Abra pols asked to stand down

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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.

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