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Abra prov’l capitol employee shot dead

By Artemio Dumlao (philstar.com)

LA Trinidad, Benguet – Motorcycle-riding assassins struck again Sunday afternoon killing an Abra provincial capitol employee.

Paterno Aspacio Benedito, 55, an employee at the Abra provincial capitol in Bangued, the province’s capital town, was with his son Paterno Jr., 16, and villagemates Erick Blaza and Gelyne Borillo heading home on board a tricycle to Barangay Quilliat in Langiden town, when an assassin sprung from nowhere along Sitio Pudok, Barangay Cabuloan, Bangued, and pumped bullets into Benedito’s head.

Police said the shooter escaped on board a motorcycle towards Barangay Cabuloan, also in Bangued.

Investigators said that the shooter could have had companions because of the spent shells found at the crime scene.

Investigators found three fired cartridges of .45 pistol and a spent shell from an unknown caliber.

Benedito died at the hospital where he was rushed several minutes after the shooting.

Abra police tracker teams are now hunting down the shooter and his possible companions.


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59 thoughts on “Abra prov’l capitol employee shot dead

  1. tsk tsk

    Posted by danglas mavericks | July 29, 2013, 2:11 am
  2. Isu daytoy paglaingan taga Abra! Agpatay ti tao ! Animal! Buisit! Agpatay kayo puro patalikod met ngarud! Busit!

    Posted by mark | July 29, 2013, 7:20 am
    • You’re right Mark. Here us in California have this fear to come home and visit our relatives in Abra and to remember and show our children where they actually came from. It is so disappointing in Abra. Take care guys and if given a chance move away from Abra. Not a nice place to raise your kids and not a nice a place to live after retirement. Good luck Abra!

      Posted by Peter | July 29, 2013, 7:26 am
      • Thank you Mr. Peter for the advise. I will continue imy anger and disappointment to Abra Mr. Peter. ” Siak Abrenos nak, idi ubing nak kastoyen, now i’m in my mid age. My family is based now Canada and I got this work in oil & gas industry. I got Pinoys friends and co workers in our company and they are telling a lot of killing stuuf in Abra. I tried to defend Abra but I am already tired of protecting Abra! Now patay manen! Buisit! Dakayo nga politicians umay kayo US nakasing2pet kayo animal kayo met amin! Dati mga ordinary us cit kaylang itan big time na! buisit!

        Posted by MARK | July 29, 2013, 7:36 am
        • While it is true that Abra has this obnoxious atmosphere, only few are responsible for this- mostly politicians. Three of the biggest family of’ these ‘animals’ are suffering from their crimes inside the cage n others are hiding like frighten rats! They really deserved and their heaviest awards are waiting for them when they finally face The Lord. We Abrenians continue to trust God’s Love, the God of peace to finally grant us peace which most of us love so much. Together, let us pray for His intercession. We trust, when He said ” ask and it will be given, Knock n it will be opened, seek n u will find” . With Him and in Him, nothing is impossible.

          Probably the victim is an avid follower of the gov., who alone with the help of PNP is trying hard to eradicate lawlessness in the Province.( Anyway, the governor stayed n worked in L. A ca for 29 yrs.) I don’t know what the CIDG, NBI, INTELLIGENCE of law enforcers are doing. Church leaders of different religions seemed to have no enfluence to help contribute in solving this ugly problem. How about a survey to be conducted to what religious group do these criminals belonged? Then a wake up call will be whispered to their church leaders. Reactions to this call will be most welcomed.

          Posted by Tagamasid | July 29, 2013, 10:56 am
        • Ibagam ngarud man, Mark, ti nagan ti oil company nga pagwoworkam diay Canada, gyem. Da met mangmangegko nga EnCana ken Enbridge . . baka filoil. he hehe

          Posted by blackie | July 30, 2013, 6:43 pm
        • Pinanawan yo ngamin ti lugar yo iso kastoy ti nagbanagan na. Abra needs more of the middle class like you. Come back. Your province needs heroes.

          Posted by JOMA | August 6, 2013, 2:22 am
      • I understand your disillusionment about the situation obtaining in Abra and I respect your decision to stay in California. I cannot blame you if you believe that Abra is not a nice place to raise your kids. Many Abrenos, in fact, share the belief that Abra has become a basket case. With hope being turned to despair time and time again, things may indeed look that way. But I have never lost hope. I believe that we can always raise our children as productive, law-abiding and God-fearing citizens through our example, notwithstanding the fact that our so-called leaders have betrayed our trust. I will stay in Abra, It is my only home. I will do my share by enlightening people about the need for genuine change so that hope, no matter how dim or distant may never vanish from their sight. I call on all freedom-loving Abrenos to remain steadfast. The winds of change have come. Let us stay the course and persevere. If freedom from poverty and violence has a price, let us wilingly pay it. Evil has its end. Let us believe in ourselves. If we don’t, who will believe us? PETER, the day will come when you will be proud of Abra. You will visit Abra in the future to smell the air of genuine feedom. See you then.

