he staff of Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin a Nagtaudan (KASTAN), the Abra chapter of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, came back from community work on March 20 to find their office forcibly opened, with office files and belongings in disarray.
A few days before the local electoral campaign starts, Mayor Ignacio Rivera of Tuba in Benguet province received a death threat.
Under the Comelec declared gun ban that begun on the 13th of January, the first violator caught in the Cordillera region was in Abra.
Like last year’s May barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Abra province may again end up among the country’s election “hot spots” as another election related violence erupts in Lagayan town.
Kabataan partylist representative Sarah Elago condemned the “cold blooded murder” incumbent Councilor Benjamin Oculto, Jr, a vice-mayoral candidate for the 2019 poll, in Sto. Tomas town, calling it a “manifestation of election-related violence furled by the intensified fascism in the country.”
Hundreds of Muslims gathered at the Melvin Jones football grounds in a public prayer for peace and justice against the murder of Imam Bedejim Abdullah. Unity was called for among Muslims and Christians to uphold the peace as they condemned the murder of the prelate.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Cordillera will conduct a motu propio investigation of the murder of Imam Bedejim Abdullah as CHR Director Rommel Daguimol said the killing of the imam is alarming.
Imam Bedejim, as most Baguio people call him, was gunned down by a lone assailant along Kayang St, one of the busiest streets in the city, in broad day light before lunch on December 6. A CCTV footage showed that the killer shot him twice from behind while he was walking and three more times after fell on the pavement.
Unidentified gunmen killed Balaoan Vice Mayor Al-Fred Concepcion and escort Michael Ulep, and wounded his daughter, Balaoan Mayor Aleli Concepcion, in an ambush on November 14 in Barangay Cabua-an.
UPDATED OCT.3, 7:16 A.M.
VIGAN CITY — Unidentified assailants ambushed the mayor of Sudipen, killing the official, his security detail, driver and wounding his wife at around 6:40 pm yesterday, October 1.
BAGUIO CITY — The Abra police has arrested a suspect in the January 25, 2018 grenade blast that killed two policemen and injured 26 people, including Abra Rep. Joseph Bernos and his wife, La Paz Mayor Menchie Bernos during a public gathering.
VIGAN CITY — Police forces in Ilocos Sur wasted no time responding to the directive of President Duterte to round up loiterers (istambay), coming up with “Oplan Rody” or Rid the streets Of Drunkards and Youth. Officers from the different municipal police office took to the streets and social media to show their support and implementation of the order.