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Violence grips Abra town

The lifeless body of Nelson "Basong" Felicitas of Pidigan, Abra

The lifeless body of Nelson “Basong” Felicitas of Pidigan, Abra

Elections are over but violence still grips the town of Pidigan. A former Barangay Captain was gunned down yesterday. The victim, Nelson “Basong” Felicitas, of Naguirayan,  Pidigan, sustained multiple gun shot wound in the head.

If you recall another Barangay captain was also killed before the Barangay Elections.

What’s behind this renewed violence in Pidigan? According to our source, this could be due to an incident between the current Mayor Jansenn Valera and husband Domino Valera (an elected Sangunian Bayan of the same town),  had a fight in full view of municipal employees. The mayor has since been seen living at the Municipal Building.

Because of this incident, the Mayor, in an apparent retaliation of her being humilated in public abruptly ordered the ceasing of the operations of Hueteng in this town. The mayor’s husband is said to be the collector of the number game’s proceeds.

The killing of Felicitas could be related to the public rift between the Mayor and his husband according our sources. You can call it collateral damage, the source says.

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217 thoughts on “Violence grips Abra town

  1. No gayyem da met ni Gen. Magalong annia ngarud? Unsolved man daytan.

    Posted by Bodong | December 11, 2013, 10:23 pm
  2. domino valera is not kagawad in zone 5 but rather a sangguniang bayan of pidigan. the killing is another blow to the peace and order in pidigan, The deceased former barangay captain felicitas was a close friend of the deceased barangay captain of san diego pidigan, arnulfo madriaga, who was also murdered a few months ago.is this a coincidence that both men were gunned down? or as the report says, could it be that he is a collateral damage to the rift between husband and wife domino and mayor Jansenn? But why, what is the role of felicitas?
    everybody in pidigan know about the fight between domino and the mayor that occurred at the municipal hall of pidigan on November 23., was he there? Just recently, the barangay captains of pidigan voted for an ABC president for which again the mayor and her husband had different candidates, and common knowledge that again domino’s bet lost. was felicitas involved in the recruitment or campaign for the ABC presidency? The close friends of felicitas may know clues as to why he was murdered.

    Posted by mario bang | December 11, 2013, 10:42 pm
    • Basong turned fugitive before for a murder case in naguirayan. Settled his case before becoming a barangay captain and lately, allegedly shot and wounded another victim in Pidigan.
      I don’t think we can label these two shootings to politics. We have to study this angle also. Both victims, Basong Felicitas and Ador Madriaga were both allies of ex mayor anno Bisares of Pidigan.

      Posted by Mark James | December 12, 2013, 7:35 am
  3. Domestic problem between husband and wife, why would a barangay captain get killed? I don’t see the connection.

    Posted by mayana | December 11, 2013, 11:36 pm
  4. kakaasi ti taga pidigan.linugoban ti taga bangued ti mayor da ! kasla la kano nagkamat a kawitan ti upa,imbes a manada,multiple a shuffle style fernando poe ken ala bruce lee kano a side kick a sanguanan ti publiko ! baka adda nasao daytoy a masong isu nga minaso da ! ala anus a,ta nayat kayo met a nabayadan

    Posted by KARASAKAS | December 11, 2013, 11:41 pm
    • Maragsakan Kano Ni pasado mayor anno ti kastoy mapaspasamak. Asideg manen panag mayor na..nagballigi Tay Plano na ta isu nagplano ti election…damag pay isu nagbayad kapitanes 30 tawsan para ABC para makontrol na liga kapitanes PIDIGAN.

      Posted by Mark James | December 12, 2013, 1:18 am
  5. This is not a mere domestic problem pagayam Mayana. The couple is a political personality. The recent clashed between the two happened in the municipal hall. It appears that this couple has opposing political views and factions. Hence, the killing that happened is seen as a collateral damage, a domino effect on the couple’s rift. A sad news indeed. Abra politicians has their hands full of blood. When will these killings come into halt?

    Posted by naeling | December 12, 2013, 12:01 am
  6. Poor soul!

    Posted by Mark James | December 12, 2013, 12:51 am
  7. according to my sources, the incident was a retaliation of past killing incident involving the former barangay capt. re: rift between the mayor and her husband domino – THE STORY GOES THIS WAY: domino was in manila and is calling his mayor-wife but the mayor-wife kept on refusing/cancelling the call. the sb-husband called the personal assistant of the mayor-wife named LALA and the PA told, OR LIED, domino that jannsen is in the municipal building. sensing something wrong, domino called his friends at the municipal hall and informed the sb-husband that SOMEONE FETCH THE MAYOR-WIFE AND WAS OUT OF TOWN. Nagawid ni domino ket napan diay munisipio ti pidigan ketkinompronta na LALA ngem natangken met ulbod na. insakit pay ni mayor-wife ni LALA. anya ngarud dayta? nagpatpatang ni mayor-wife ngem han na met imbaga ti makagapu no apay a napasamak dayta. YOU BE THE JUDGE…

    Posted by dodo | December 12, 2013, 3:06 am
  8. A good tree always bears good fruits, while a bad one will yield abominable fruits. Witnessing so much violence since early childhood, what do we expect? AWAN PAY CAPIA TI UNEG NGA MISMO TI FAMILYA, KASANO NGARUD NGA MAGUN-ODMO TI KAPIA TI ILIM KEN PROVINCIA?
    Daytoy ti klase ti agturay ti Abra, agpanunot tayo koman. So much blood have been sacrificed for the ease and joy of blood thirsty and money-power lover politicians. Lord have mercy, show us the WAY.

    Posted by TAGAMASID | December 12, 2013, 8:30 am
    • This is what mayor Anno have bargained for. Sold his soul, sold his principle, sold PIDIGAN.

      Posted by Mark James | December 12, 2013, 11:40 am
      • MJ, why are you after mayor anno? where the latter is silent on all issue, it seems you have something against him which you can not get off with? Better tell him personally to settle down. You are out of the topic.

        Posted by Bodong | December 12, 2013, 6:38 pm
    • very well said tagamasid. the demeanor of domino valera is the same demeanor of his father if not his mother who is seen as a “palengkera”. i cannot say the same about jansenn because i knew the father and more the mother who is very soft spoken. i dont know if i have to believe the theory of love triangle here between domino jansenn and jb as the cause of the rift between husband and wife but if indeed it is true then there must be a very big problem that is occuring inside the marriage that caused jansenn to look for solace in another mans arms. if these two were not public figures we could not be talking about them, but they are. the valeras at first wanted domino to run as mayor of pidigan but with the result of a survey they commisioned, domino would lose and that jansenn was a better option. so could it be that domino is now envious of the power of jansenn being mayor or is he jealous that as mayor jansenn would see more of jb as the latter is also incumbent mayor. but the question here is why did jansenn do the act? what happened in pidigan municipal hall on that fateful day is common knowledge and was supposed to be headlines material but novody in the media dared venture into prying on this matter? why? your guess is as good as mine. is this not a violation of pd 7610 or violation against women and children, what is the dswd doing? just asking. if you grew up in an environment of violence then tendencies are you will be violent too.

