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Comelec Chairman Abalos now in charge of Abra

by Maritess B. Beņas

BANGUED, Abra (23 April) -- Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos is now in-charge of Abra for the midterm elections on May 14.

Commissioner Romeo Brawner was earlier assigned to Abra when the province was declared under COMELEC control last February as a result of the series of political killings the past years capped by the assassination of Congressman Luis Bersamin last December.

As the campaign period heightens, Chairman Abalos himself is taking over the control of the province.

Abalos, and Philippine National Police Chief, Director-General Oscar Calderon are scheduled to visit Abra on April 19 for a special meeting in preparation for the up-coming elections.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC officers in all the 27 municipalities of Abra are busy finalizing the organization of the staff who will man the polling places since many of the teachers who used to serve as poll chair and poll clerks are disqualified to serve in the polling places where they used to serve in the past elections. They will have to complete the organizational set up before they are finally sent out to their respective new assignments for the May polls.

It can be noted that all the COMELEC officers including the Provincial Election Supervisor, Atty. Jose Bagwan, who is relieved by Atty. Elenita Tabangin will be reshuffled to other COMELEC stations outside of their province to ensure that no manipulations in whatever form or manner will be done during this year's elections.

Meantime, Gen. Eugene G. Martin remains commander of the Abra Task Force and all the officers and men composing the Task Force as well as those of the Abra Provincial Police Office headed by Provincial Director Alexander Pumecha will remain in the province. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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