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Author DECEMBER 2010 - ABRA NEWS & ARTICLES
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Posted on 04-12-2010 14:19
b]PIA Press Release
2010/12/04

Abra Green Movement ensures survival of trees
by Maritess Beñas [/b]Langiden, Abra (4 December) -- The Abra Green Movement visited the trees they had planted in Bry. Quillat, Langiden during the onset of the rainy seasons this year to make sure the plants have survived.

Ms. Ruby Mamsaang-Bersamin, wife of Governor Eustaquio Bersamin and president of the Abra Green Movement reported that the plants are in good condition because the school children and the parents are taking care of the trees planted.

Relative to this, Barangay Captain Feliciano Bueno of Quillat requested Ms. Bersamin for drilling equipment and artesian well for their source of potable water and for watering the forest trees planted within the compounds of the Quillat Elementary School.

The tree planting which the Abra Green Movement had initiated will have a follow up activity next year with fruit bearing trees to be planted so that the school children will have sources of fruits later.

The group likewise gave gifts to the school children and their parents in the form of toys and clothing which were donated by the Filipino communities in America. Groceries were also given. A computer set was also given by Ms. Bersamin to the school through Mr. Delfin Blando, the Teacher-In-Charge.

As a show of sustained effort to give preferential attention to the people of Quillat, they were also invited as special guests at the Provincial Capitol during the lighting ceremony last November 26. (PIA-Abra) [top]

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101204.htm&no=55


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Posted on 04-12-2010 14:21
PIA Press Release
2010/12/04

Sectoral groups work together on climate change mitigation
by Maritess Beñas


Bucay, Abra (4 December) -- Another tree planting activity was carried out by the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual, Cultural Advancement (OISCA), the Red Cross - Abra, the Rotary Club of Bangued and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in the mini park of the Tabiog Elementary School in Bucay last November 29 in celebration of this year's Andres Bonifacio Day.

In a report made by Charlie Bisquera, Deped Principal in Bangued and a member of the Red Cross, this joint effort of the three civic organizations in the province is their way of contributing to the worsening problem of climate change in the country and the global community.

Delfin Tesoro of the OISCA further explained that the Tabio Elem School is one of the numerous schools in the province that were adopted by the organization wayback in 1996. The gemelina trees that were planted there in 1996 according to Engr. Ernesto Aton, the PENRO head and president of the Rotary club of Bangued, the trees are now 15 meters in height and about ready to be harvested.

That is why instead of planting additional forest trees last Nov. 29, the group decided to plant coffee. The 100 seedlings of Arabica and Robusta coffee that were planted came from Daguioman municipality. These varieties are now acclimatized to the area and there is no problem with growing the coffee plants.

Coffee was also chosen to be planted in the school compound as income-generation project for the school. The coffee will bear fruit within a five-year period. The seeds will be sold by the school and the proceeds will go to the special funds of the school to support their operations. (PIA-Abra)

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101204.htm&no=57


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Posted on 04-12-2010 14:31
PIA Press Release
2010/12/04

Lady legislators support 18-Day end violence vs women campaign
by Maritess Beñas
Bangued, Abra (4 December) -- Lady legislators in the province were all out in their support to the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) in Abra during the launching of this year's 18-Day End Violence Against Women held last November 26 at the provincial capitol here.

Board Member Ma. Elena Jenkins, chairperson of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan committee on women and Bangued Councilor Salvacion Borja, chairperson of the SB committee on women joined the launching activities of the KALIPI-Abra.

The launching started with a motorcade around the town proper of Bangued. Their vehicles carried this year's theme "Magna Carta ni PiNay, Gawing Tunay - Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan!" and various issuances and laws governing the protection of women in any and all forms of violence including the signed commitments of the Republic of the Philippines to the International Convention on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) among others.

After the motorcade, a forum on the above concerns of women was held at the Provincial Capitol grounds. The forum was graced by Ms. Ruby M. Bersamin, the honorary chairperson of KALIPI-Abra. She was the first who gave her support to the campaign in the form of her signature and financial assistance.

The signature campaign will last until December 12, 2010.

Prior to the launching of the campaign in Bangued, the KALIPI Provincial Federation officers led by this writer, as the president and the focal persons led by Ms. Noemi Bachiller from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office joined the parade in Tayum in celebration of their town fiesta. Streamers and placards to promote the campaign were also hang around for public viewing as part of the advocacy campaign to stop violence against women.

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101204.htm&no=56



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Posted on 06-12-2010 13:29
PIA Press Release
2010/12/06

Abra representative reports on accomplishments
by Maritess Benas


Bangued, Abra (6 December) -- Abra Congresswoman Jocelyn Valera-Bernos presented her accomplishments during the inauguration of her district office at the ground floor of the Provincial Capitol Building in Bangued last December 3. 2010.

In her speech, Bernos enumerated the eight committees where she is a member aside from her being the vice-chair of the committee on cooperatives and development. These the public works and highways; order and safety; women and gender equality; games and amusement; natural resources; health; natural and cultural; and appropriate farming.

The young legislator announced that she had already filed her own proposed bills in Congress and these are now ready for reading. These are the recognition of the Abrenian Kawayan Festival; conversion of La Paz District Hospital to a National Hospital; Management of the Abra River; the Proper management of the Abra Electric Cooperative; dismantling private armies; magna carta for journalists; establishment of municipal livelihood; provision of assistance to immediate family of soldiers killed in the performance of their duties; and for the minimum salary grade of public school teachers; among others.

The Congresswoman spoke of transparency in the implementation of her P551,800,068.00 Congressional Funds for the year 2011. She disclosed her priority projects to be funded. The soft projects include medical assistance to indigent Abrenios, sponsorship of indigent families in the PhilHealth insurance; free hospitalization for Abrenios in the three biggest hospitals in Manila; financial assistance for various social services; botika sa barangay; livelihood projects to municipalities.