      Posted by mario bang | December 18, 2013, 10:24 pm
  9. I was not always been up to date on the politics in Pidigan , but a near relative of mine has been feeding me inside stories about the people involved . The father of Domino is said to have surrounded himself with bodyguard killers and a murderer himself . These family is slowly building a dynasty because of their greed for power and money . It is clearly shown by how all the family members are all candidates and even won every position they aspired , it is even widely known that they paid money to the people to get elected . The people themselves have elected people who wants nothing but to be in power and hence in control of the money which the province is allotted to . There´s no improvement in the province . Magaling lang silang mag-invite ng mga artista at magpasikat . They are even show offs , showing their signature bags etc . which they bought from stealing from the money allotted to the people of Abra , shame on them ! I hope the people of Abra wakes up but then nothing lasts forever , just look at what happened to the Barberos , evil cannot prevail .

    Posted by Sweet dreams | December 12, 2013, 12:04 pm
    • Sweet Dreams, do not compare the Barberos to this present corrupt politician. Col. Barbero has done much in Abra that not a single politician in Abra can match. Look at the Lagangilang Bridge, also the Cellophil. He try to build Abra a progressive province but his sibling done the other way. Not all Barberos are corrupt. Now look up to our present Governor, Mayor of Bangued and other Mayors, manmano kanyada ti diretso.Agsubli ta dta Pidigan, nabayagen nga i-popost dan ditoy A.Com nga dayta Mayora da ket adda anak na nga saan a putot ni Domino. Annia tatta lak-amen na met a ti imas ti didigra kas linak-amna na ti imas ti ag-garanggang. Ngem this are just small spices in Politics we after what they can do to our people, Town and Province of Abra

      Posted by Bodong | December 12, 2013, 1:46 pm
  10. To all my fellow Abrenians, the rampant killings in our province will be lessen or stopped the soonest possible time. The newly installed Regional Director of the Cordillera PNP will address our concern. These people who engaged in unscrupulous activities has now have match. Beware!!!!!!!!!!Sir Neres we will rely on you.

    Posted by uttig | December 12, 2013, 4:25 pm
  11. He’s different boss.

    Posted by uttig | December 12, 2013, 6:48 pm
  12. personal t riri mi ken jannsen kadaywan t agasaw ada dadduma handa pagkinawatan! This time its may fault siak amin t pabasulen u ta kamalik pangaasi u ta han u iraman daytoy riri mi t sabali nga issue han u iraman ni jannsen ditoy! Thank u

    Posted by Joseph Domino Valera | December 12, 2013, 9:35 pm
  13. BAKNANG, GUAPO NGA LALAKI,i, addaan ti turay ngem ti NAKAKAT KATAWA no agpayso nga LINUGITAN TI MANOK ti ulona kas mai lanlanad ditoy A.COM. ti lalaki no maluko,mabalin nga agpasensya,ngem no TAKKIAN da ti ulo na TARKOOOOOOOOOOOK a nagagara no di bumales !!!! narigat ti mais iseman ti baribar !!! ngem diak patien nga aramiden ni domino ti bumales ta de adal met,

    Posted by pagalsem | December 13, 2013, 1:09 am
    • Very classy post Pagalsem.If you have nothing good to say on personal level to the concerned person dont say anything,not very helpful.

      Posted by Meoff | December 13, 2013, 9:17 am
      • meoff, I just commentented on what is posted here in A.COM.why not erase all those negative postings so that there will be no bases for us to comment? i cant help myself but to SMILE on your comment on me . merry x mas my friend

        Posted by pagalsem | December 15, 2013, 8:55 pm
  14. Pagpaslang kay ex-Kapitan Nelson Felicitas ang thread na ito. Bakit ginawa naman na ninyong excuse para magtsis-mis ng buhay ng may buhay. Mang-durog ken agkantiyaw kayo nga agpalalo. Nyan aya nga kina-bassit ti ut-utek ti pamay-anyon ta isubo yo pay dayta tao nga agaramid ti saan nga rebbeng. Nya koma ti koneksiyon dayta pannakatay ni Nelson iti biyag ti dua nga agassawa? Mangparbo kayo met ti istorya nga panggapuanan yo nga mangrubrob iti madi nga kapanunotan. Kakailian, konting isip diyan.

    Posted by Marlon Subido | December 13, 2013, 2:18 am
    • Hoy Marlon Sabido detoy panakatay ti kapitan Naguirayan ket may konekta tay riri tay agasawa ni kapitan Naguirayan ti nang pick up ken Mayora nga bina on ni Jb o anya nalawag ita kenka no apay nga natay

      Posted by Balintongeg | December 13, 2013, 2:57 am
      • Sarcastic ako n i hate the family that is being dragged on controversy but as a filipino who valued family we should not take advantage the misundrrstanding of the couple instead include them on your prayer for those who know god.

        Posted by eric shawn | December 13, 2013, 3:41 am
        • please dont include God in this forum This family are Killers..do they care about us people the answere is no they want money and power thats all they care..

          Posted by Johnny Barba | December 13, 2013, 9:09 am
  15. sinno diay jb nga ibag bagayo ?

    Posted by SWEET DREAMS | December 13, 2013, 3:37 am
  16. haan aya nga ti asawa dati ni joy bernos ket bernos met , ket ni joy bernos kabsat ni domino . apay naggulo metten daytoy nga istorian ?

    Posted by SWEET DREAMS | December 13, 2013, 4:25 am
  17. Di ba sa lagayan lang ang may PAGS as what the PNP Abra is saying. Meron pa pala sa ibang municipyo, kasi sa interview di daw makaporma si Lagayan Mayor jentrix Lunax. Killing is rampant in Pidigan. Wala na si general, pano na yan kababayan. Kaya da latta. sawaren yo diay lagayan ngata

    Posted by taga bantay | December 13, 2013, 5:38 am
  18. Kundinaren ha ni LMP Mayor Jb dayta ta apay nga kabilen da ta Mayoren Ti Pidigan

    Posted by taga bantay | December 13, 2013, 5:39 am
  19. Plan A. To break the Valera, plano ni andit tapno maulaw nga agkayap ti valera, bernos dreams

    Posted by taga bantay | December 13, 2013, 5:41 am
  20. Kaya da latta agpapatay ket ania ngarod, ipabasol tayo manen ha ken ryan luna weno jentrix sen.

