Abra mayor nabs 2 farm helpers suspected as ‘imported goons’
(Political tensions escalate in the provinces as official campaign period for local candidates starts today)
by Artha Kira Paredes
VERA Files/VOTE 2010
Two farm helpers were arrested in Bangued, Abra on Tuesday by a group of 10 men led by a mayor and a police officer on suspicion that they were “imported goons” of Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera.
Valera immediately denied the allegations even as Lagayan Mayor Jendricks Luna and PO3 Benedict Bobias, who led the team that apprehended Freddie Bayle and Renel Balderas, refused to execute an affidavit of arrest to the police.
This led the Abra Provincial Police to ask the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detention Group to investigate the arrest without warrant made by Luna and Bobias’ group.
Valera is running for reelection. His daughter, Ma. Jocelyn “Joy” Valera-Bernos, is running for Congress, son Domino for Bangued councilor and daughter-in-law Janssen as Pidigan vice mayor.
Bayle and Balderas are farm helpers of former Maoay Barangay Captain Jovito Tadeo, a political supporter of the Bangued mayor.
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