Barangay Chairman Ambushed In Abra Capital

BANGUED, Abra (April 28, 2019) – Another barangay chairman was ambushed while heading home Saturday noon in Bangued, Abra’s capital town.
Barangay Angad chairman Ronnie Bringas, who accordingly sustained two non-fatal wounds,  was reportedly aboard a motorcycle when the gunman sprung from nowhere fired at him and fled carting away the village chief’s motorcycle.
Bringas is now recovering from his wounds at the Abra Provincial Hospital.
The suspect have not been identified while Bringas family and relatives are urging authorities to immediately act in dispatch to bring justice to the senseless shooting.
Relatives strongly suspect the noontime shooting of Bringas is closely linked with local political rivalry in the capital town and in the province.
Authorities have yet to decide if they are recommending to the Comelec en banc to place Abra under the poll body’s control after reported shooting incidents in at least two towns in the province of late.
The Regional Joint Security Council is meeting next week to decide on the matter while the Comelec en banc regularly meets every Tuesday and Thursday, it was learned.
Abra has been categorized “red” as an “area of concern” by the polls body anticipating political rivalries in the province to scale up into bloody confrontation between political rivals and their supporters.
Governor Ma. Jocelyn Valera-Bernos of Abra however believed Abra is still relatively calm compared to past elections especially during the 90’s and early 2000’s when bloody skirmishes between political rivals abound.
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