    Posted by taga bantay | December 13, 2013, 5:43 am
  21. Brother UTTIG, your information about a newly installed Regunal Police director is probably the most welcomed news for Abra. When Magalong took over last year, there was no politically related crimes in Abra 7 months before elections, an awesome peace records. Instead PAGS were neutralized , either killed or pressured to surrender. However, few months after elections, the ugly head of satan’s power appeared again with killings in many places. Worst, the criminal case against the Bernoses was dropped, the vote buying charges against the Valeras appeared to have gone no where. We suspect that money as usual made magic to silenced these cases. So, I strongly suggested thru this thread that PNP leadership must be reshuffled. Hopefully, this Neres will do better than his precedence who failed to maintain his good performance in the province.
    Anyway, how about the stand of our peace campaigner governor? Naghihintay ng buong lalawigan ng inyong aksyon SIR, maski isa sa mga kaso sana. Ako na dating sumasaludo sa iyo ang nasasaktan sa tawag sa inyo ni Eric at iba na ikaw ay si Takut, mandhid, no balls, bungaw . It appears that you value your life above your principles and responsibilities; if Diego Silang and his wife were around today, they will surely curse you as Eric have been doing. Sorry, but this is the general impressions of Abrenians. You have 2 n 1/2 years more to prove that we are wrong. May God give you inner strenght to prove that I’m one of those who misunderstood your stand.

    Posted by TAGAMASID | December 13, 2013, 11:59 am
    • As i have been telling taga masid for all my post everytime there are issues and incident that needs to be adres by our dear leaders but we are frustrated bec we never heard him instead he immediately called outside forces to resolve thus you cnt blame me in my opinion he allowed all these incidents for him to be saint in the eyes of abrenian who have information gap the true picture of takit governance. His strategy fits very well for his personal and political survival but he is our leader who is responsible tand accountable to his people eitther allies or not.

      Posted by eric shawn | December 13, 2013, 6:29 pm
    • correct ka dyan tagamadid. where is effing gobernador takut? awan lateg na ti aki diablis. basta adda matakaw na awan bibiang na. he is miles away laughing all the way to the bank of america. laglag nga governador. awan la pulos mangeg mo. agriing kayon kailyan.

      Posted by grand master P | December 13, 2013, 7:54 pm
    • Col. Neres was the former DILG Director for Cordillera. He is also a lawyer. I met him few times before during Vicsyd’s time. To my recollection he was the one who confiscated all of Vicsyds’ guns. He is for PEACE! I am glad to see him back…

      Posted by comli2013 | December 14, 2013, 5:15 am
    • Let’s see what He’s capable of doing sir.

      Posted by uttig | December 14, 2013, 5:15 pm
  22. daytoy napasamak diay pidigan apo ket family feud. saan tayo koma nga kotak nga kotak no sospetsa laeng ti ammo tayo. tay biktima ken anak na ket nairaman ti panagpatay it napalpalabas nga bulan. agdamag kayo laeng ditoy ayan mi nga naguirayan apo. ammo ti kaadwan ti napasamak.

    Posted by cc | December 13, 2013, 1:11 pm
  23. Pasensiya kayon Apo, dacayo nga agi post ti salaysay yo apo ket saan met nga kumpleto ti ibag bayo,Apay nga nasayaat koma nga in details koma ti panag post yo ditoy A.Com, WEN?.kasla daguitoy nga tattao sarita da nga sairta ngem awnan met ti kaes es kanna.Ammo yo ngamin ditoy ayan mi awanen ti kabaelan ti Mayor Jendrix ta binak-apan met ni Takit diay kalaban dan,Isu nga awan pwersa ti LUNA ti Lagayan ittata.saan payen piman nga agparang ni Apo Mayor iti ILI na.

    Ngem daytoy ti makunak kakabsat, ta ti Mayor ti Lapaz ket Maniakis, addan to met aldaw na dayta ta pakiaalaman na ti ASAWA ti maysa nga TA-O, For me your just counting your days, Mayor of Lapaz,How coud you do that TAH BAAM amin nga Baba_e, I hope you pay the prize whatever the times COME>

    Posted by Bartek tuleng | December 13, 2013, 6:32 pm
  24. dati apo natalna iti pidigan ngem sinerrek man met gamin dagitan demonyo nga agvalera’n, nea tatta, agum da nga talaga, ngem magustuam latta met ti tattao isuda gapo nga dakkel kwarta da. uray kasatnu agrigat ti abra kayat latta tao isuda ta awan garud nagadalan da.

    Posted by abra | December 13, 2013, 10:18 pm
  25. no patientayo amin nga nai post ditoy, kakaasi met ni jansen,, ammok nga saan nga agpayso daguita ipabpabasol yo ken dayta naemma nga ubing… makunak idi nga nagasat dayta nga ubing ta naikkan ti poder numan pay ubing la unay.. ngem ita adu met ti panda ipabasol kenkuana nga ammok ken adayo nga aramiden na…. kakabsat saan tay koma perdien ti langen langen da nga agasssawa.. gagangay ti agasssawa nga ag riri sag paminsan.. ngem di tay koma met sobraan ti i post tayo ditoy, gapu laeng ta kabalubal tayo ti politica.. jansen ken domino sapay koma ta malawlawagan ti panonot nga dua.. naurnos yo koma met ta bagbagi yo, tapno agdur-as ti ili nga pidigan…

    Posted by kulas | December 14, 2013, 3:27 am
  26. apay us usto nag Jb Bernos ken Domino Valera ti nag-comment ditoy ? Gamin naglaka ti agaramid ti profile ditoy , uray nia isursurat mo a nagan mabalin latta

    Posted by Sweet dreams | December 14, 2013, 3:54 am
  27. With all his greatness and accomplishments in life, Nelson will be missed more for his giving personality, caring for others, love, and most of all his HEART to his Family !! He gave it all every day to each and every one of us and our lives have forever been hollowed without him…. REST IN PEACE Tito Nelson !!!!!!
    My heart goes out to Felicitas family and May the comfort of God help you all during this difficult time.

    -Ahna of PA

    Posted by Ahna lee | December 14, 2013, 7:52 am
  28. Observe and lets see what happens to these persons.Their time is winding down. Its time for these criminals to make a second thought. Prepare the worse that could happen. Eliminate the roots so that once and for all, peace will regain in Abra.

    Posted by uttig | December 14, 2013, 5:10 pm
  29. I think we should focus and have concerns on issues regarding our province. Issues that we need to point out to be corrected, that will lead in the progress of our beloved province of ABRA. Not on issues about family concerns. Cause I think family issues are private matters. All of us have the right of privacy, even celebrities and politicians do have that right. Yes they are public figures, but there are things that they need to make it private like for example misunderstandings between family members, issues inside the house. Family problems are resolved within the family.

    Posted by evol | December 15, 2013, 1:47 am
  30. In respect to the deceased person,we should stop writing on why,what,how ,where and who..because we don’t know what really happened…gossips can’t prove anything, only the person who shot him knows why he was killed..so fellow abrenians,pls. stop writing all your speculations,deal this incident professionally…Merry Christmas & a happy new year to all.