        Posted by pedro abreno | July 29, 2013, 5:55 pm
        • i blamed takit he cnt cntrol his allies.

          Posted by eric shawn | July 30, 2013, 7:08 am
        • Don’t tell me what to do and what to believe on son. You tell all your sweet words to the people who never tasted deep pain and loss in life. I experienced those to tell you. I left Abra for the safety of my family. I earned very hard to what we have now. I didn’t like to move away from Abra first because this is the place where my friends are, and I was planning also to share what I got to develop Abra as Architect but to my dismay tragedy came and all is history in my life. Never that I will be feeling safe to come in Abra my son. 4G’s that you got in there for your politicos- GOLD to buy votes. GUNS use to murder people. GUTS to kill. and GOONS to send and murder people. Great!

          Posted by PETER | July 30, 2013, 8:15 am
    • Mark uray sisasango ti ado nga tao agpatay da latta dagita nga killers ta madi da met nga matiliw…. “boyot dagitay kurakot nga politicos”

      Posted by TAGA_BAKIR | July 29, 2013, 5:03 pm
  3. Datayo nga taga Abra! Mangibabain !

    Posted by mark | July 29, 2013, 7:22 am
    • Mark, saan nga sapasap. Adda met laeng a mailaok nga ITTA ken NANGLAYASAN(not productive) ti pagnaedan a saan da la nga mangbabain no di ket mangirurumen ken mangdadanes iti nakaitawan da nga aramid. Kinaagpayso na, dagitoy ket dagiti ganggannaet nga putot sairo. Ad-ado pay met laeng dagiti nanumo, madaydayaw nga patanor ti Abra.

      Posted by Tim Puyog | February 28, 2016, 11:50 am
  4. The root of all evilness in Abra is politics. These politicians have to be educated to value life and not the other way around- to kill anybody for them to preserve their personal interest. Have fear in God that you have your children and children of your children who eventually suffer for what you did to others. So bad guys!

    Posted by Peter | July 29, 2013, 7:29 am
  5. No ngata ipa-Martial Law ti Abra? Sukatan dagiti AFP (saan nga PNP) ti Heneral ti Gobernador, ken amin nga Mamayor ket sukatan dagiti Officers ti AFP. All PNP personnel will be reassigned to other provinces and be replaced by AFP. Curfew wil be imposed and Military check points at every reasonable locations will be dployed.. Makasakas (wenno mai-surrender) dagiti armas/paltog ti amin nga sibilyan awan labasna ta kitaen tayo no saan pay laeng nga agpatingga ti kriminalidad ken kurapsiyon ditoy probinsia.. Too harshed? Maybe but I believe this is the only way to “educate” the “illiterate people” (politicos) of Abra. Martial Law will be lifted upon confiscating all civilian guns and completion of Military sponsored election of civilian authorities.

    Posted by Genti | July 29, 2013, 9:44 am
    • In addtion, replace the Judiciary branch in Abra with Military Tribunals, ikarsel amin nga Judges and Fiscals of Abra, I also believe that they (Judges and Fiscals) are “criminals” who are guilty of accepting bribes in implementing injustices to the people of Abra.

      Posted by Genti | July 29, 2013, 9:49 am
    • awan latta ti pakabalinan na.. ti amin a maar-aramid dta abra nga pammamatay ket adda kadagitay politicos..ngem no usaren dagitay PNP’s ti husto a trabaho da, awan ti imposible no di agsardeng ti pammamatay dta abra. saan koma nga dum-geg wenno agawat ti kuarta dagita PNP’s ken AFP nga ited ti politicos ket mamatiak nga agulimek ti abra. Bassit a lugar ta bangued, mabalin ken nadaras da a tuntunen ti akinbasol no nalinteg ti PNP/AFP. isu nga awan gapu na ti amin no d ket ti control la ti military ken pnp ti makaurnos ti abra, nga awan palabsen da uray politicos wenno sibilyan.

