemented on a selective basis. Is there a separate law for the the rich and powerful and another for the ordinary peace-loving Abrenos? In Ubbog, I was told to get out of the car and I was frisked. I was ordered to open the trunk and glove compartment of my car. I was asked where I came from and where I was going. Mind you, I was the only male passenger of the car, the only other passengers being my wife, my daughter and grand-daughter. At my age, I felt a deep-seated anger for these law enforcers/law breakers. If these happened in Metro-Manila these hoodlums in uniform would have faced multiple charges. Where in heaven’s name was Eustquio Bersamin and for that matter all the personalities running in the coming elections? The answer is crystal-clear. Eustaquio Bersamin needed the support of the outlaw, Gen. Martin and likewise the support of the warlords. It didnt matter to him if Abrenos are being slaughtered. It didn’t matter to him if a small town mayor barged into the Hall of Justice building to threaten and physically abuse a public prosecutor. It is abundantly clear that Takit Bersamin is not pro-Abreno, he is in truth and in fact pro-Takit. It was not unlike making a pact with the devil because of his lust for the position of provincial governor. In effect, Eustaquio Bersamin created a few Frankensteins that he cannot control. Abra is too small for these three different political groups. All of them are trying to increase their political grip, adding municipalities they can claim as their fiefdoms. These three groups who were allies then are now after each others’ throats. Gov. Takit Bersamin thought it prudent to have a more professional and honest leadership in the provincial and regional level of the PNP in order to save his hide. As father of the province, it is his sworn duty to protect his people. Need we thank him for doing his job? We are paying his salary by way of the taxes that we pay, aren’t we?
wala naman gnawa c takit kundi puro sumbong ke rd parang bata naagawan ng candy pg kinukulit ni angkik.
oops bkt d namention mga valera-bernos grp
Apay Apo, atoy kadi A.Com nga umay pakidamagan iti panggep Abra ket para laeng kadagiti mapili nga madaydayaw ta apay sinno kadi ti kuna ni kokkotak nga peeping Tom wenno eavesdropper ditoy? Mang-postak koma pay met nga nakababain met ta exclusive Kay as met?
Kabsat, Taga-Makarkarmay, A.Com is as open for all as any internet website or social network forum in cyberspace. Owing to the definition of ‘peeping Tom’ or the implied status of an ‘Eavesdropper’ being ‘an Outsider’ or ‘one who does not belong,’ any allegation /accusation of Peeping Tom or Eavesdropper by anyone who posts a thought or comment here is but an attempt to intimidate others. And for what? Motive number 1 could be to ‘parochialize’ or set up social barricades in as open a place as this page. Considering that such motive Is high- handed presumptousness that is much like that of a Straggler in a land, who sticks a stake into the ground and then declare such ground his property as some Royal Highness in Timbuktu!) (Can’t figure out how to put Motive number 2i in a tolerable gist.). So, i’d say, go ahead ma fren Taga-Makarkarmay – don’t be shy. Post what you’ve got in your mind. It’s relevant to Abra, right?
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I’ll wind back my comment to the initial subject: the media’s name-tagging of Abra as the ‘Murder Capital of the North’. Not because the topic is palatable but because this accusation that was cast over the province equates to a blanket reference to Abrenians as overall war-monger fools.
The audacity to blabber such a prejudiced barb, which -basing on the oblique angle of presentation ( no precise facts, but just general statements obviously on assumptions)reflects the low regard the media has for the province and/or the people, and is antagonistic.
Granted that RESPECT is not something that the province can demand from anyone, least of all from the irreverent media, but rather- that it is something it needs to earn; RESPECT is neither something that the province thwarts against itself by tolerating such media judgments to spread out unchecked.
It is therefore crucial that such accusation must be proved wrong and corresponding local media effort to elevate the image of Abra be propped.
It does seem shallow to concern one’s self over ‘image’ issues when there are more vital cares to focus on: health cares, employment issues, stable livelihood for the people, improvements in every aspect of public needs, etc. but a positive image projection of a province can be a vital moral boost to its residents.
Now, it seems that every topic that comes out of Abra slides towards politics, whether they be past or present regimes. What this implies is that – the Abrenian people’s center of focus in their lives is politics.
I want to believe that this is not the case – that the majority of the people are hard at work trying to make a living whichever way they know best. (Just go around in towns and localities outside Bangued and talk to the common tao – the grassroots – not the local power- that -be. Live with them a while in their farm abung-abong and think as they think. Only then can you get to know the commonly ignored Abrenian and his heart and soul. What you think you know in your plush western home overseas or decadent residence in Manila or other cities you happen to live in may not be what it is).
But this sector of Abrenians -the ordinary people are not seen, mentioned in news much less, appreciated. No matter, a stigma attached to the land that they are surviving on, dehumanises them in their social exclusion.
I’ll apologise and go off tangent here as regards to another issue that’s somehow linked to the discussion here. But it’s a point i need to make.
Politicians make it to the news anytime and most often, they are seen as the general image for the province. Everything that’s worth being mentioned, every kudos, is always attributed to a power that be. Why is that? Granted that there have been projects which have been accomplished, haven’t these been the purposes for which they ran for public service – serve the public? Officials are public servants voted in to do a job and yet when they do the job properly, we, the people, are made to feel that we owe them our souls? Isn’t it supposed to be expected that as honourable public servants, they perform honourably, too? Being made to feel indebted of gratitude is not suppose to be how it works if we are to avail of the true essence of a democracy,
Gratitude, in this case, must be an individual choice to show courtesy. No more or less. To treat gratitude as more than courtesy by imposing it, is to belittle the moral value invested by the doer (official) in his commitment to his duty. In effect it is de-valuing his integrity. To the people from whom gratitude is demanded, it is distortion of his privilege.
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Abrenios, ceasefire muna agngilin tayo pay ti Holy Week.