    Posted by kim | December 15, 2013, 8:54 am
  31. You have always said here that the youngest son is the living evidence of infidelity . Everyone of the people involve has their reasons for doing what they did , supposedly if they did it . The writings here are purely hearsays and not proven in court thereby invalid . Janssen if she did what you say she did has also her own reasons , ang isang babae pag trinato ng mabuti ng kanyang asawa , hindi yan titingin sa iba . Pag totoo, na sinaktan att du binigyan ng respeto si Mayora ng kanyang asawa at ipinakita sa maraming tao ang kawalan ng kanyang respeto sa kanyang asawa , na hindi man lang hinintay na sila lang dalawa sa loob ng kanilang tahanan na i-solve ang kanilang differences , ibig sabihin ay gawain na ito ng kanyan asawa . Sinasaktan siguro at hindi nirerespeto si Janssen ng kanyang asawa kaya naghanap ito ng pay ibig sa iba . At siguro ay naibigay ito ni JB , ewan ko lang . Pero may sides ang lahat ng istorya , huwag nating husgahan si Janssen . May rason yun kaya nagkaganuon . Mukhang matalinong bata naman siya . Kung di siya matalino di siya naging mayor. Give her the benefit of the doubt . Babae yan , bakit yung mga lalaki lang ba ang may karapatang gumawa niyan ? Discrimination na yan .

    Posted by Sweet dreams | December 15, 2013, 10:24 am
    • Good points Sweet Dreams, but we must dig up first the real reason why we are so vulnerable to any kind of unwanted happenings in our life such as infidelity, killings, poverty, stealing, emotional or physical torture, just to mention a few. We can’t blame our parents nor our forefathers that we were so confident in exercising our God-given FREE WILL only to suffer the consequence afterwards for they too were victims of this ignorance or over- confidence due to lack of boldness on the part of the religious sectors in remolding our/their mind. Rich and poor alike are victims of this bad Karma and lucky for those few who were brought up in fearing God by responsible or not greedy parents for they seldom suffer any kind of bad luck in life. And if they do, they understood that it’s just a test of their unbreakable FAITH. Once again, I ‘m reminding the true believers or different kinds of religions to redouble their BOLDNESS in circumcising the uncircumcised heart and mind of all Abrenians especially our youth if we want to get rid of these hardships in life. These youth will be our last hope for our future if we failed again for they will be equipped then with enough courage to resist harassment or bullying in or outside the school that they could then apply in real life or political purposes. The best part is, we would be able then to produce righteous political leaders that will change the course of history of our beloved province. It’s not too late or a difficult task either for we still have enough three years to act before the thief politicians or other children of the devil field again themselves or puppet candidates on 2016 Election. Therefor, all different kinds of religion should conduct Bible Study in every corner of a barangay street anywhere in the province. This spiritual empowerment if possible should be conducted on a non-stop or 24/7 basis and not just during the weekends until the preaching of the good News will be absorbed fully by even the least intelligent or less-educated in that barangay/sitio. I’ll guarantee you that if even at least 75 % residents in that barangay become true believers (not lukewarm believers) that in a very short period of time or much earlier than 2016 Election, we could produce real people or real candidates to govern us in accordance with the will of God. And the question is, who doesn’t like it? How many % of them in that particular barangay comparing to those who want to change their life for the better? So, the choice is really obvious and indeed it’s all up to you suffering majority Abrenians. No ipapa-ubet tayo man daytoyen a wenno bahala nan, makaammo ni Apo Dios ditan, awan manen a, tuloy latta a ti intayo panagsagrap ti rigat ken butbuteng gapu met laeng ti kinasadut wenno kinatakrot tayo nga aggunay uray nakalaklaka laeng nga banag. Nagbasol ka babaen iti panang-abused mo kadayta nga Free Will mo, tatta dusdusain naka ni satanas, kasano ngarud nga ibagam nga makaammo ditan a ni Apo Dios? You mean He will help you in solving your problem without repenting first and obeying His will? Well…good luck..maybe you’re referring to other kind of gods like the stone, wind, sun, etc..like what other idolaters does. Well, continue doing it so that our greedy, thief, and criminal politicians will continue running your life miserably (until you’ve changed your mindset) for they too have the same kind of god or belief. Otherwise, they are the most hypocrite in the highest degree which the world have ever known and I’m assuring you that their would-be punishment will be the worst of its kind.

      Posted by balikwat | December 15, 2013, 1:35 pm
      • Ania met daytoy Balikwat, kasla metten maysa nga Ta-o nga agar-aramid ti libro,apay Sir saan mo aya nga ma explekar ti kayat mo sawen mai pnggep daytoy nga sitwasyon, siguro kunam ngata nga sika ket maysa ka ROCKET SCIENTIST,ngem saan ka maysa kadagita,Ta apay ket naka atatidog met daytoy inka insalaysay,mo ditoy? ket ti kayat ko nga sawen, why not just go to the direct point of your explanation.WEN?.

        Posted by Bartek tuleng | December 15, 2013, 5:55 pm
        • usto ta konam bartek tuleng,,, hahahah nakaad ado ket patpatangen nan di pay la ket agilokano ta mas maawatan ti tao…. no awan ti kinaagpaysuna na ni mayora ken JB apay nga kanayon nga isu ti ibagbagana kada speech na.. awan ti talna basta adda valera ….

          Posted by SARINGIT | December 19, 2013, 3:27 am
      • Balikwat, padasek man nga i-ilokano tay maysa nga estansa ti naisurat mo dita ngato;

        ” I ‘m reminding the true believers or different kinds of religions to redouble their BOLDNESS in circumcising the uncircumcised heart and mind of all Abrenians especially our youth if we want to get rid of these hardships in life.”

        ilokano na;

        “ket palagipak daguitay pudno nga mamakmati wenno daguitay sabsabali nga relihyon nga doblen da ti TURED da nga mankugit kadaguiti SUPOT nga puso ken SUPOT nga panunot daguiti ABRENIANS aglalo kadaguiti agtutubo no kayat tayo nga makalisi ti rigat/ bannnog ti biag”

        Syoke mayat met la tay translation ko? he, he, he,

        Posted by Bodong | December 15, 2013, 9:33 pm
        • Bodong, timmawag ni Syoke nga saan naka nga masungbatan, gapu ta Agpaspa Suso kano pay, he he he,

          Posted by Bartek tuleng | December 16, 2013, 12:25 pm
  32. People who are dead cannot give evidence no more ..so the living person should investigate in any means by using the four w’s if not it would be a cold case or unsolved mystery ..the only way that a case will lay to rest is when it is solve..people speculate gossip investigate which is normal if you block obstruct prior to investigatio that will conclude the people who wanna know what happen that you are hiding something that the world will know or the people of Abra that they should aware what was going on to their beloved province

