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Murder raps filed vs. Abra town mayor, father

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By Artemio Dumlao

BANGUED, Abra  – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Cordillera filed multiple murder raps Friday morning against La Paz, Abra Mayor Joseph Sto Nino Bernos, 32 and his father, Danglas town Vice Mayor Andres Bernos, 78, after an assassin admitted to murdering at least three of his town mates on orders of the father-son duo.

Jacobo Badua, who was a close-in security aide and alleged hitman of the older Bernos, turned himself in to Cordillera Police Director Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, who in turn endorsed the investigation to the NBI-Cordillera.

“We will ask the Abra prosecutors’ office though to inhibit from the case,” NBI-Cordillera Special Investigator III Abner Dotimas said, explaining, they have reservations on the impartiality of state prosecutors in Abra to handle the case citing various cases the latter bungled in favor of accused murderers and the state prosecution officers’ integrity.

Badua, 55, in his sworn-in confession, claimed he killed Joel Afos on July 2002; William Sagun on April 2006; and saw barangay chairman Ruben Afos on July 2004 killed by another assassin; all on the orders of Mayor Bernos and his father, with the latter even handing personally the pistol used in these murders.

Badua, said he is coming out because his safety including his family are at stake.

The self-confessed assassin said he killed Joel Afos, in 2002 on orders of the elder Bernos who wanted “to give (the victim) a lesson after robbing their pawnshop.”  He was reportedly handed by the elder Bernos a caliber .45, which he used in the killing and returned it after “his mission.”

Badua further claimed before the Abra prosecutor’s office that he personally witnessed how alias “Boy Droga,” upon orders of the elder Bernos and Mayor Bernos killed Ruben Afos, a former barangay chairman in Calaba, Bangued in 2004 and also town chairman of the Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC).  He claimed he drove the motorcycle where “Boy Droga” rode.
Afos ran against Mayor Bernos in the vice-mayoralty post in La Paz in 2004.
He further swore he shot William Sagun in April 2007 five times right in front of the victim’s house in Poblacion La Paz with the similar pistol handed to him by the elder Bernos. He said he was ordered to kill Sagun because the latter accused the Bernoses in the mysterious disappearance of the victim’s cousin—Lomen Dupo, a school teacher.  Until now, the school teachers’ body was nowhere to be found, Badua said.

The whistle blower, though who is co-accused with the Bernoses, was still indicted in the multiple murder cases while the NBI-Cordillera said it will ask the Department of Justice to make the assassin as state witness in the town murders.

Mayor Bernos immediately denide Badua’s confessions insisting such accusations against him and his father is motivated by political vendetta.

“All of these are fabricated accusations,”  the younger Bernos said while suspecting such confession by Badua was timed to get back at the Bernoses after the whistleblower’s loss to his wife in the vice-mayoralty race last May.

Mayor Bernos also questioned why some still believe Badua even if he is also not clean.

“He is facing a murder charge,” the town executive said.

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210 thoughts on “Murder raps filed vs. Abra town mayor, father

  1. asideg ti hukom mon JB

    Posted by BENJAMIN m | August 12, 2013, 11:09 pm
  2. to mayor jb, bernos face your problem if you are really a man,, agpayso amin ti comment the kenka,, hanka lang nga buyawa baboy ka pay,,usarem ta kwartam nga kinurakot mu,, ammuk nga kwarta am lang dayta judge dta banggued ket absuwelto ka manen,, pero kitan tayo a,,

    Posted by uwap albong | August 24, 2013, 8:01 am
  3. Ti style ni lakay andit bernos idi isu na ti mayor ti La Paz, isu met la ti style dayta baboy a putot na. Di da kayat a lumung-aw iti rigat dagiti kakailian da tapno isu da latta ti tangtangaden ti tao nga agturay kadakuada ken tapno kankanayon a magatang da ti butos dagiti umili. “NAGASAT DAGITI NAPANGLAW TA TAWIDEN DAN TO TI PAGARIAN TI LANGIT. ASIN TO PAY DAGITI BABAKNANG, MANNANAKAW, BABOY, BUAYA KEN MAMAPATAY. AGNGARIET DAN TO ITI RIGAT SADIAY IMPIERNO.”

    Posted by dave marquez | August 30, 2013, 1:27 am
  4. NO ANIA TI INUTANG MO, ISUN TO MET TI BAYADAM. Awan ti makalasat iti daytoy a pagallagadan. AWAN TI AGBILANG A DIN TO AGPULLO. Mangrugin nga agpullo dagiti bernos kadagiti basbasol da iti Dios Apo ken dagiti tattao. Mangrugi dan to metten nga agbayad kadagiti inutang da kada tinakaw da. Ni BABOY, saan la a kuarta ti tinakaw na daytan. Pati Biag ti tao ken ASAWA ti konsehal ditoy probinsya tayo. Sapay koma ta didan to malasatan ti pungtot ti Dios kadakuada. AMEN!