Hard projects include the concreting of farm to market roads in the the following municipalities: Penarrubia, Luba, Manabo, Danglas, Licuan-Baay, Villaviciosa, Tubo, and the barangays of Bangued; school buildings in Suyo National High School in Pidigan, La Paz and San Isidro; and the extension of Calot Elementary School of Bangued which is now on-going construction.

There are already on-going projects which the Congresswoman reported like the water system in Sallapadan; the construction of the Abra-Cervantes national road in Tubo and the upgrading of the Abra-Kalinga Road.

Bernos also announced that said she is giving two units of fire trucks to the Bureau of Fire Protection in the province and a C.T. Scan for the new provincial hospital.

On the same occasion, Cong. Bernos and Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin administered the oath taking of some newly elected Barangay Captains and Barangay Councilors.

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101206.htm&no=A4


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Posted on 07-12-2010 00:10
How long does it take for Abreco to come up with its Bylaws? More than three years? If its Directors really want to come up with Abreco's Bylaws, all they need to do is get hold of a decent lawyer to prepare one. Those Bylaws come easy to prepare and any PH lawyer worth his salt knows where to obtain a form and do the necessary modifications to suit the purposes of the organization. Loreto Serares Jr. should ask his father the judge if he has heard of such a thing as Legal Forms Book.

My guess is, the Directors and General Manager are all in cahoots covering their tracks as regards the way they spent the funds of Abreco in the past. What I am particularly eager to see would be a detailed audit report. The Congresswoman of Abra should persist in getting this cooperative audited. Abreco should not become the milking cow of those directors and GM.

The Congresswoman should try to let the public know the backgrounds of those Directors and who appointed them to their seats. The Congresswoman should also persist in getting a bill passed requiring cooperatives' books to be accessible to the members and their legal representatives.



House clears Abra electric coop of irregularites
by Artemio Dumlao (The Philippine Star) Updated December 07, 2010
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Bangued, Abra, Philippines – The House committee on cooperative development has already cleared the Abra Electric Cooperative of alleged irregularities.

Abra Electric Cooperative Board of Directors headed by their president David Guzman explained to Rep. Jose Ping-ay, House committee chairman and other congressmen during the House investigation that Abreco have been above-board in all its actions at the heels of complaints it has not been conducting general assemblies, its officials have been appointed irregularly, among others.

Earlier, Abra Rep. Joy Bernos in House Resolution 423 asked the House to probe Abreco over controversies in the management of the electric cooperative. Bernos had questioned that Abreco has not been holding its general membership assemblies for three years, hence its board of directors and its general manager had been holding on to their positions illegally.

But Abreco general manager Loreto Seares Jr., maintains no general assemblies were called for the past three years because the cooperative is on a transition period toward registering itself at the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) from its old National Electrification Administrion (NEA) registration.

From March 2007, Seares said CDA gave them two years to prepare the requirements in its registration including the fixing of its by-laws.

Earlier, it was found out that Abreco’s by-laws missed to include standard requirements in choosing candidates for the cooperative’s general manager.

Abreco also said that after CDA gave them another year to finalize all requirements, a general assembly planned in March 2010 was re-scheduled to March in 2011 because of the new Cooperative Code of 2009 that again changed the requirements for cooperative registrations.

Seares vowed in the 2011 general assembly of the cooperative, proposed amendments in their by-laws will be ratified which would be the basis in choosing the new set of BOD and the general manager.




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Posted on 07-12-2010 00:25
The news article of Maritess Benas on December 6, 2010 about the Congresswoman's report on her accomplishments and the projects she is involved in sounds like a breath of fresh air.

I am very much interested in knowing more on the details of her soft projects. I am referring to the portion of the news article that reads ..... "The Congresswoman spoke of transparency in the implementation of her P551,800,068.00 Congressional Funds for the year 2011. She disclosed her priority projects to be funded. The soft projects include medical assistance to indigent Abrenios, sponsorship of indigent families in the PhilHealth insurance; free hospitalization for Abrenios in the three biggest hospitals in Manila; financial assistance for various social services; botika sa barangay; livelihood projects to municipalities."

I am hoping the Congresswoman would hold an interview again with the DZPA staff to let us know the details of her projects.




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Posted on 09-12-2010 14:16
A very appropriate message from the good monsignor at this time of the year when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the King of Peace.

Peace in Abra seems elusive right now but it is not impossible to achieve. For as long as people in power and those seeking to be in power continue to eye the money that comes with the position, even if the money is not meant for their personal use, they will die and kill for the money and the power.

The common people like us should demand for accountability of the money politicians receive on behalf of the people of Abra and the different towns. The media should contine to discover how much funds go to the people and trace how much is actually spent for the benefit of the people.

The common people like you and me can help towards this goal and dream of achieving peace by reporting to the PROPER authorities those who perpetuate violence so that justice may eventually be served. The question is, who are the proper authorities when we cannot even trust the police?

Maybe next time Monsignor Peig or Bishop Jaucian deliver a strong message like this one, they should invite the PNP head of Abra, the politicians and the Judge. If the Judge dispenses justice as he should do, then violent people will learn to respect natural law, moral law and especially the legal system, more particularly the penal code.
*SL*



PIA Press Release
2010/12/08

Abra celebrates Week for Peace 2010
by Maritess Benas
Bangued, Abra (8 December) -- "If we want peace, we have to start with ourselves and stop blaming others for the absence of peace. Even simply thinking of peace is a good step to start working for peace."