    Posted by Gakong | December 15, 2013, 10:35 am
    • there was a post that has been deleted that could light or shead the missing puzzle of this case lucky i read some of it.. the admin should not delete this rude comments that sometimes give a missing tale that might be very harmful but in the end of the investigation it will give light to the case sometimes i would say this a.com was bias or hiding something that we should know like this tread that a love triangle has emerge a love child of infedelity and the two bry Captain that was dead due to loyalty to their bosses that lead to their death as a messenger to the parties involve..it is very dangerous to be messenger especially if it is infiltrated by a spy ..we are all investigators when you read a forum closely there always say that little contribution neither angry comment you could still get the idea that later on could help ..hoping that all of us learn something new and serve this as a warning

      Posted by Tekka | December 15, 2013, 12:43 pm
      • The closer to the ending of this forum the more intence and excitement to the reader..it could be better if most comments should not be deleted cause the truth always comes out and you can not hide from it ..the reader will be the Judge and opted to make good advice and participation

        Posted by Palileng | December 15, 2013, 4:08 pm
  33. U can never found the truth if you rely only on whst you had read palileng

    Posted by eric shawn | December 15, 2013, 10:55 pm
    • hey Eric Shawn no one is stupid to go beyond whatever you had read over ..here..this are feedbacks from the reader and the poster ..beside we are not the proper authority to investigate unless you are an FBI

      Posted by Howard | December 16, 2013, 12:20 am
      • From posting dated Dec 15 SweetDreams untill Pallileng are a good post till The Mental Erik Shawn Brag into a conersation in between ..there is no doubt that you Erik Shawn is well said that you are mental or COCO..you really need help and im offering you my services as psycologist i am Dra Jillian Rosales Kaiser Medical Center San Francisco California USA

        Posted by Dra Jillian Rosales | December 16, 2013, 12:45 am
        • Then come to abra and start the processs of treating me y me..? Bec i am a critic of takit? Y not takit and his allies and foes who made abra to be unsafe to live.

          Posted by eric shawn | December 16, 2013, 6:19 am
        • oh im sorry i thought you are from California Eriik Shawn …why should i come there in Abra is there aby suicide bommer that is ready to detonate .. i was born and raise here in California..are you sure you understand English Eriil Shawn

          Posted by Helen | December 16, 2013, 11:49 am
      • No wonder we have leaders like what we have now bec of you educated people who have information gap. Not everything you heard read reflects the real picture

        Posted by eric shawn | December 16, 2013, 6:23 am
        • Eric Shawn you are not helping ..you are intimidating ..are you thinking that we readers having a n information gap..is there something that we should know and aware off to fill the information gap ..then post something to read

          Posted by Ufck | December 16, 2013, 11:25 am
        • Im referring ti howard post if you know urself then ignore my post not intended for you and to you helen ihave a bad grammar in english but im not stupid and im not obliged to master your language bec im a filipino at mahal ko aking wika

          Posted by eric shawn | December 16, 2013, 3:02 pm
        • Helen bkt ayaw mo mgpunta ng abra d ka ba bnigyan ni takit pamasahe mo

          Posted by eric shawn | December 16, 2013, 3:04 pm
    • Find kunam a eric supsip saan nga found

      Posted by Gakong bodong | January 1, 2014, 8:58 pm
  34. Poru kayo amin a patta patta.Ti hushusto na deta ket ni lando bugtong ti nagpapatay ..
    Apay kuna yo? Gapwen tani bassong binabai na ni cessy luna….

    Posted by pogut | December 16, 2013, 3:41 pm
  35. Hi Pogot, ania met nga kina sairomon, ta iramraman mo met ni Cessy Luna daytoy nga sarsaritaan, agbabain ka Pogut ta saan nga kasta ti isturya wen?,Baliktaden yo manen ti naaramid ken ni Apo nga Kapitan ti Naguirayan, ta isu ti napan nangala ken kenn ni Jensen, GAPU ti Order ni Apo JB. BERNOS WEN? saan ka nga agsal salawasaw ta awan ti bibiang ti Luna FAMILY ti Probrema ti Agas sawa, No nagatel diay BABA_E ket saan mon nga ma atipa WEN?Ket daytoy LALAKI ket NATAKYANEN ti OLO na WEN? BASTOS KA POGUT.

    Posted by Bartek tuleng | December 16, 2013, 4:44 pm
  36. Asus deta ti rigat na kinyayo , ta puro kayo tsizmis inkay ket agmula ti kamotit tapno biag agprogreso.do la amin problemam ti biag. No awan ma obram pare ,inka la aglokditen

    Posted by pogut | December 16, 2013, 5:01 pm
  37. Sika pugot dimo ammo ti sar saritaem ta sika gayyem maysaka HUDAS wen?, isu nga saan ka agbasbastos ditoy nga pag sa saritaan, ta sika awn ti ammom WEN? Ibagam nga aglukditak,sika nga Ta_o awan pusom.

    Posted by Bartek tuleng | December 16, 2013, 5:38 pm
  38. Oh well what I can say ,there’s so many people wants to be HERO like this F U C K IN G Pogut.

    Posted by Bartek tuleng | December 16, 2013, 5:40 pm
  39. bartek ken poguts postings inkay manglinglingay man ti aldaw ko 😉

    Diay mesa kuna na hudas diay met mesa ibaon na apan aglokdit. La agpininget kYo ngaruden,duldog nga taga pidiganen.

    Posted by blackcat | December 16, 2013, 5:51 pm
  40. Oh well I don’t know if you are really my partner, when you and me, we are the most SCARY part of ILOCOS SUR, Manong BELONG, is that YOU?

    Posted by Bartek tuleng | December 16, 2013, 6:15 pm
  41. So much have been said on this thread. Let us be reminded that once we discard our physical life, it is the moment to face our creator. What we can do for those love ones who passes away is to pray for their soul, speak good things for them. One way or another we maybe able console their agony and pain. The thing is, we who are still alive is what matter now. We have still time left for us to amend whatever sins or mistakes we committed. Life is so short. The scripture said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18). Ania man dagiti madi nga naararamidan kabayatan iti panagbiag tay ditoy rabaw ti daga nga saan tay nga pinagbabawyan ken pinayadan, isu ti dadagsen tayto idiay langit. No nagpakawan ken namakawan tayo sakbay iti isasaklang tayo iti Namarsua, isu met iti mangwarwar kadagitoy mabalin a dadagsen tay koma. Manen, kadagiti appo nga politikos, adu unayen nga dara iti naibukbuk. Maamiris yo kuma nga iti solusyon kadagitoy nagkaadu nga krimen a maararamid ditoy ilitayo ng Abra ket adda kadagita im-imayo. May you rest in peace Pagayam Nelson Felicitas.