    Posted by MOKONG | August 30, 2013, 1:34 am
  5. Jacobo Badua is a real man. Don’t you know that he has a brother priest? A priest of the Aglipayan Church. Isu ti pagarupek a namagbaliw a namimpinsan kenkuana. Go on, Jacobo. you must finish what you have started. That way, God may even reward you a hundred fold for tracking anew the way to His kingdom. Certainly the evil ways of the father and son will soon end and La Paz shall truly be described by its name.

    Posted by MOKONG | August 30, 2013, 1:46 am
  6. Malagip ko la unay ti napalabas. Idi adda poot kon, daydi lakay Lino Bernos ti mayor ti ili a La Paz. Naloko met daydi a lakay ta agmandar idi iti pumatay iti kalaban na. Simmaruno ni kabaw Andit a nag mayor. Kas ken daydi ama na, agmandar met a pumatay. Iti pinullo a tawen a pangturay ni Andit kabaw iti ili ti La Paz, adu met ti nabalo. Bimmaknang ni Andit nga awan met negosyo na. Mano kad met la ti sueldo ti maysa a mayor idi? Naggapuan ti kinabaknang ni Andit kabaw? Iti kaban ti gobierno. Kuarta dagiti padak nga agbaybayad iti Buis. Buisit nga Andit. Nanamem to sadiay impierno ti pannakatunom, mannanakaw nga Andit kabaw.

    Simmaruno a nagturay ni Allog Bernos a kabsat met la ni Andit. Kas ken daydi apo Lino nga ama da, babaero met ni Allog. Ngem adda isu na itan diay America. Ti simmaruno ken ni lakay Allog Bernos ket ni Doming Bernos a kabsat da a babaero met laeng. Kakabsat amin ni kabaw mannanakaw Andit dagitoy dua. Agpapareho da iti daydi apo Lino Bernos a babaero ken mannanakaw. Ni Ysrael Bersnos a Dios ti alluad na ti simmaruno a nagturay. Daksanggasat ta ababa ti biag na. Sipud pannakapapatay daydi El, ni metten JB baboy ti nangsublat iti turay. Kas makita yo ken ammo ti amin a taga La Paz, mammapatay met laeng, mannanakaw ken babaero isu na. Adun ti lugan ken dagdaga ni JB baboy ngem awan met negosyo na. Bibiit na pay la a mayor, adun ti natakaw na a kuarta ti tattao. Kas iti nakaidaruman da ken ama na, mammapatay met laeng isu na. Adu metten a putahe ti naramanan daytoy a baboy. Ti di na ammo ket isarunon to met isu na dagiti inagawan na ti asawa.

    Kas makita yo, no ania ti kayo, isu met laeng ti bunga. Nalatak dagitoy Berboses manipud ken daydi apo Lino Bernos agingga iti agdama a mayor iti kinababoy, saan ket koma a kinasayaat nga ugali.

    Kunada, no ania ti utang, isu ti bayadan. No malagip yo daydi pannaka ambush ni andit kabaw mannanakaw sadiay Suot River, ti napapatay ket daydi buridek a putot na a sinaklot na idi mapan da ditoy Bangued. Maysa kunam. Ti maikadua, daydi pannakapapatay daydi El Bernos diay pagbabasketbolan dita La Paz. Ania ti naaramat iti pannakapapatay dagitoy pinutot ni Andit kabaw mannanakaw? Paltog! Paltog met ti pinaaramat dagitoy a Bernoses iti pannakapapatay dagiti kumonkontra kadakua da. No basaem ti napalabas ket ibatogam iti agdama, mabalin a masirmatam ti masakbayan. Adda pagpatinggaan ti amin a banag. Agragsak ton dagiti taga La Paz ta mawayawayaan da met laengen iti panagturay dagiti pasurot ni satanas.

    The beginning of their downfall is very near. No dida agbabawi, agturong dan to amin sadiay agnanayon nga apuy. Good Luck and God Bless ili ti La Paz. Maikkan koma ti hustisya amin nga inar-aramid a kinadakes dagita nangituray kadakayo. Sapay koma ta kasta.

    Posted by MOKONG | September 1, 2013, 8:38 pm
  7. ai apo data baboy awan sansantwen na.dgiti agbasbasa ti baguio nga tga la paz nga babbalasang nga makursunadaana offeran na pay ngapagbasaen na idda ngem ti kasakatna babakyen na idda.kasta ti nasyaat nga galad ti mysa nga ama ti ili????tanagag met ni baket na mayat nga paluko sa bagay anya qma rti ammo ti bebbeb nga asawana ket buteng met kanyana…..dagit annak nan to nga babai ti agbayad ti utang dyta jb baboy….laglagipem baboy han mo maitogot ta kinabaknang mo no matay kan……

    Posted by angel | September 8, 2013, 9:44 pm

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