      Posted by Nanakem | July 29, 2013, 10:29 pm
      • ket tulngan ta u a daguitoy PNP ken Military… agibaga ta u kanyada dagity makitkita ta u nga mapaspasamak tapno maaramid da ti trabaho da… no awan ti agwitness puro speculasyon lang ti mapaspasamak (pugpugto), no puro buteng umad ado pay sumaruno nga sinasairo nga mapasamak…panag kunak ket going straight met ni apo lusad… kitaen u agsasaruno ti raid dagity agsus-susupen.

        Posted by miami spurs | August 1, 2013, 6:40 am
        • ada naimatangak nga pagapuan ti shabu … inlimed k nga imbaga kadagitoy pulis .. maysa lang nga aldaw naala dan jay tao.. isu nga ibaga ta u kanyada dagity maimatmatangan ta u nga sinasairo nga aramid… no awan agibaga awan a ti masolbar..

          Posted by miami spurs | August 1, 2013, 6:56 am
        • Rigat met kadagitoy agpadpadakkel la–g na a PNP no awan ag witness ,saan dan ag garaw ti trabaho da.apay no awan nakakitan apay nya obobraen tay kunkunada a scientific gathering of evidence nga na adal da diay academy of criminology? He he he

          Posted by tuleng | August 2, 2013, 2:59 pm
  6. Maysa, dwa, tallo uppat…… madin sa nga mabilang ti agsasarono nga pammapatay ditan yords… manipod idi sakbay ti eleksyon ingga sigoro sumuno nga panagbobotos kayat da nga arbasan ti dalan da tapno nadalos ton no 2016…. Iti maysa nga rason ket awan met ngamin ti maytodo ti PNP wenno sinno man nga maseknan nga agsungbat kadagitoy nga intay nariingan nga kultura dita Abra.. So kasatno ngarud idepensa ti leaders dayjay iwarwaragawag da nga timmalna ti Abra tatta ta iso da ti agturay???? in inot met la nga madanon ti numero ti pammapatay daytay dati nga datos no kanayon nga kasytoy.. simple lang nga kapanonotan

    Posted by TAGA_BAKIR | July 29, 2013, 4:55 pm
    • Nayon man daytoyen ti unsolve crime dita nakayyanakak!!!!

      Posted by TAGA_BAKIR | July 29, 2013, 4:57 pm
      • ket tulngan ta u a daguitoy PNP ken Military… agibaga ta u kanyada dagity makitkita ta u nga mapaspasamak tapno maaramid da ti trabaho da… no awan ti agwitness puro speculasyon lang ti mapaspasamak (pugpugto), no puro buteng umad ado pay sumaruno nga sinasairo nga mapasamak…panag kunak ket going straight met ni apo lusad… kitaen u agsasaruno ti raid dagity agsus-susupen.

        Posted by miami spurs | August 1, 2013, 6:41 am
        • ada naimatangak nga pagapuan ti shabu … inlimed k nga imbaga kadagitoy pulis .. maysa lang nga aldaw naala dan jay tao.. isu nga ibaga ta u kanyada dagity maimatmatangan ta u nga sinasairo nga aramid… no awan agibaga awan a ti masolbar..

          Posted by miami spurs | August 1, 2013, 6:55 am
  7. Ay apo ti BANG BANG BANGUED mairaman kmi payen nga natalna ti ili na nga parte ti abra uray no ditoy bangued ti kapaspasamakan na daytoy mairam raman kmi ti kinaawan bain nga aramid ti tao nga sinmatanas.

    Posted by taga surong | July 29, 2013, 8:51 pm
  8. PNP-AFP la ti makabalin nga mang-urnos ti abra. no di na nga agawat ti kuarta ken usaren da ti kinalinteg…aysus apo…naulimek ti abra.

    Posted by Nanakem | July 29, 2013, 10:32 pm
  9. isu met kinayat iti tao apo nga ipatugaw iti sairo nga mangidadaulo iti ili nga bangued ken probinsya nga abra, dakes iti luna kunak ngem mas nadakdakes man dagita pamilya valera-bernos’es apo. iso pilini ken inbotos iti tao, sitayo met lang agsagrap iti kinayat tau nga rigat.