    Posted by naeling | December 16, 2013, 9:33 pm
    • Peace to all, especially to you Naeling! Paskuan ket arakupen tayo koma ti mensahe ti Mannubot ti isasangbayna ditoy daga- ayat, kapia ken ragsak. Adu ti naadalko ditoy nga thread, manipud kenca kabsat, ken ni P Abrenio, Macaraeg, Glen, Henesy, Mario Bang, Bodong, M Omli etc.
      Kayatko ti makiinnadal nannnangruna ti pudno nga sursuro ti biblia nga agturong ti pannakaisalakan ti tao nga managbasol (datayo amin, Romans 3:10 n 3:23). Let me repeat what you said ” What we can do for those who passed away is to pray for their soul, speak good things for them. One way or another we maybe able to console their agony n pain…….,.”. To speak good things for our dead is commendable as Japanese n Chinese and Pilipinos are doing. Ngem tay panangliwliwa (console) ken panangep-ep ti sakit ken panagto-ok da ket ti ammok ket awan problema. Ti natay ket agin-iinanan, awanen ti pootna, awanen ti riknana.( Verses on this will be quoted soon.). Even Rizal in last line in Ultimo adios said “to die is to rest”. Pudno ta kunam nga masapul nga ti tao ket agbabawi, agpakawan ti basbasolna sakbak ti ipapatayna tapno maadaan ti namnama nga agbiagto manen. Mabalin tayo nga tulongan ti pada nga tao nga agbalbaliw ngem isuda nga mismo laeng nga ken bagi ti makaisalakan ti biagda. We trust, evrything we ask is given……Matthew 7:7.
      Agtitinnulong tayo ngarud koma nga mangikararag, kas ar-aramidek ti binigat, ti pananglunag ti Dios ti timmanken nga puspuso dagiti adu nga agtuturay ta agbalbaliwdan ket aramidenda ti umno nga panagservi ken maadaanda koma ti baro nga puso ken panunot tapno maikarida ti biag nga awan kaaspingna iti baro nga daga ( Ezekiel 18:31,32 n Revelation 21:3,4) ken tapno maadaan metten ti talna ken rang-ay ti provincia.

      Posted by TAGAMASID | December 17, 2013, 5:23 am
  42. unfortunately for Muslims there are only 3 religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam for jews there is only one religion Judaism because they don’t believe in Jesus and hate Islam and anyways the latter 2 are a divorced products of internal politics. Siddhartha was always known to be a Nepali and Nepal should be proud of but thinking practically would it have any effect on Nepalis? Absolutely not they will still be the same except that they do have something more to talk about other than Everest and Maos.

    Posted by AC/DC | December 17, 2013, 2:04 am
  43. lol you are half smart. Muhammad was a warrior and Jesus was a vagabond too. When people like Muhammad, Jesus, Buddha or any other leader say they don’t. Follow any religion automaticallyimplies that they politically motivated and disagree with previous teachings. When they say not to create a religion after them again implies that they are feeding in the idea in to the minds of the poor people that they could intact create a new religion after them. Islam and Christianity has made it formal by writing laws and rules in bible and Qur’an but others chose to give their people freedom to lear, follow and absorb. Other religions of the world don’t talk about stupid fairytales on how earth was formed or how animal, birds and humans were born. Science has already proven those fairytales wrong. What is more important to humans is good deeds, restrain, respect, honesty and just rather then teaching them what to eat and what not to eat or how many times and how and where to pray. Hell and heaven all bs there’s no such thing. People have to learn about intellectual faith not blind fai

    Posted by Lolipop | December 17, 2013, 2:07 am
  44. Doesn’t one of the original commandments mention “A father is allowed to sell his daughter into slavery” ??

    “And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. If she does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights.”

    —Exodus 21 7-11

    The Bible seems to be a very contradictory texts. It reminds me of a Book my mother used to read to me entitled “Aesops Fables”, Funny believable stories with a hidden meaning that stays with us forever.
    Not all the scrolls were printed in the Bible because they contradicted the bible stories (Who decided this?).

    And Finally “THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD” Gives the story of RA born of the Sun God from a Virgin thousands of years before the story of Jesus, also visited by wise men.

    They believe that buddists travelled the world picking up stories and passing them on. Where even the Jews believe today that a town of anti-jewish beliefs conjured up these “stories” to get back at jews!!

    Posted by mohasa | December 17, 2013, 2:10 am
  45. I simply don’t know what this is all about! That the Buddha was born at that location was already known. Cunningham did not find a birth certificate to shout eureka, I’ve found it! As well, we do not know that the temple was a Buddhist temple until details are given to prove that it is a Buddhist temple. Be reminded that temples existed prior to the Buddha’s birth. Until then, this is a made for tv presentation and the ads have started!
    The most that can be claimed here is a confirmation of the general location and perhaps a more precise timeframe within which the Buddha was born. I say general location because Buddha’s trappings would not be found there since he wandered away from Nepal into India where he would become the Buddha.

    Posted by bragana | December 17, 2013, 2:13 am
  46. he United Nations has appealed for a record $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbours to help 16 million people, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a conflict that has lasted 33 months with no end in sight.

    The Syrian appeal accounted for half of an overall funding plan of $12.9 billion for 2014 to help 52 million people in 17 countries, announced by UN emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos at a meeting of donor countries in Geneva on Monday.

    There are parts of country where for 22-23 hours a day people aren’t getting electricity. Fuel is scarce. Even if the violence were to stop tomorrow we would have to maintain help on the humanitarian front.

    Valerie Amos, UN emergency relief coordinator.

    “This is the largest amount we have ever had to request at the start of the year,” Amos told a news conference, referring to the worldwide appeal.

    The money requested for Syria, covering food, drinking water, shelter, education, health services and polio vaccines, was the largest UN appeal ever for a single crisis.

    More than 100,000 people have been killed in a civil war that has uprooted millions of people, devastated many cities and wreaked havoc on the economy and basic public services.

    Syria’s currency has plummeted by 80 per cent since the revolt began in March 2011, and destruction of the water network has left 10 million people – almost half the pre-war population – relying on the UN to chlorinate water.

    “There are parts of country where for 22-23 hours a day people aren’t getting electricity. Fuel is scarce,” said Amos, who visited Damascus briefly on Saturday to meet ministers.

    “Even if the violence were to stop tomorrow we would have to maintain help on the humanitarian front,” she said.

    Amos was cautious about chances of a breakthrough at peace talks between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and his opponents that are scheduled to begin in Switzerland on January 22.

    “Obviously the expectations have to be modest in this point of time,” she said.

    Airlifts from Iraq

    The UN estimates that 250,000 Syrians are living under siege as winter bites, most of them encircled by government forces, but also including 45,000 in two towns in the north that are besieged by anti-Assad rebels.

    The United Nation’s Security Council issued a presidential statement on October 2 calling for protection of civilians, demilitarisation of schools and hospitals, and improved access for aid workers.

