By Dexter A. See
BANGUED, Abra—Senior Supt. Benjamin Lusad, outgoing Abra police chief, recently turned over his post to Senior Supt. Virgilio Laya, saying Abra has shed its image as a hotbed of political conflict and violence.
“We have accomplished what others had perceived as impossible to do and we delivered. The 2013 national, local and barangay elections were the most peaceful elections in Abra’s political history,” Lusad said.
“Over and above all these, we have brought back the trust of the community in the police.”
The rites were also attended by Governor Eustaquio Bersamin along with La Paz Mayor Joseph Sto. Nino Bernos, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines Abra Chapter.
According to Bersamin, Lusad is credited for zero-violence during last year’s May mid-term polls due to aggressive law enforcement combined with mediation among parties up to the towns and villages.
“The people of Abra are saddened over the sudden change in leadership of the local police force but because it is for the advancement of the career of Senior Supt. Lusad, we will be allowing him to go with the hope that he will continue to extend his assistance to the province for a sustained peacekeeping campaign,” he said.
Bersamin said a peaceful Abra would spell economic growth and improved living conditions in remote communities.
Lusad expressed confidence in moving on knowing the post is in good hands.
“I leave behind a solid Team Abra that is focused on enhancing our Peacekeeping Strategy for the province,” he told his successor.
Laya said the challenge is well taken with the all-out support of stakeholders.
“We will sustain whatever the gains of peace and order in the province. We will continue to reach out to our people in order to sustain the trust and confidence of the people to our local police force,” he said.