Thus advised Msgr. Nilo S. Peig, Vicar-General of the Diocese of Bangued, in his homily during the liturgical celebration of the Abra Week for Peace (AWP) celebration last December 5 at the Provincial Capitol Atrium in Bangued.

The theme for this year's AWP celebration is the same as last year, Abrenioak, linak ken talna kalikagumak" (I am an Abrenio, I desire for peace and order).

Provincial Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin suggested the same theme shall be carried until peace shall have been achieved in Abra.

Msgr. Peig suggested that the next step would be to take the next theme as "Abrenioak, linak ken talna ti ipangpangrunak nga ipagna ken ikagumaak nga ipakat" (I am an Abrenio, I will push and work for peace and order).

The week-long celebration from December 4 - 10 lined up daily activities towards peace-building. The kick-off ceremony was a fun run 6:00 AM starting from Brgy. Mudeng, La Paz to the Bangued Town Plaza where the opening program was held. This was followed by the opening of the Christmas Bazaar where indigenous products of the province are on sale during the duration of the AWP celebration.

Every afternoon, a basketball tournament is held at the Bangued Town Plaza. This is a simple friendship game for the various agencies in Abra simple to lighten the week-long celebrations.

Dec. 5 was devoted to a liturgical celebration and a motorcade around the town proper for public awareness.

December 6 brought all the agencies to an outreach project in Bucloc. Medical, dental and veterinary services were rendered and distribution of relief goods and vegetable seeds were also undertaken. Residents from the municipalities of Boliney and Daguioman were also invited in Bucloc for the outreach activity there.

The governor also led the people in planting bamboo seedlings along the Bucloc River after which a dialogue between the government agencies and the community people was made to further listen to the issues and concerns of the people for the agencies to respond according to their mandates and capacities to act on said concerns.

The Ancestral Domain Summit is set on December 7 and 8. Regional Director Juan Ngalob of the National Economic and Development Authority- Cordillera (NEDA-CAR) was also invited to speak on the prospects of regional autonomy and development.

The elders resolved that the problem of boundary disputes have to be settled first as embodied in the provisions of the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA) if we want real and lasting peace between and among tribes in Abra.

It can be noted that of the 10 major sub-tribes of the Tingguian communities in Abra, only Penarrubia had been granted their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) despite efforts of the various tribes to work for the issuance of their respective CADT since local officials have not been cooperative enough for fear that their share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) which is the primary source of the income of the local government units (LGUs) would be affected with the modification of the boundaries should the tribal boundaries be established.

A forum on the Criminal Justice System is set on December 9 and the celebration will culminate on Dec. 10 with a Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting. (PIA-Abra)

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101208.htm&no=B5



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Posted on 10-12-2010 18:23
Fugitive killed, 2 others injured in Abra shootout
By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) Updated December 10, 2010 04:55 PM Comments (0)

MANILA, Philippines — A fugitive was killed while two others were wounded after a shootout with police in Abra province.

Police said Fernando Baay succumbed to gunshot wounds during the encounter with members of Task Force Abra and Abra Provincial Police yesterday morning in Brgy. Cosili East, Bangued.

Meanwhile, the suspect's companions --Amban Baay and Erwin Tejero-- were brought to the Abra Provincial Hospital for treatment.

The suspects were reportedly have a standing warrants of arrest for a murder.

Police seized from the suspects an M16 rifle and two shotguns.


Source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=638013&publicationSubCategoryId=200





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Posted on 13-12-2010 11:59
ABRA PROVINCIAL NSO NOW ISSUING SECURITY PAPERS
By: Maritess B. Beñas / PIA-Abra
Posted: 30-Nov-2010 / 1 week 6 days ago
BAGUIO CITY –

The National Statistics office (NSO) Provincial Office in Bangued in Abra is e now issuing security papers such as birth, death and marriage certificates and Certificate of No Marriage.

According to NSO Regional Director Olivia Gulla, the Abra Provincial NSO office now joins the list of NSO’s Batch Request Entry and Query System (BREQS) partners all over the region.

‘The people in Abra do not need to go to Baguio anymore to apply for their NSO security papers. All they have to do is to go to our provincial office in Bangued and then receive what they have applied for in just a week,’ Gulla said.

According to Gulla, additional fees are added to the usual charges in applying for birth, marriage or death certificates or even the Cenomar and the fee varies depending on the NSO BREQS partner. For Abra it is P40.00,’ she stressed.

‘Usually our BREQS partners are LGUs but for Abra no LGU has signified intention so we decided that our provincial officewill handle it,’ Gulla explained.

Under BREQS, our partners including the NSO provincial office in Abra, will receive their applications and then through designated liason officers will forward their application the NSO regional office (in Baguio) and later claim after processing, she explained.

Other NSO BREQS partners in the region are the local government units of Bontoc, Tadian, Paracelis and Barlig in Mountain Province; Conner and Luna in Apayao and Tabuk in Kalinga.

NSO already has a Memorandum of Agreement with the LGU of Balbalan, Kalinga and Mankayan, Benguet LGU has also already affirmed its plan in partnering with NSO.

Another BREQS partner of NSO is SM City Baguio. Aside from avoiding the long queue at the NSO Regional Office, the public could also now have the convenience of applying for their NSO security papers while shopping or enjoying the mall.

The BREQS are a big help for the people in the provinces like during this time when many athletes needs a birth certificate for the provincial sports meet, Gulla pointed out. **Lito Dar/PIA

Source: http://www.baguiocity.com/news_article/abra-provincial-nso-now-issuing-security-papers


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Posted on 13-12-2010 12:15
I pinched myself, I rubbed my eyes and still I am reading the same articl. Am I dreaming or what?

