Abra pols asked to stand down
ABRA Governor Jocelyn Bernos is calling a truce between supporters of two political rivals in the province following a brief firefight last week.
A brief firefight broke out between followers of suspended Lagayan mayor Jendricks Luna and mayoralty bet Edmarc Crisologo in barangay Collago in Lagayan.
Bernos calmed both Luna and Crisologo and supporters of both rival camps to exercise political maturity and sternly tasked the police and the military to thwart such kinds of incidents that taint the already improved electoral climate in Abra.
“We do not need these kinds of bravado, she reiterated, while calling political leaders in the province “to instead focus on sustaining the gains of the province towards growth, prosperity and progress,” Bernos said.
According to a police report, a white pick- up driven by Collago barangay Kagawad Jayron Dulig Martinez, 31, with a minor companion, were heading towards barangay Collago and while at the river report with
edly noticed the red pick-up following them. While crossing the river, the red pick-up over took and blocked their way and Luna’s men began firing.
Abra police director Sr. Supt. Ceasar Tannagan said one of the alleged occupant of the marked but without plate number Lagayan local government unit’s red pick-up vehicle had surfaced to file counter charges against the occupants of a white pick-up owned by Crisologo.
Police later found the abandoned red pick-up at the river bank with bullet holes at its rear portion and minutes later, also found some 800 meters away the white pick-up with license plate POQ 615 also with bullet holes.
Crisologo who corroborated the police initial findings said, fortunately Martinez and the minor however were not hit and sped away towards barangay Collago seeking refuge.
Police identified Nonoy Blaza, Jaypee Bersamira, Benjie Vista, Jerome Andoy and a certain "Baldat" as occupants of the red pick-up.
Luna, who was ordered suspended for six months together with his wife- Vice Mayor Chrisma Joy by the Abra provincial board for grave misconduct and dishonesty over an alleged over a million peso IRA-funded “unimplemented” road project they reported as “completed” had claimed that it was Blaza, a driver of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) of the Lagayan LGU, and his companions who were “ambushed” by Crisologo’s followers on board the white Nissan Navarra pick-up.
Crisologo had been challenging Luna for the past 3 local elections.