    Posted by jose rizal movement abra branch | July 30, 2013, 1:03 am
  10. adi talaga agtalna ta pinpinnatay kat ili tayo nga ABLA. adi yo koma in-ipabasol kantan popolitiko amin, ket ta panagseng ko a ket wad ditay metla nga kakailian ta gapu na tan kastoy nga mapaspasamak. mapasamak kadatayo ta kasta gapu ta wad ta inapya tayo nga adi nabalo. beken met nga politika amin nga gapu na, narugit la nga talaga ta dara tayo nga tingguian. adi si pattingga tangen.
    ket tuwe la ta maibagak kat appo nga popolitiko tayo a nga inmakipaset tay koma kat ilunglungalong daton kakabsat tayo nga cordilleran a nga panagawtonomiya ta intilo nga cordillera. nabayag ta nga problema ngen. apay ngamin nga adi da kayat nga agawtonomiya tayo ket nabalo met ta in-ibunga na kadatay a lisan. agames da la met ngaminen nga adi dublida ta agtigaw nga pinakalideren. nabalo koma situwe ta wad ta mangseseng kat popolitiko tayo, ta amin nga ponpondo ket mapan amin kadatan nakaigappuanan da a. manmanula ta masingam nga pudno nga politikon kat abra,..dad mannakitulung koma ket a ta intay iduron nad no umay manen nga politika,,
    ken maysa pay, apay nga adadu ta mapatang dat kakabaggian tayo nga wad di ballasiw taaw. dubli da ket koma a ta mangted ta namnama ditayo ta dubli da ta wad ta napinpintas nga biag….

    Posted by itnegak | July 30, 2013, 1:28 am
    • Mr. ITNEGAK, I think you have to straighten your Ilocano so that all of us can understand. You are in Abra and the official dialect is Ilocano. I am not against other dialects in Abra but for good communication all of us here should be dealing with either English, that I know Ilocanos are good in English, or Ilocano. Thank you Mr. ITNEGAK. Yeah I know that you are Tinguian.

      Posted by MARK | July 30, 2013, 7:40 am
    • ” no kit ta taan mit maewetan ati petang ne ni ITNEGAK ati naulew se mit ule nen te lekayen. awen le maserserekan a tega Abre a pure pilutopo” buisit! Cordillera kunam ket CAR met ta Abran…

      Posted by MARK | July 30, 2013, 7:50 am
      • MARK, anak, sorry a ta saan ka met nga taga ABRA, ket no taga ABRA ka koma a ay ket maawatam dayta,,,kabuisit mo pay tay naggapuam nga pulin. and you are discriminating tinguians sa ginawa mo….itneg lang dayta, haan mo pay maawatanen, how much more kapag “ENGLISH” na! binabalaan kita!

        Posted by itnegak | July 30, 2013, 7:56 pm
    • Why did you brag the Cordillera issue here ITNEGAK? And the fact that we are working abroad doesn’t mean that we will come to Abra and share what we got. We earned what we got son. Shame on you. One thing also, you are a f….k,,.ng racial discriminatory. ITNEGAK or ILOCANONAK ,,, we are one as Abrenios! Close you mouth and sleep!

      Posted by PETER | July 30, 2013, 7:55 am
  11. ay Apo awan la napintas nga damag, nasaysayat pay nga denggen no sinno ti ka aduan ti pinatayen, osto diay kunam apo peter, stay away from abra, imbes koma nga sumaysayaat saan met apo, dumak dakes latta…
    alla ngarud ituloy yo latta ti agpipinnatay yot

    Posted by Chavit | July 30, 2013, 11:48 am
  12. NAGALAS KET NGA AGPAYSON AYA TI PANAGPANPANUNOT YO nga agmanmandar nga pumatay ti tao?
    No adda man nagbasolan ti tao kadakayo, ikkan yo koma pay ti gundaway na nga mangbalbaliw ti madi nga ugali na wenno makabayad nga saan ketdi nga patayin yon. Ilokans man wenno Tingguians, maymaysa iti naggapuan tayo (Indo-Malaysia or China), ket pare-pareho tayo laeng nga dayo ditoy ta Igorot ti dati nga makinkua ti Abra nga nangpatakkias met ti Aetas wenno Negritos nga hus-husto nga original wenno Pilipino.
    Awan ti karbengan yo nga agpatay baka dagiti patpatayen yo ket naggapu met laeng ti dara nga naggapuan yo..!!!
    Ammom ti dusa na daytoy? Simumulagat kanto nga makasaksi wenno makarikna ti sakit ti pannagikarum amangan no mismon to met laeng nga kadaraam ti mangpatay kenka. Our judicial system might only favor the rich and powerful with the right connection and price BUT never in the history of mankind that they can change or influence the dreadful effects of Karma Law nor the Divine Justice that renders the last judgment for all what we did in life or on earth.
    Besides, you perpetrators of this killings in the province, don’t you ever have had a decent or real christian member of your family nga uray la daran iti agarubos kadagiti lua na no apay manen nga ipalansa yo ni Apo Jesus Christ iti KRUS ket naikaro na ngaruden dagiti basbasol tayo? Sakbay nga agaramid ka koma manen iti pakailan-saana iti KRUS, damagem koma dita panunot mo no apay nga binaybay-anna ti bagina nga pinarparigat da idinto ta kaya na met nga isalakan ti biag na? Nalipatamon dagiti inar-aramid na idi tiempo na nga awan makaaramid no di laeng isuna? Apay awan la nga pulos iti insursuro ni maestra mon wenno nanang, mama mon, etc. no kasano ken apay nga Sagrado ti biag ti akin-biag? Kakaasi ni Inang na nga nangaw-awit iti dayta nga biag iti siyam nga bulan, kakaasi nga napuy-puyat nga nangpadakkel kenkuana iti likudan ti rigat gapu ti kina-corrupt dagiti poilticians tayo, kakaasi nga agdandanag or ma-high-high blood idi teen-ager isuna, NGEM sika, naminpinsan mo laengen nga tinodas ti biag na? Apay wan kadi ti anak mo wenno ipatpateg nga tao ditoy lubong nga pagarubusan to ta luam no papatay dan to met?