Even if only for a limited time and for a select group, I am glad that Sallapadan can at least offer a haven of safety for our young boy scouts. This Sallapadan feat tells us that peace in Abra is achievable and not just an illusion. This accomplishment of Sallapadan tells us that in some Abra towns, there is still some respect for law and order.

Why cannot all Abra towns demonstate such observance of peace and respect for law and order?
*SL*

SCOUTERS PROVE ABRA IS SAFE FOR CAMPING OUT
By: Maritess B. Beñas / PIA-Abra
Posted: 22-Nov-2010 / 3 weeks 4 hours ago
SALLAPADAN, Abra –

The successful conduct of a provincial jamborette in this once war-torn upland town has proven that Abra is a safe place for camping out.

Sallapadan Mayor Nenita Cardenas, host of this year’s provincial jamborette for the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) – Abra Chapter, proudly announced that the conduct of the annual event was very peaceful and joyfully carried out by the 1,144 delegates last November 10-14.

In an interview with Wilfredo Gascon, Executive Officer of the BSP - Abra, the annual jamborette is a venue for leadership training for the boy scouts as they are trained to wrestle with realities of life in the outside world. Hence, the reason for camping out in the open.

The jamborette is also an opportunity for the boys to show off their talents, knowledge and skills. There were competitions in various fields such as preparation of camp set up, camp gates, cleanest camp, chess challenge relay, knot tying, scouting quiz bee and even bible quiz bee. These areas of competition which were assigned particular points served as criteria for judging the over-all champions and other winners during the camping.

Bangued East District emerged as overall champion in the elementary level with Tayum, Sallapadan and Luba districts as first, second and third runners up respectively.

Competition in the secondary level was on a school basis because participants came from both the public and private sector with the Divine Word College of Bangued as overall champion. Runners up were Suyo National High School, first; Bolbolo National High School, second; and Abra High School, third.

The occasion was also a opportunity for the BSP – Abra to award certificates, medals and plaques of recognition to Eagle Scout Klarc Wenci Kyle Viray of the Divine Word College of Bangued for being one of the 2010 National Finalists in the Ten Outstanding Boy Scout of the Philippines, together with some other awardees like Vice Governor Rolando Somera, chairman of the BSP – Abra Council; Fr. Cirilo Ortega, SVD, president of the DWCB and Scouter Deo Ramos, the Outfit Advisor and Coach of the DWCB troop among others.

The opening program was graced by the top officials of the province led by Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin and Congresswoman Ma. Jocelyn V. Bernos.

In her message, Regional Scout Director Imelda S. Samson of the BSP in the Central, Ilocos and Northeast Luzon Regions expressed deep appreciation for the extraordinary hosting of the LGU of Sallapadan by way of their hospitality and the manner they handled the peace and security of the delegation. **Maritess Benas/PIA-Abra

Source: http://www.baguiocity.com/news_article/scouters-prove-abra-safe-camping-out


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Posted on 13-12-2010 12:36
It seems that in Abra, it is far too easy for those in possession of guns to take out one's life.

Where have all these guns come from anyway? How did the guns proliferate in Abra without the authorities not getting wind of it? If the police knew about these guns freely and openly entering the stream of commerce, why did they not do anything about it? Or were the so called authorities even instrumental in flooding the populace with guns? Guns for money?

Respect for the law altogether disappeared, it seems. Law enforcers are like scarecrows. The police say they do criminal investigations but do these investigations really get finished and submItted to the fiscals for action? Are the fiscals doing their jobs? Is the judge doing his job?
*SL*


‘It’s Like Shooting Chickens In Abra’
Published on December 11, 2010

By ARTEMIO A. DUMLAO
Bulatlat.com

Bangued, Abra (December 10, 2010) – Like shooting chickens or hunting ducks, violence continues to happen in Abra.

Regaining its ugly tag as Cordillera’s “Killings Fields”, two more people were killed on Wednesday in Pidigan town, while gunmen exchanged shots with policemen in Bangued, Abra’s capital town on Thursday morning, killing one and wounding two others.

The latest victims of assassination, cousins Jonathan Palecpec, 26, and Froilan Ventura, 23, were last seen drinking with several men on a vacant lot owned by a barangay official in Pidigan. The drinking session broke up when the shooting occurred.

Palecpec sustained a gunshot wound in his upper nape while Ventura sustained gunshot wounds to his body.

Crime scene investigators found four spent shells and one deformed slug for caliber .45 firearm.

The day before the shooting, on Thursday morning, policemen from Task Force Abra and Abra police command were reportedly implementing a Warrant of Arrest against Fernando Baay, who is wanted for murder, when they were met with gunfire at Brgy Cosili East, Bangued.

Baay was killed while his brother Amban and Erwin Tejero were arrested.

One M16 baby armalite and two gauge 12 shotguns were seized by policemen on the scene. They also took two cellular phones.

On Tuesday morning, assassins riding in tandem on motorbikes shot but failed to kill Berheliza Tinog, 52, of barangay Bela-at, Tineg town, along the Abra-Ilocos Sur Road in Barangay Ubbog-Lipcan, also in Bangued.

Abra police director Sr. Supt. Amando Laguiwid said the victim was waiting for a ride along the road when two unidentified gunmen riding in tandem on an XRM Honda motorcycle without license plate closed in on her and shot at the victim once.

The victim was rushed to the hospital. She suffered a gun shot wound on her left arm.

The police recovered a single shell of caliber 45 firearm from the crime scene but they could not yet ascertain the motive of the attempted assassination.

It has become apparent, too, that mainstream journalists and even policemen have stopped counting the number of shootings and killings that happen in the province as these have once again become all too “normal” in the northern enclave that has been known for bloody political rivalries in and out of the election period.

The most recent high-profile killing in the province involved a former commander of the self-styled Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) in Villaviciosa town last month.

