ABRA Governor Jocelyn Bernos called for 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 incidents that taint the improved electoral climate in Abra.
“We do not need this kind of bravado,” she reiterated, while calling on political leaders in the province “to instead focus on sustaining the gains of the province towards growth, prosperity and progress.”
According to a police report, Collago Barangay Kagawad Jayron Dulig Martinez, 31, with a minor companion, was driving a white pick-up towards Barangay Collago when he noticed a red pick-up trailing him.
As he crossed the river, the red pick-up allegedly overtook and blocked his way. The men from the red pick-up allegedly began firing at him and his minor companion.
Senior Superintendent Ceasar Tannagan, Abra police director, said one of the alleged occupants of the red pick-up has surfaced to file counter-charges against the occupants of the white pick-up.
Tannagan said the red pick-up does not have a license plate number, but is marked as belonging to the Lagayan local government unit while the white pick-up is owned by Crisologo.
Crisologo has been challenging Luna for the past three local elections. (SunStar Baguio)