ABRA Representative Joseph Santo Nino Bernos labeled the bombing incident a cowardly attack on the people of La Paz which killed two policemen and injuring others including himself and his wife Mayor Menchie Bernos.
"I strongly condemn the bombing that happened in the middle of our festivities in honor of our patron saint, Nuestra Señora de La Paz, in the Municipality of La Paz, Abra," said Bernos.
Bernos reiterated the bombing as cowardly act which resulted to the death of PO3 Carlos Bocaig, who was a member of the PNP Special Action Forces and a survivor of the 2015 Mamasapano clash, and PO2 Frenzel Kitoyan.
"I feel nothing but sympathy for my fellow Lapazeños and for our guests for having to witness this atrocity when we are all supposed to be enjoying the occasion," Bernos reiterated.
The lawmaker considered the dastardly act as a deeply personal attack against him, his family, and his mandate as the Representative of Abra.
"The perpetrators, whoever they are, disrupted the reign of long-standing peace and order in our province. I am enraged that you threatened me and my wife with two explosives, but you cannot bring us down in a time when the people are seeing and feeling the gradual progress and development in Abra, and when you chose to target the chair of the PNP Modernization Bill," Bernos stressed.
The solon and his wife are now in stable conditions, and promised set to extend his assistance to those affected, while waiting for the results of the investigation of the PNP.
Police Regional Office Cordillera regional director Chief Superintendent Edward Carranza is now in Abra to personally supervise the investigation of newly formed Regional Special Investigation Task Group headed by deputy regional director for operations Chief Superintendent Sterling Raymund Blanco.
"To those who are behind this wicked attack, you will not benefit nor prosper. The terror and discord you have sown will yield nothing for your vested interests," the congressman added.