Julis Banawe, 53, a former commander of CPLA, an armed renegade group that has joined the government’s anti-insurgency program after splitting up with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples’ Army in 1986, was gunned down at sitio Lagaosian, Cal-lao, Villaviciosa.

Source: http://bulatlat.com/main/2010/12/11/%E2%80%98it%E2%80%99s-like-shooting-chickens-in-abra%E2%80%99/



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114 human rights cases recorded in Cordillera
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BAGUIO CITY -- Human rights violations continue to thrive under the present administration, with 114 cases recorded in the Cordillera Administrative Region alone, advocates said Friday.


Human rights advocates throughout the country marked Friday the 62nd International Human Rights day with protests, as they claim "nothing has changed" despite the installation of a new administration.



Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Cordillera Director Harold Kub-aron said the violations continue, with a 15 percent increase noted in Baguio City.


The CHR recorded last year 95 human rights violations in Baguio.


Kub-aron said 25 of the new cases are enough cause for stringent investigations while the rest were given appropriate legal and non-legal assistance.


Among the highlights of the investigation by the CHR is the alleged connection between the two instances of summary executions in Baguio and La Trinidad.


"At first, we saw them as ordinary police matters until most recently when a would-be victim of the same modus escaped and sought the help of the CHR," he reported.


Extrajudicial killings were also recorded in several areas in the region, such as Benguet, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao and Mountain Province, and even in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

Rights alliance Karapatan said it has recorded 43 cases of extrajudicial killings since January this year, 25 of which happened during the five-month-old administration.


"No amount of redefining to 'de-politicize' the extrajudicial killings could hide the truth that political killings in the Philippines continue. These have even worsened under Aquino," the group said.


Aside from the killings, Karapatan said there at least 374 individuals who were thrown to jail based on defective claims. It added the detainees include leaders, organizers, and members of progressive organizations.


"Harassments and surveillance of human rights defenders are intensifying under this new administration that is supposed to be determined to take the matuwid na landas (straight or righteous path)," Karapatan said.


With these cases, National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) secretary general Edre Olalia told Sun.Star that the country's human rights record is still "dismal."


"Most (UDHR) of its guarantees remain paper-promises to the majority of Filipinos, especially to the poor and marginalized, who are often denied access to justice," he said.


Olalia added that the most serious cases of human rights violations committed during former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's term have yet to be resolved.


Karapatan earlier counted 1,000 victims of extrajudicial killings; hundreds disappeared under Arroyo's nine-year rule.


Olalia then called on the government to heed the people's plea and initiate concrete responses to the alarming human rights situation in the country. (JM Agreda of Sun.Star Baguio/Loui S. Maliza of Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)


Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 11, 2010.

Source:
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/114-human-rights-cases-recorded-cordillera

I think part of the reason extra-judicial killings thrive in the Philippines is because our legal system is hovering on a breakdown. Many people can't seem to to believe in the legal system's integrity and impartiality. Common people seem to think they cannot obtain justice for themselves hence they take the law in their hands to redress their grievances or avenge themselves.

The law enforcers likewise can't be relied upon to enforce the law. From the way police are doing their investigations one would think that when a man dies violently, the police treats it as though the person died a natural death. Yeah, they do some token investigations but nothing ever really gets into a meaningful conclusion that can hold the test applied thereon by criminl defense lawyers. In short, their investigations are wanting in thoroughness.

The police needs re-tooling and re-orientation.
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Abra village chief killed, treasurer wounded
By Artemio Dumlao (The Philippine Star) Updated December 17, 2010
BANGUED, Abra, Philippines –

A village chief in this northern province, long tagged as a “killing field,” was shot dead while his treasurer was wounded Wednesday morning, police said.

Bong Medina, 35, chairman of Barangay Macray in this capital town, and village treasurer Joseph Barbero, 31, were reportedly at a waiting shed together with other residents when armed men fired at them.

Senior Superintendent Armando Laguiwid, Abra police director, said Medina sustained a gunshot wound below the navel and died at the Seares Memorial Hospital.

Barbero bore a bullet wound in the back and is recuperating in the same hospital.

Four hours after the shooting, police collared a suspect, Redgie Timbreza, from his house in Dolores town, while another suspect, Rodel Pilor, is still being hunted.


Source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=639851&publicationSubCategoryId=67


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Tarlac, Abra bgy chiefs slain
by Alfred Dalizon & George Hubierna
Friday, 17 December 2010 16:45
TWO village officials were killed in separate attacks in Tarlac City and Abra.


Killed were Barangay Chairman Eduardo Garcia, 46, of Block 2, San Luis, Tarlac City, and Barangay Chairman Bong Molina of Macray, Bangued, Abra

Provincial police director Senior Supt Alfred S. Corpus said Garcia was shot by a man and a woman at 3 a.m. Friday.

Probers said the male suspect was of medium built while his female companion was wearing long hair, aged about 30 to 35 years, 5’3” tall and wearing a military fatigue uniform.

Tarlac City chief of police Supt Arnel E. Ramos said the victim was on his way home from the barangay hall when he was shot at close range.

A 16-year-old witness said she was awakened when she heard gunfire. When she peeped through a window, she saw the suspects running toward Barangay Balanti.

The victim was taken to the Central Luzon Doctors Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

A Scene of the Crime Operatives Team led by Supt. Ric Hidalgo recovered six cartridges for .45 pistol.

Police are still hunting the suspects.

On Wednesday, police arrested one of two gunmen of Molina and Macray barangay treasurer Joseph Baralbero, Cordillera police director Chief Supt. Villamor Bumanglag said.

