Update: The Bangued Christmas Blast

The Abra police, led by Supt. Alexander Pumecha, is still investigating the matter but those hurt in the blast are now recuperating. According to one of the victims, whatever caused the explosion may have been presented (disguised?) as a gift to the Luna family.

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Photos of the Day

Above photo shows Abra Representative Cecy Luna who survived an explosion which rocked her home, December 25. Police authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion. The theories so far: The blast is either politically motivated or it could have been an accident. The accident angle is mainly due to the fact that the Lunas’ stored firecrackers in their garage where the explosion occurred.
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Bloody Christmas: Paracelis Mayor Killed, Home of Abra Rep Bombed

Note: Updates on Mayor Cesar Rafael’s murder here and the Abra explosion here.

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From Philippine Star: The mayor of Paracelis town in Mountain Province was killed in an ambush yesterday, while an explosion rocked the home of a congresswoman in Bangued, Abra.

According to Senior Superintendent Joseph Adnol, Mountain Province police director, Mayor Cesar Rafael was driving in remote Sitio Sinigpit, Talitud, Paracelis town when five unidentified men fired at his vehicle.

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Kaigorotan Updates

Here’s the links to the latest posts on kaigorotan.com:

How much did your Congressman spend during the 2001 elections. Read it here. We don’t have the figures yet for the 2007 elections but we hope to eventually get our hands on that.

If the creation of a new Bago province is going to be very challenging (because it will affect three provinces who might not be willing to give up their towns), a new Tingguian province carved out of Abra looks more promising. Read the very short story here.

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Tingguian Province in the Making?

From the Philippine Information Agency:

Is a future Tingguian province in the making?

One of the significant matters discussed during the recent courtesy call to Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin by the officers of the Abra Confederation of Tingguian Organizations (ACTO) led by its president, Atty. Isidro Espiritu is the creation of a Tingguian province.

The Governor, who is married to. Ruby Bersamin, a Tingguian from PeƱarrubia, had expressed his support to the idea of having another province for the Tingguians if only to spur the long-overdue development for their communities.
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