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PIA Press Release
2010/05/15

Bernos is Abra's new representative for lone congressional district

by Maritess B. Beñas

Bangued, Abra (15 May) -- Four days after the national and local elections, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member, Maria Jocelyn Valera-Bernos, was finally proclaimed as Abra's representative for its lone congressional at 1:00 AM on May 14, 2010.

Provincial Election Supervisor, Atty. Vanessa M. Rongcal, proudly raised the hands of Bernos after completing a 100% canvassing of the votes from the 27 municipalities in the province. Bernos won by 1,332 votes over incumbent representative Cecilia Seares-Luna.

The canvassing of votes by the Provincial Board of Canvassers took four days due to the difficulty of transmission of results of the votes from the remotest municipalities of Lacub and Tineg plus the opening of the memory card of San Isidro town by the Central Office of the Commission on Elections.

Despite protests from the camp of Luna, Roncal bravely made the proclamation.

The result of the first automated election represents a clean and honest legal battle in Abra. Despite all the problems of harassment, intimidation, and vote buying, the Abrenios were able to overcome their own weakness of living in fear.

With the automated elections, the people were able to make a free choice which resulted to a deconcentration of power from a single political family since there is distribution of power from different warring political families in Abra.

Bernos vowed to fulfill her campaign promise to the people, particularly to listen to their problems and needs and address these to effect real change and development.

Bernos and re-elected Governor Estaquio Bersamin both promised to give special attention to the development of Tineg starting next year. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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