    Posted by river cross | July 30, 2013, 6:23 pm
  13. Ken sika Itnegak, saan tayo nga kabukbukodan daytoy nga Site/Forum tapno usarem ti dialect tayo. Umay ka diay Tingguian.com ta agu-uggayam tayo. You need to apologize to the Ilokans and other Tingguians using different dialects, my brother from different mother…!!! Remember, we don’t have single or just one kind of Tingguian dialect? Peace and Kabunian loves you….Why? ‘coz you are not ashamed to divulge your identity. I am so proud of you…..

    Posted by river cross | July 30, 2013, 6:31 pm
    • tingguian.com is not already a reliable site..mr. RIVER CROSS, i dont need to apologize to my fellow TINGGUIANS because they’re the one who let me share their opinions, and it seems that you’re against us! we are free to commend on this site with no limitations! if you can’t understand then you need to consult those who can really understand it…..

      Posted by itnegak | July 30, 2013, 8:03 pm
      • Amman you have to apologize to Tinguian community ITNEGAK because you seem like you are playing on their dialects.. Look, you can manage to speak in Ilokano and why on Earth that you used Itneg on internet. Please apologize because this is a public social network. If not, that would be the last that you use iItneg on the internet.

        Posted by JOAN | August 2, 2013, 1:53 am
        • JOAN: itnegak nga talaga ading ko! dinno nakabasaam nga bawal ti itneg toy internet? no haan mo man maawatan a ket iignore mon! makita nga talaga nga saan mo marespect dialect mi nakkong.

          Posted by itnegak | August 2, 2013, 6:38 pm
    • and i’d observe that you have a lot of posts here on this site, very ethical, godly, and constitutional…yes it’s great, that reflects who you are,,,but what you have commend to me seems darkens my thought on you! you don’t have solidarity….

      Posted by itnegak | July 30, 2013, 8:08 pm
      • Saan nga kasdiay ITNEGAK nga against nak kanniam or ti Tinguians. ok daytoy ket social network for Abra. First, gapo ta Abra ti ayan tayo ket Ilokano ti official dialect ti Abra so dapat Ilocano ti gamitem. Second, wenno English ta isu ti international languge. Sapay kuma Apo Itnegak ta naawatan yo. Agkatkatawa nak idi basaek ta patang mo makaulaw met nga agpayso mkapatang k met ti Ilocano mka English ka pay panangparigat mon aya Apo Itnegak ti readers mon lol! Sorry…!

        Posted by nelson | August 3, 2013, 8:25 pm
        • Thank you Nelson. You answered the question of Itnegak that using language that is not official on this web is not accepted due to reason that it would just bring confussions if not argumentation etc. For everybody’s sake Itnegak, please try to understand and not like baby trying to insist to what you like to do. kudos nelson.ty