    The UN started airlifting aid from Iraq on Sunday, as it was too dangerous to go by land, said Antonio Guterres, head of the UN refugee agency.

    The UN is seeking $2.3 billion to help 9.3 million people in Syria next year, compared with its 2013 appeal of $1.4 billion, of which only 62 percent has been received.

    For five neighbouring countries – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – it is seeking $4.2 billion to assist up to 4.1 million Syrian refugees and host communities who will be given food aid, including cash or vouchers.

    Its overall appeal for 2014 also includes aid to Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and the Philippines.

    Posted by zizi | December 17, 2013, 2:22 am
  47. Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia – On December 17, this town turns out to commemorate the anniversary of the day Mohamed Bouazizi, a young street vendor, set himself ablaze in protest of treatment from local authorities. His act soon entered popular iconography as the catalyst of the 2011 uprising that ousted Tunisia’s former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

    Last year, president Moncef Marzouki and National Constituent Assembly (NCA) head Mustapha Ben Jaafar’s speeches at the event were met with booing and even rocks thrown from the crowd.

    Marzouki was immediately questioned by onlookers about government inaction; Ben Jafaar’s speech was met with chants of “degage,” or “get out”. After he left the podium, attendees threw stones at the stage before the politicians were escorted out by security officials.

    As the third anniversary of Bouazizi’s immolation rounds the corner, little has changed in Sidi Bouzid.

    In a region long under-funded by the Tunisian government, residents say their lot has actually worsened since the revolution.

    After three years there have been no positive developments.

    – Lazhar Gharbi, a member of Sidi Bouzid’s December 17 planning committee and the UGTT labor union

    The national unemployment rate has hovered between 15 and 17 percent for the past three years, with youth unemployment sitting at 22 percent in 2010. The same year, for non-coastal regions like Sidi Bouzid, youth unemployment hit 34.5 percent, according to the Tunisia’s National Institute of Statistics.

    Members of the Tunisian government have pledged to address the bleak economic outlook in the region. In November, the government promised to open faculties of medicine in three governorates, including Sidi Bouzid. Still, in a town where residents complain about the usability of major roads, residents say that what the region needs is jobs and infrastructure.

    “There’s no work in Sidi Bouzid,” said Imen Jaballi, a 22 year-old student of French in Kairouan. “People either leave or sit at home.”

    “Most of my friends leave to study for their bachelors. They go to Sousse, Tunis, Kairouan or Gabes,” all larger, more developed cities.

    Jaballi, who wants to work as a professor, says she knows she will have to leave Sidi Bouzid.

    Unemployment is rampant among the highly educated in Tunisia, according the NIS data. As of May 2011, the unemployment rate of young persons with at least some collegiate education was 29 percent. Job creation remains bleak.

    According to Sidi Bouzid residents, difficulties of economy, security, and politics during the transitional period have only exacerbated the regional disparities.

    “After three years there have been no positive developments,” said Lazhar Gharbi, a member of both Sidi Bouzid’s December 17 planning committee and the UGTT labor union. In fact, he said, “There have been negative developments with criminality, terrorism, and smuggling.”

    Clashes with police

    Sidi Bouzid has made recent headlines for claims of arbitrary arrests, clashes between the police and citizens, and the 2012 ransacking and closure of a local hotel that served alcohol.

    In October, six national guards and one police officer was killed in a counter-terrorism operation in the governorate, an act of violence that temporarily derailed Tunisia’s ongoing political talks.

    “We need a Marshall plan in Sidi Bouzid,” Gharbi insisted. “The state must take initiative and do something to encourage Tunisian and foreign investors.”

    Gharbi added that, “For investment to come to Sidi Bouzid, we need better infrastructure. There must be good roads, modern telecommunication technology and signal, hotels.”

    Jaballi, however, seems to think the government has turned a willingly blind eye to the region.

    “The government doesn’t want to get involved in Sidi Bouzid because they’re afraid [involvement] will create chaos,” she said.

    Since the start of 2012, the governorate has seen three governors, two of whom were ousted by popular protests. This instability at the regional level is underscored by uncertainty in Tunisia’s national political scene.

    Three separate administrations have taken the helm since the ouster of Ben Ali in 2011. The current government, headed by Marzouki, Ben Jaafar, and current prime minister Ali Laarayedh, has faced calls to resign since June of this year. The demands for resignation intensified after the July assassination of Mohamed Brahmi, an opposition NCA member.

    On December 14, the government was preparing to approve a fourth, caretaker administration, headed by current Minister of Industry Mehdi Jomaa. The political talks meant to usher in this caretaker government have repeatedly been delayed or fallen just short of disintegration due to security concerns, popular unrest, and disagreements between political parties.

    This political tension has played itself out in Sidi Bouzid’s annual commemoration of Bouazizi’s martyrdom, as seen during last year’s incidents.

    At the time, the Tunisian government was nearly two months behind on their self-imposed deadline to finish the country’s draft constitution. A November anti-government protest in Siliana was met with violent crackdown from police.

    50 years of dictatorship

    Marzouki told attendees of the December 17 festival that he understood their fear and frustration but that the government is “dealing with an aftermath of 50 years of dictatorship that [it] cannot fix in 12 months”.

    Residents had sacked governor Amara Tlijani just a few months before Marzouki and Ben Jafaar took the stage and were subsequently booed out of town.

    “The youth who did the revolution were optimistic, that this revolution would lead to many things, but this was a false promise,” said Gharbi. “December 17, 2012 was their answer.”

    Leading political party Ennahdha denounced the actions at the 2012 festival, saying that such unrest would quell the exact sort of investment that Sidi Bouzid residents say they seek. Members of government also blamed opposition parties, rather than individual citizens, for orchestrating the protests.

    This year, two separate events are planned to take place on December 17; one organized by major unions UGTT and UTICA, the leftist Popular Front, and civil society organizations, and one officially sanctioned programme, which will feature remarks from government officials as well as artistic performances.

    Marzouki has confirmed his attendance, according to organizers.

    “Politics have divided Sidi Bouzid,” says Aida Daly, an organizer of this year’s official December 17 programme. “It will be impossible to repeat the first [anniversary].”

    “There is nothing to celebrate” this year, Daly added. “After the revolution, we still see martyrs; police and security officers who died because of violence and terrorism.”

    Part of the UGTT-backed programme will be what organizers are calling a peaceful march to express loyalty to the martyr’s of the revolution. The committee has designated public spaces in Sidi Bouzid to be named in memorial of Mohamed Brahmi, who was assassinated this year.

    As for unrest, both Gharbi and Daly acknowledged the tense political tone underlying the planned events; Daly citing whispers of protest in Sidi Bouzid, and Gharbi pledging them. and expressing that the political climate affects these programmes.