Bumanglag said suspect Reggie Timbreza, of Barangay Kiminalaba, Dolores town, was captured by members of the Police Provincial Office and the Philippine National Police Special Action Force, almost three hours after he and Rodel Pilor shot Molina and Baralbero.

Molina died while undergoing treatment while Baralbero is still confined at the Seares Memorial Hospital in Bangued.

Bumanglag said the motive for the attack is still being investigated and police are still tracking down Pilor. Murder and frustrated murder charges are being readied against the suspects.



Source: http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/provincial/24373-tarlac-abra-bgy-chiefs-slain.html


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Posted on 22-12-2010 13:45
Well, it looks like the police are feeling the heat of the public pressure and expectations from them about their inability to apprehend criminals and perpetrators of crimes especially those murdering people. The police have somehow managed to arrest some suspects in the recent Abra killings. But criminal procedure and vindication of the state and people do not stop with the arrest of suspects.

There still remains the question of whether the police-gathered evidence (eyewitness accounts if the witnesses are courageous enough & forensics, etc) hold up in court. If it does, then the next question becomes, how gutsy and immuned to political bigwigs' pressure and stacks of money the fiscals are in following through and filing charges in court on behalf of the people. If the fiscals manage to file some charges against the suspects before the horrorable judge's sala, the question becomes how strong are they to resist asking "Who are the interested big fishes in this case? or What is at stake here?, etc."

Oh well, the law of criminal procedure is only as good as those who implement and enforce it. Until we see the full criminal procedure working, I am skeptical that justice is served in Abra and perpetrators are put behind bars.

I still think the police needs to be re-tooled and re-orientated and the the fiscals and the judges need to get refresher courses on criminal procedure but most especially on their ethics and professional responsibility.

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Another bocap, treasurer die in latest Abra killing

by Harley Palangchao

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CAMP DANGWA, Benguet – Another barangay captain in Abra province was shot to death while his barangay treasurer was wounded in the latest spate of political killings in the province.

Report reaching the Cordillera police command revealed that Bong Molina, 35 years old and punong barangay of Macray in Bangued and his treasurer Joseph Barbero, 31, were shot on Dec. 15 by two suspects.

Molina sustained a gunshot wound on his stomach and below his navel resulting in his death while Barbero was wounded on his back.

The two suspects immediately fled after the incident but police investigators were able to identify the suspects.

Cordillera police chief information officer Supt. Leon Talleo identified the suspects as Rodel Pilor and Reggie Timbreza of Dolores town.

Members of the Philippine National Police Task Force Abra under S/Supt. Roberto Soriano arrested Timbreza during hot pursuit on the same day.

The task force also reported that police operatives were also able to arrest two alleged primary suspects in a double murder case that happened in Pidigan, Abra last Dec. 8.

Police reported the arrest of Joselito Ball alias Jojo and Robinson Bringas alias Banzon for the killing of Jonathan Palecpec, 26, and Froilan Ventura, 23.

To recall, the victims were having drinking spree in a vacant lot at Poblacion West in Langiden when residents heard several gunfire.

Palecpec sustained gunshot wound on his upper nape that caused his instant death while Ventura sustained gunshot wounds on his body then he died while being treated at the Abra Provincial Hospital.


Source: http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/abra.asp?mode=%20archives/2010/december/12-19-2010/abra1.txt


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Posted on 28-12-2010 20:00
Need we say more? Is there any greater remorse for anyone than living with the thought for the rest of one's life that he killed his own child?

Tragic indeed but were it not for the proliferation of guns in Abra and law enforcers' inability to enforce gun control and regulation laws, maybe an innocent life might not have been wasted.

I hope that as the new year approaches there will be less gun-related deaths and injuries. This Christmas Eve tragedy should be a hard lesson to all who are in possession of firearms, licensed or not.

*SL*

Girl accidentally killed by drunk pa on Xmas eve
Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:55
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLDgirl was accidentally killed by her father who was said to be intoxicated, four hours before Noche Buena in Bangued, Abra.

Abra Provincial Police Office (PPO) Director Sr. Supt. Amado Laguiwid, identified the victim as Reyma Jace Tandi.

Police arrested the suspect identified as Rey Tandi, 37, Sangguniang Bayan member of Tineg, Abra.

According to Laguiwid the incident occurred inside the rented house of Tandi at the CRC Compound, Bgy. Calaba, Bangued, Abra at around 8:45 p.m.

Initial investigation revealed that prior to the incident the suspect had a drinking spree with friends a few meters away from their house.

During dinner, the wife of the suspect fetched him to go home and get ready for Noche Buena.

In their house, the couple argued until the suspect took his gun.

Upon seeing the gun, the wife tried to grab it and they wrestled until the gun accidentally went off hitting the girl’s chest.

The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital but she died while undergoing treatment.

The suspect was arrested by responding policemen.

Recovered from the crime scene was the caliber .45 pistol owned by the suspect.

Authorities are now conducting follow-up investigation to the incident. Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca

Source:
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/provincial/24935-girl-accidentally-killed-by-drunk-pa-on-xmas-eve.html


Abra councilor accidentally shoots daughter dead
By Artemio Dumlao (The Philippine Star) Updated December 27, 2010 12:00 AM



BANGUED, Abra, Philippines – A councilor in Tineg town accidentally shot dead his own seven-year-old daughter while he and his wife were grappling for a gun during a fight on Christmas Eve.

Senior Superintendent Armando Laguiwid, Abra police director, said councilor Rey Tandi, 37, is now detained for the death of his daughter, Reyma Jace.

Police said Tandi was fetched by his wife from a drinking spree at the former compound of Cellophil Resources Corp. in Barangay Calaba in this capital town, and a quarrel ensued between them.