          Posted by JOAN | August 3, 2013, 8:31 pm
  14. I’m so sorry to know about your loss, PETER. Even without knowing that your family was a victim of violence in Abra, I said in my post that I cannot blame you. By the way, I may even be older than you. I am already in the predeparture area of life in a manner of speaking. I am not trying to sweet-talk people into staying in Abra or visiting Abra for that matter. It is just the way I was trained to write, having had the benefit of studying in one of the best universities in our country. I respect your decision to stay away from Abra because you said you and members of your family will be on harm’s way if you come back. The situation obtaining in Abra is far from ideal. To be blunt about it, dire may even be a mild word to describe the situation. There seems to be a culture of violence and death, all through treacherous means that bedevils our people. All of these problems were brought about by the politics of greed and hatred. While the great majority of our people are mired in poverty, our political and government leaders are looting the treasury. They have maimed and they have murdered many of our people. But what can our people do? They cannot just roll over and die. If majority of our people were to migrate to other countries, assuming of course that they can, what will become of our province? There are still a handful of thinking individuals in our province who have not given up. There are still a handful who believe that in time, in God’s own time, things will be made right if only we repose our faith in God and have the faith of a mustard seed, as it were. I, for one, am trying to educate our people that genuine change is possible and that the power to effect genuine change is in their hands. They have the power to vote these greedy and murderous politicians out of power. They can also help stop violence by reporting these to the proper authorities whenever they happen, wherever they happen. The future of Abra is in the hands of the Abrenos. There have been notable changes. Former Mayor Ryan Luna has been charged with murder and has chosen to live the life of a fugitive. The Bernoses have also been charged with triple murder. Who would ever think these developments were possible? But it has happened. I am sorry, Peter, if I unruffled your feathers or raised your hackles in a manner of speaking because of my previous post. I had no intention whatsoever of showing disrespect. We are both senior citizens and I respect your beliefs and your decisions. I just cannot give up hope for our beloved Abra. There is no medicine like hope. Without hope, we will die today.

    Posted by pedro abreno | July 30, 2013, 7:33 pm
    • This is a very interesting issue to discuss among Abrenios re. violence in Abra, staying in Abra, hope to change in Abra, how to stop violence in Abra and so forth. The following are my personal opinions.
      1. If my children shall be given chances to live abroad, have their own career and maybe have their own family there is wonderful and great!
      2. If you are staying in Abra, you shall never feel freedom because everywhere you can see guns tucked on the waists of civilians walking down the streets.
      3. Politicians are thinking like they own Abra and funds etc are their money.
      4. Politicians think their positions are their investment.
      5. In Abra, politicians there are mostly didn’t have good educations or never had good experiences in their professions that is why they joined in politics. Low class of their professions in short.
      6. People in Abra lead their own lives. Never that politicians shall improve the status of lives in Abra.
      7. If you want the politicians help you, join them and you shall be killed on the process by their enemies etc because you are unprotected but they are protected with body guards.Just like what happened to the father.
      8. In Abra, if you want to improve, work on your own. No everything there in Abra. Poor Abrenios, no businesses, no gov’t offices, no etc. People connected to Politicos said Abra got a lot of businesses. What I’m telling is industrial businesses not retail businesses.
      9. Abra is a dark province but where my heart is. Mabayag nga agriing ti Abra…

      Posted by LEO | July 31, 2013, 8:21 am
      • I respect all your opinions, LEO. I agree with most of them. With regards to #5, there may be a few politicians in Abra who will take exception. With all due respect, I do not agree with #2. There has been a gun ban in Abra since the start ot the election period and it is still enforced up to the present. With regards to #9, yes, I believe that darkness still prevails over Abra but I see light at the end of the tunnel. We must understand that change will not happen overnight. It takes time. The tyranny of greed, hatred, violence and corruption has gone on for as long as we can remember. We have to fight for genuine freedom with our blood, sweat and tears. There is a pervading sense of exhaustion in Abra. This is best indicated by the weariness we feel at seeing the faces of the same people who have dominated politics in our province for so many decades. Instead of finding in them traces of the values we hold dear to us, we only see reminders of ideals betrayed. But what I find most disturbing is the corrosive mood of surrender to the status quo. This, to my mind, is the greatest challenge of leadership in our time.. Forgive me if I come across as pontificating but life has meaniing only if one plants grains of wisdom that others may reap and benefit from. Our peoples’ lives will not be uplifted through the benevolence of our greedy leaders. Our people will have to pull themselves up by the sweat of their brows. Our greatest wealth does not lie in our land or natural resources. It lies in our people. You only have to take a look at Singapore to know what I am driving at. Singapore is a very small country with a land area smaller than that of Abra. It has no natural resources and no source of water. But under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore has jumped from being a third world country and now proudly belongs to the first world. I will never begrudge you and others who think that hope is dim for Abra. Where can you find a governor whose vice-governor is his niece, a mayor whose husband is her vice-mayor, where it is not the political party but the family of the incumbent that decides who will run in the next elections? Where is the check and balance that is imperative in a vibrant democracy? If these are not clear examples of the tyranny of greed, I don’t know what is. When things are not ideal, we must endeavor to change them. In crucial times such as these we need men and women of integrity and competence. We need models to show us in a time of crisis that men and women must rise above themselves to serve our people. Abra awaits leaders who can mobilize trust, instill discipline and act with integrity. An idea whose time has come is more powerful than the most powerful weapon on earth. Moral force is more powerful than brute force. It is time for all of us to take part in this dream. Only the indomitable spirit of a few remaining good men and women can finally turn the tide. Let us raise a powerful voice against tyranny even if others do not care. I have never doubted that a group of upright and committed men and women of conscience can make genuine change happen in Abra. Even in the desolate wilderness where we find ourselves today, stars can still shine and every star is a light of hope. May I remind our people of the sublime words spoken on the day of the Annunciation – “Nothing is impossible with God”. And may I quote a part of the lyrics of a song, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”.

