Abra mayors surrender firearms in new round of peace talks


BAGUIO CITY—Four Abra mayors surrendered their firearms on Saturday after the latest round of negotiations with the police, which was part of a strategy initiated by civic groups that vowed to remove the province from the list of election hot spots in next year’s elections.

Mayors Estelita Bersamina of Lacub, Wilma Gattud of Tubo, Esther Bernos of Danglas and Jaja Josefina Disono of Pilar turned over three shotguns, a rifle and two pistols, reports from the Cordillera police office showed.

Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong, Cordillera police director, said he went to Abra on Saturday to help open dialogues among mayors, many of whom are seeking reelection, and ensure a peaceful conduct of elections there.

Magalong said the police were also concerned about the impact of a looming power crisis on security preparations in Abra, especially in the run-up to the May 2013 elections.

Most of the mayors turned over the firearms at the Abra police office in Bangued. Bernos handed her gun to the Danglas police.

In Tayum town, also on Saturday, Velasco Barangay Captain Victor Escalante surrendered a  .22 cal. pistol. Vincent Cabreza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • 711sense

    It’s funny, they call this news? surrendering small caliber firearms in the hope that polically motivated killings willnot happen before, during and after the election is an insult to even a grade school students. Who in their right mind would believe that this politicians are crazy and dumb enough to surrender their heavy caliber submachine guns? Gosh, people are not that stupid to believe that this story is gospel to the gun mongers. Good luck and dont forget to duck!

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