    “This year, like last year, the festival will have a stamp of politics,” said Daly, adding, “I don’t imagine there will be more promises this year.”

    Robert Joyce and Mohamed M’dalla contributed reporting.

    Posted by lizl | December 17, 2013, 2:24 am
  48. Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia – On December 17, this town turns out to commemorate the anniversary of the day Mohamed Bouazizi, a young street vendor, set himself ablaze in protest of treatment from local authorities. His act soon entered popular iconography as the catalyst of the 2011 uprising that ousted Tunisia’s former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

    Last year, president Moncef Marzouki and National Constituent Assembly (NCA) head Mustapha Ben Jaafar’s speeches at the event were met with booing and even rocks thrown from the crowd.

    Marzouki was immediately questioned by onlookers about government inaction; Ben Jafaar’s speech was met with chants of “degage,” or “get out”. After he left the podium, attendees threw stones at the stage before the politicians were escorted out by security officials.

    As the third anniversary of Bouazizi’s immolation rounds the corner, little has changed in Sidi Bouzid.

    In a region long under-funded by the Tunisian government, residents say their lot has actually worsened since the revolution.

    After three years there have been no positive developments.

    – Lazhar Gharbi, a member of Sidi Bouzid’s December 17 planning committee and the UGTT labor union

    The national unemployment rate has hovered between 15 and 17 percent for the past three years, with youth unemployment sitting at 22 percent in 2010. The same year, for non-coastal regions like Sidi Bouzid, youth unemployment hit 34.5 percent, according to the Tunisia’s National Institute of Statistics.

    Members of the Tunisian government have pledged to address the bleak economic outlook in the region. In November, the government promised to open faculties of medicine in three governorates, including Sidi Bouzid. Still, in a town where residents complain about the usability of major roads, residents say that what the region needs is jobs and infrastructure.

    “There’s no work in Sidi Bouzid,” said Imen Jaballi, a 22 year-old student of French in Kairouan. “People either leave or sit at home.”

    “Most of my friends leave to study for their bachelors. They go to Sousse, Tunis, Kairouan or Gabes,” all larger, more developed cities.

    Jaballi, who wants to work as a professor, says she knows she will have to leave Sidi Bouzid.

    Unemployment is rampant among the highly educated in Tunisia, according the NIS data. As of May 2011, the unemployment rate of young persons with at least some collegiate education was 29 percent. Job creation remains bleak.

    According to Sidi Bouzid residents, difficulties of economy, security, and politics during the transitional period have only exacerbated the regional disparities.

    “After three years there have been no positive developments,” said Lazhar Gharbi, a member of both Sidi Bouzid’s December 17 planning committee and the UGTT labor union. In fact, he said, “There have been negative developments with criminality, terrorism, and smuggling.”

    Clashes with police

    Sidi Bouzid has made recent headlines for claims of arbitrary arrests, clashes between the police and citizens, and the 2012 ransacking and closure of a local hotel that served alcohol.

    In October, six national guards and one police officer was killed in a counter-terrorism operation in the governorate, an act of violence that temporarily derailed Tunisia’s ongoing political talks.

    “We need a Marshall plan in Sidi Bouzid,” Gharbi insisted. “The state must take initiative and do something to encourage Tunisian and foreign investors.”

    Gharbi added that, “For investment to come to Sidi Bouzid, we need better infrastructure. There must be good roads, modern telecommunication technology and signal, hotels.”

    Jaballi, however, seems to think the government has turned a willingly blind eye to the region.

    “The government doesn’t want to get involved in Sidi Bouzid because they’re afraid [involvement] will create chaos,” she said.

    Since the start of 2012, the governorate has seen three governors, two of whom were ousted by popular protests. This instability at the regional level is underscored by uncertainty in Tunisia’s national political scene.

    Three separate administrations have taken the helm since the ouster of Ben Ali in 2011. The current government, headed by Marzouki, Ben Jaafar, and current prime minister Ali Laarayedh, has faced calls to resign since June of this year. The demands for resignation intensified after the July assassination of Mohamed Brahmi, an opposition NCA member.

    On December 14, the government was preparing to approve a fourth, caretaker administration, headed by current Minister of Industry Mehdi Jomaa. The political talks meant to usher in this caretaker government have repeatedly been delayed or fallen just short of disintegration due to security concerns, popular unrest, and disagreements between political parties.

    This political tension has played itself out in Sidi Bouzid’s annual commemoration of Bouazizi’s martyrdom, as seen during last year’s incidents.

    At the time, the Tunisian government was nearly two months behind on their self-imposed deadline to finish the country’s draft constitution. A November anti-government protest in Siliana was met with violent crackdown from police.

    50 years of dictatorship

    Marzouki told attendees of the December 17 festival that he understood their fear and frustration but that the government is “dealing with an aftermath of 50 years of dictatorship that [it] cannot fix in 12 months”.

    Residents had sacked governor Amara Tlijani just a few months before Marzouki and Ben Jafaar took the stage and were subsequently booed out of town.

    “The youth who did the revolution were optimistic, that this revolution would lead to many things, but this was a false promise,” said Gharbi. “December 17, 2012 was their answer.”

    Leading political party Ennahdha denounced the actions at the 2012 festival, saying that such unrest would quell the exact sort of investment that Sidi Bouzid residents say they seek. Members of government also blamed opposition parties, rather than individual citizens, for orchestrating the protests.

    This year, two separate events are planned to take place on December 17; one organized by major unions UGTT and UTICA, the leftist Popular Front, and civil society organizations, and one officially sanctioned programme, which will feature remarks from government officials as well as artistic performances.

    Marzouki has confirmed his attendance, according to organizers.

    “Politics have divided Sidi Bouzid,” says Aida Daly, an organizer of this year’s official December 17 programme. “It will be impossible to repeat the first [anniversary].”

    “There is nothing to celebrate” this year, Daly added. “After the revolution, we still see martyrs; police and security officers who died because of violence and terrorism.”

    Part of the UGTT-backed programme will be what organizers are calling a peaceful march to express loyalty to the martyr’s of the revolution. The committee has designated public spaces in Sidi Bouzid to be named in memorial of Mohamed Brahmi, who was assassinated this year.

    As for unrest, both Gharbi and Daly acknowledged the tense political tone underlying the planned events; Daly citing whispers of protest in Sidi Bouzid, and Gharbi pledging them. and expressing that the political climate affects these programmes.

    “This year, like last year, the festival will have a stamp of politics,” said Daly, adding, “I don’t imagine there will be more promises this year.”

    Robert Joyce and Mohamed M’dalla contributed reporting.

    Posted by kim jong | December 17, 2013, 2:26 am
  49. Naggapgapuan dagitoy baribar. I-copy paste da met lattan dagitoy ipost da ditoy a.comen.

    Posted by naeling | December 17, 2013, 2:31 am
  50. Posted by jaime | December 17, 2013, 2:32 am

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