        Posted by pedro abreno | July 31, 2013, 7:29 pm
        • With regards to No. 5 I said mostly. Ok I am not for Mayor Dominic Valera but I could say and we can see that he is successful on his business choise. Now, Mr. Pedro Abreno, please you give me now a single politician in the whole of Abra that is successful on his career or profession if he has or any> nothing, no one Mr. Pedro Abreno. These politicians in Abra think that entering in politics in Abra, as a matter of fact this is already the whole of Philippines, would be their chance to make their lives good and get money as much as they can when they are in positions. Now you are silent Mr. Pedro Abreno. I repeat, you tell me a single politician in Abra that is successful on his career or chosen profession if he has or if any. Saan to pay nakagraduar ti colehio mayoren…drugs kada sugal babai etc adda aminen mayoren. To No. 2. I am coming to Abra once a year that I am trying to maintain to visit my relatives and friends etc. I went to the market and I saw people on their slippers and sandos with 45 calibers etc tucked on their waist. Again I went with my friends to a pancitan miki the same that I saw. For God’s sake Abra is Afghanistan or Iraq! Now you tell me Mr. Pedro Abreno that you don’t agree to my observation regarding guns and goons and their bosses in Abra. I know you have your thoughts again to block me but this is me. I saw them. We parked in Bangued Plaza and my high school classmate told me not to stare on those bad looking goon looking guys sitting over there having their snacks on the plaza beches. What is this? A joke? For God’s sake this is my place! This is my Abra! Lastly for No. 9, that would never change. i love Abra. Further, good luck!

          Posted by leo | August 2, 2013, 1:11 am
  15. ….agingga agbalinen dan nga LEGAL job ti agbalin nga ‘killer’ dta ABRA!!!…
    Hahahahaha….kanayon nga rider ta pumatay…SAL-OT ketdi nga bussiness dan!!!

    Posted by Baketsekzi | August 1, 2013, 1:31 am
  16. ket tulngan ta u a daguitoy PNP ken Military… agibaga ta u kanyada dagity makitkita ta u nga mapaspasamak tapno maaramid da ti trabaho da… no awan ti agwitness puro speculasyon lang ti mapaspasamak (pugpugto), no puro buteng umad ado pay sumaruno nga sinasairo nga mapasamak…panag kunak ket going straight met ni apo lusad… kitaen u agsasaruno ti raid dagity agsus-susupen.
    ada naimatangak nga pagapuan ti shabu … inlimed k nga imbaga kadagitoy pulis .. maysa lang nga aldaw naala dan jay tao.. isu nga ibaga ta u kanyada dagity maimatmatangan ta u nga sinasairo nga aramid… no awan agibaga awan a ti masolbar..