Husband and wife grappled for a gun and it went off hitting their daughter in the left chest. The girl died while being rushed to the Abra Provincial Hospital.

Policemen found at the scene a live caliber .45 bullet, a fired .45 bullet, and a caliber .45 pistol loaded with five bullets.

Tandi was one of the controversial political figures in Tineg town. In 2007, suspected communist rebels ambushed him for reportedly leading anti-insurgency drives in the municipality.

Tandi also had figured in intense rivalry with other politicians in Tineg town.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=642835&publicationSubCategoryId=67




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Why is it that in this story I sense an effort to water down the involvement of Danglas Vice Mayor in a robbery?

The service vehicle was positively identified by the victims. The vice-mayor was in possession of and actually used the vehicle at the time the vehicle was featured in the heist. The vice mayor executed an affidavid stating he tried to pacify a couple arguing afer he and his companions were done with the drinking and karaoke singing at the Calaba Fiesta Karaoke Bar in Bangued. I am wondering, how many drunken mayors or vice mayors in Abra would bother pacifying arguing couples by the roadside. And at a time pass midnight? In a general location where ambushes of local government officials and barangay chiefs have been staged?

Is this a case where the vice mayor might have had too much to drink he could not recall things accurately?

Or is this a case of incredible effort to cover-up a mess? It is a bit funny that later the couple modified their affidavit. I wonder how much later was the couple's affidavit modified? After they found out the identity of the "alleged robbers"?

I wonder what the consideration here was. Money? Threat? Your guess is as good as mine.

And what business did the vice mayor have using a service vehicle, presumably local government owned, for his personal recreational purposes? The vice mayor better have a good and verifiable reason to convince us that drinking till midnight at the karaoke bar has something to do with his official capacity as vice mayor or we are free to conclude he engaged in abuse of authority with his improper use of a government vehicle.

Could Danglas Mayor Ester Bernos look into this abuse of government property maybe? Or could the sanggunian panlalawigan look into this improper use of government vehicle maybe?
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Vice mayor tagged in Abra road heist
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010


BANGUED, Abra -- A local official’s name was dragged into a recent robbery with intimidation incident in this province.

Investigation conducted by personnel of the Bangued Municipal Police Station showed the vehicle used in the robbery is a red-plated service vehicle issued to Danglas, Abra Vice Mayor Gerome Dizon.

Dizon, in an affidavit, denied the accusation.

Just past midnight last November 26, Sgt. Arnold Abuloyan, a member of the Philippine Army assigned at the 107th Community Defense Center in Camp Juan Villamor, was on his motorcycle with companion Merlynda Loja when they were robbed along the Abra-Ilocos Norte Road by three unidentified persons.

Initial investigation by the Abra Provincial Police Office under Sr. Supt. Amando Lagiwid Segundo disclosed that Abuloyan and Loja were traversing the road when they were approached and stopped by a silver van carrying the assailants.


The three men were armed with two M-16 rifles and a caliber 45 pistol. They pointed their firearms at Abuloyan and threatened to kill him and his companion if he would not open the compartment of his motorcycle.


The men carted away the victim’s wallet containing important documents, $US 100, P11,000, a Nokia 6220, an F420 Samsung and a China-made cellular phone.


After the victims reported the incident, Bangued town police conducted a manhunt operation.


Dizon stated in his affidavit that on the night of November 26, he was on his silver van together with four companions and they decided to go to the Calaba Fiesta Karaoke Bar in Bangued.


He added he and his companions drank in the establishment and sang karaoke.


Dizon further said that they were informed by the owner a while later that singing was not anymore allowed so they decided to go home.


He added that while on the way home, they noticed a man and a woman quarrelling by the road near Calaba Bridge. The mayor said he tried to pacify the two but the man brushed off his intervention and identified himself as a police officer.


The vice mayor added in his affidavit that they decided to leave the two alone after that. He also said he was not aware of any robbery that occurred that night.


The Abra police said the victims failed to identify Dizon. They later executed affidavits saying they were not sure if the things pointed at them were firearms as it was dark and they had something to drink as well.


However, the victims later said they will pursue charges against the alleged robbers. (JM Agreda)


Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 29, 2010.

Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/vice-mayor-tagged-abra-road-heist



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Lugan a nagkarga iti narra a ridaw, nasalamaan dagiti polis
By Tawid News Team
Published Dec 18th, 2010 and filed under Police Reports


CANDON CITY – Nasalamaan dagiti polis ditoy ti maysa nga Isuzu Elf a nagkarga iti di pay nalpas a rikep ti ruangan iti national highway ditoy siudad iti parbangon ti Disiembre 14.

Agpatpatrolia dagiti polis iti national highway a sakup ti Barangay Oaig Daya, idi masalamaanda ti agpaabagatan a nalabaga nga Isuzu Elf a minaneho ni Ronald Dave Belleza y Billedo, 36, naasawaan, residente iti Barangay Lusuac, Peñarrubia, Abra a nagkarga dagiti rikep ti ruangan a narra.

Inako ni Prospero C. Colet ti Tumalip, Licuan-Baay, Abra nga isu ti akinkukua kadagiti nasao a rikep ngem naduktalan dagiti polis a suspetsoso ti dokumento nga impakitana agsipud ta naipigket laeng ti logo ti CENRO-Lagangilang, Abra ken nabalbaliwan ti sertipikasion a naggapu iti opisina ti mayor ti nadakamat nga ili. Gapu itoy, naipan iti polis station da Belleza ken ni Colet agraman ti lugan ken ti kargamento daytoy nga agdagup iti 62 pedaso a rikep nga agduduma ti rukodda.#

Source: http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/2010/12/lugan-a-nagkarga-iti-narra-a-ridaw-nasalamaan-dagiti-polis/


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Could this complaint/lawsuit spark another conflict in the uplands akin to the Cellophil imbrioglio?