    Posted by miami spurs | August 1, 2013, 6:12 pm
  17. LEO, from the get-go, I wrote in my post that I respect all your opinions. Whether I agree with all or them or not is another thing. I may not agree with all your opinions but I will defend your right to express them. Abrenian. com is a venue that serves as a market place of ideas where Abrenos can freely engage in discussions. It goes without saying, of course that a modicum of civility is expected of everyone. I have no quarrel with you. We may differ in opinions but my respect for you and everyone else is always there. You may feel that I am, to use your words, just trying to block you. Nothing can be further from the truth. You said that this province is your place, this is your Abra while in the same breath you also said that you just come home every year to visit. You even went on to say that now I am silent and you dared me to name even one politician who was successful in his or her career before he or she entered politics. You even repeated the challenge. I will name not only one but two – Mayor Jun Barona of Bucay who is one of the biggest contractors in the province and whose family is the distributor of Coca-cola in Abra. He also owns a commercial building; Vice-Mayor Debbie Co also of Bucay who owns the Princess Restaurant and grocery, Monterey Meatshop, Kodak photo shop among other businesses. These two personalities are not the only politicians who enjoyed success before they ventured into politics. I have no political alliance and I have never favored one politician over the other. My only allegiance is to the truth and to honest, competent and resolute leadership. On the issue of and I may I quote #2, “If you are staying in Abra, you shall never feel freedom because everywhere you can see guns tucked on the waists of civilians walking down the streets”, I believe we may be speaking about different time frames. As I have written in my post, since the start of the election period and until this very day, a gun ban is being enforced in the whole province. I live in Bangued and I can see the difference between what you are saying and what the situation is now. What you are describing was perhaps the situation as you saw it then. It is different today. Mayor Ryan Luna has been charged with murder and there is a manhunt for him. The Bernos father and son have also been charged with murder. Where before, these two developments would only be dreams, at present they are realities on the ground in Abra. I live in Bangued and It is my only home. I could have migrated elsewhere if I wanted to but I did not. Perhaps, that is the reason why I have been advocating for genuine change in Abra. While the situation in the province is still far from ideal, there have been positive changes. If you believe that you can never feel freedom in Abra like you said, who am I to dispute that. That is your own opinion and I respect that. In the words of Learned Hand, “Freedom lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court could save it.” LEO, I cannot leave Abra they way I entered it. For the sake of my children and my childrens’ children I will do my part to make it a better place. I cannot give up. There has never been any intention on my part to “block” you. LEO, I will never be silent about issues that affect the lives of our people. As I have said time and again, I have lost everything including fear. The only thing to fear is fear itself.

    Posted by pedro abreno | August 3, 2013, 1:23 am
  18. no time to read your story. sorry.

    Posted by LEO | August 3, 2013, 8:35 pm
  19. Pedro Abrenio I admire your unwavering determination to sow the seed of freedom in Abra and I am looking forward to see the day that we could walk and stroll within the streets of abra without fear. For now I just do not trust the atmosphere particularly Bangued, as the old street words say “Watch your Back” is always there.
    Kudos to your advocacy.

    Posted by Bodong | August 5, 2013, 8:15 am
    • Yes, BODONG, I cannot blame you. The situation obtaining in our province, particularly Bangued is still far from ideal. The powers that be have a long history of violence. They may just be lulling us into a false sense of security for now. Be that as it may, there have been notable changes under the present PNP provincial and regional leadership. What is important is for the citizens to remain vigilant and for them to find the courage to file complaints whenever they have personal knowledge of wrongdoing and crime. If we remain silent when something wrong is done , we cannot expect genuine change to happen. There is always hope and it really depends on each of us.

      Posted by pedro abreno | August 5, 2013, 5:51 pm
      • Sir Pedro, I admire the way you present your opinion. Very clear and understandable. To Leo, in fairness to sir Pedro, he is not against your opinion or “blocking” you. He just presented his observation on the present situation of Abra. Gun ban in Abra is still enforced even the election is over. I respect your opinions both of you guys. More Power!

        Posted by AGTULTULOY TI PROGRESO | August 6, 2013, 12:52 am
        • Thank you AGTULTULOY TI PROGRESO. Some will agree with me and some will not. Fair enough for me because we live in a democracy. I am just trying my level best to paint as true a picture of Abra as possible. I am also an agent of genuine change and I will never lose hope that one fine day, Abrenos will be liberated from fear and poverty. “Hope springs eternal”. Believe me, nothing ever lasts in this world, not even our problems.

          Posted by pedro abreno | August 6, 2013, 4:19 pm
  20. When news on killings in Abra comes out, pagpiestahan ng nga commentors. pag may magandang balita sa Abra, kunti ang comments, o kaya, kung may mag-comment man, negative din. Parang mas na excite pa tayo sa masasamang balita. To tell you, killing is every where, be it in the so called urbanized areas or in rurals. This means that killings became or reduced to just a mere isolated cases. Dyan ba sa America walang patayan, gansuhan? I don’t think so. Do not make abra looks like hell. I visited my home province just recently, malinis, may nga development sa infrastructures, buhay na buhay ang komersio, youths are flocking into schools, the churches are full during Sundays. the “pancit abra” is exceptional. The uong, kankanuol, lames ti karayan, etc, and all those exotic foods of Abra, nakakapanglaway… Hey guys, visit Abra.

    Posted by naeling | August 5, 2013, 8:46 pm
    • comment comment lang kasi naeling pag may time…. opinion da dayta. u cn’t stop to share or discuss their own opinions naeling. visit Abra.. ?i have to buy my bullet proof vest first b4 i come. thank you na lang hey ! sa invitation mo!

      Posted by peter | August 9, 2013, 6:52 am

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