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Abra elders want permit of mining firm nullified


By Desiree Caluza
Inquirer Northern Luzon
First Posted 21:25:00 12/20/2010


Filed Under: Mining and quarrying, indigenous people, Laws, Graft & Corruption


BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—An Abra tribe has asked the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to nullify two mine permits issued to a mine venture because of evidence none of their villagers was consulted about the project.

The government requires all mine projects to obtain the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of indigenous Filipinos before they can develop ancestral lands.

The FPIC is a prerequisite in the 1995 Philippine Mining Act and the 1997 Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (Ipra).

The NCIP had certified in 1998 that the area to be developed was uninhabited, according to the complaint filed by the Binongan tribe of Licuan-Baay town.

Represented by 77 elders, the tribe filed a class suit on December 9 against Abra Mining and Industrial Corporation (Amic) and its partner, Jabel Corporation, for their failure to obtain their consent.

The joint venture led to the start of drilling operations at Mt. Capcapo in 2006, until the NCIP decided to defer all exploration activities there in August 2007.

Antonio Valera, 50, a Binongan elder, said the companies were granted two Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSA) in 1999, covering 756 hectares of Mt. Capcapo and 297 hectares of Mt. Patok, both in Abra, when the mining act and Ipra were in effect.

Consultation

“The companies failed to consult the tribes before securing a permit to explore the area. What we want now is for these companies to stop their projects because we have already foreseen the negative environmental impacts of mining,” said Valera.

Amado Batay-an, NCIP Cordillera director, said his office has received the complaint but has yet to act on it.

The Inquirer informed Amic about the complaints by e-mail but the company had not issued any statement as of Friday.

“The FPIC was not clearly followed. Second, when these companies conducted a belated consultation [in 2008], only two of 11 barangays [voted to] allow the exploration, so they are still outvoted [by tribe members who objected to the project],” said lawyer Eric Estimada, who represents the Binongan tribe.

The Northern Luzon Coalition for Good Governance (NLCGG), an anticorruption group, said in a statement: “The mineral agreements continue to appear on the records of [the Mines and Geosciences Bureau], saying the agreements [have been] approved and registered.”

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20101220-310079/Abra-elders-want-permit-of-mining-firm-nullified


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Abra–based rebels maintain holiday truce with military

by Harley Palangchao

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The mainstream New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Abra province vowed to adhere to the holiday truce with the military which started on Dec. 16 and to end on Jan. 5 next year despite alleged military movements in the province.

The NPA Agustin Begnalen Command (ABC) through spokesman Diego Wadagan said the adherence to the ceasefire is also in compliance with the directive of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“However, the ABC will guard against operations of the 41st and 50th Infantry Battalions, be these under the guise of defensive patrol operations, that intrude into areas of red political power and influence,” Wadagan said.

He added that regular political and economic work among rebels will continue during the ceasefire while all NPA commanders will remain vigilant and will not fall prey to surveillance, arrests and military attacks.

The government through the Armed Forces of the Philippines has agreed to a ceasefire and it also declared a suspension of offensive military operation (SOMO).

Wadagan, meanwhile, said the command adheres to and is supportive to the peace initiatives of the underground movement as represented by the NDFP peace panel.

“The ABC and the revolutionary masses in the province will continue to hold high the banner of armed revolutionary struggle,” Wadagan said.

The military, for its part, warned parents especially in remote areas or NPA-influenced barangays nationwide to protect their children from the possibility of being recruited by the rebels during the ceasefire.

NPA recruitment activities are being done even during its founding anniversary every 26th of December, according to the military.

Wadagan, meanwhile, condemned the alleged military troop deployment in Poblacion Lacub and the troop movements in the municipalities of Malibcong, Sallapadan, and Tubo prior to the effectivity of the SOMO.

“These forward deployment of combat troops preparatory to massive military operations planned for 2011, is provocative and may lead to possible confrontation with NPA guerillas in the field,” the rebel spokesman said.

Source: http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/abra.asp?mode=%20archives/2010/december/12-26-2010/abra1.txt


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joannaguinaban
30/07/2013 19:41
Manabo Bridge Abra now open July 31, 2013

Prince Wan
27/06/2013 14:34
eyes in the diff. parts of foreign land.

Prince Wan
27/06/2013 14:30
Could you please update us like what they are doing at Abrenian? Thank you very much for your care and patience of bringing us news as our only consolation while working with tears dropping from our

Prince Wan
27/06/2013 14:22
When are you going to change our headline news? Abrenians scattered outside the province are so anxious and curious to be informed on what's going on in our province.

prince malagantz
25/04/2013 15:45
You can have blood tests as many as you want, but the result still the same and never lies. Instead you should be proud of it, otherwise, you didn't exist in this world without it.

prince malagantz
25/04/2013 15:38
you to support her. Are you one of us or still trying to be different. Remember, whatever you do, wherever you are, you are still carrying that Tingguian blood.

prince malagantz
25/04/2013 15:35
Ms. Malabed vowed to promote our cultural identity with emphasis on universal love, friendship, unity, and peace to every human species on earth. But, she couldn't do it alone by herself without

prince malagantz
25/04/2013 15:28
not just be ignored now nor belittled by anyone or other cultural minorities scattered worldwide.

prince malagantz
25/04/2013 15:14
CONGRATULATIONS...!!! to Ms. Rohjane Malabed who was just crowned as "Festival Queen 2013" for the whole Cordillera Region. This means that Tingguian beauty and its cultural heritage could

pintaz
20/03/2013 23:11
hello gentis! kumustasa? i have missed u all kakabagyans and kakailyans...GBU!!!

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