Abra - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Abra


2 Abra former village chiefs gunned down just days apart

Apr 07, 2020 - 1:11 PM

One of the victims, Leo Barbosa, is the provincial coordinator of Senator Ronald dela Rosa. He's recently seen giving away relief goods on the senator's behalf.

Abra province has second coronavirus case

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:50 PM

The second patient is linked to the first patient. The two men were both at a wake in the municipality of Licuan-Baay on March 13.

First confirmed coronavirus case recorded in Abra

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Because of the patient's reckless acts, 3 municipalities are now under surveillance, including the capital town of Bangued

Abra town police officer shot dead

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Police Master Sergeant Frederick Fernandez Ybanez was about to enter his transient house in Poblacion, Villaviciosa, Abra

POLICE Master Sergeant Frederick Fernandez Ybanez (left) is shot dead by two unidentified men on January 28, 2019. File photo courtesy of Villaviciosa Municipal Police in Abra

4 young men under fire for taking butt selfies at Abra tourist site

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:24 AM

The boys have since taken down their Facebook posts and apologized: 'We are full of fear and cannot eat well because of the criticism from the social media'

Bambu, Rocky Rivera, Gloc-9, Abra and more headline FlipTop Festival 2020

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The festival celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Fliptop rap battle league

FLIPTOP. The rap battle league celebrates its 10th anniversary with the FlipTop Festival 2020. Photo by Nina Sandejas

Budget officer of Apayao town killed in car crash

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Aside from Reynaldo Bugnay Sr, budget officer of the municipality of Conner, two more persons are reported killed in motorcycle crashes in the Cordilleras the past few days

2 killed in Abra disco shootout

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The incident starts from an argument between a barangay captain, who wants to close the establishment, and the bar owner

2 CAFGU members killed in NPA encounter in Abra

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Communist rebels attack a Cafgu detachment in Sallapadan town in Abra at dawn

CAFGU. Dandy Wacguisan. Photo from Dandy Wacguisan's Facebook page

3 shot dead in Abra

Aug 12, 2019 - 5:36 PM

The most heartbreaking is the killing of Cresencio Bernal, an old man who is deaf-mute. He is believed to have been digging wild yam when shot at close range.

Abra town councilor shot dead on first day of work

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Pilar town Councilor Amante Doral Sr had just attended a flag ceremony when he was attacked, say police

CRIME SCENE. A barangay councilor is shot dead in PIlar, Abra.

Finding Gabriela Silang in Abra

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM

I was drawn to Abra's rolling hills and majestic waterfalls. But with the weather not cooperating, I found myself in a historical place instead.

REFUGE. In this house, Gabriela Silang hid from the Spanish forces after her husband Diego was assassinated. Photo by Maverick Asio

3 bodies found in Abra identified

May 30, 2019 - 6:01 PM

A barangay captain says the 3 from Besao town in Mountain Province were supposed to fish for river eels but went missing for a week

Stoning incident mars voting in Bangued, Abra

May 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Fights inside voting precincts are reported in election hot spot Abra

COMPLAINT.  File photo of former Bangued, Abra mayor Ryan Luna. Photo from the Facebook page of Bangued, Abra LGU

In Category Red election hot spot Abra, residents campaign with a prayer

May 10, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Diocese of Abra produces a three-minute prayer video calling for peace in the coming elections

Apolitical PNP? CIDG chief Corpus' wife running for Congress

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:14 AM

The PNP reshuffles over a thousand cops for having blood relations and affinities with election candidates. The CIDG chief, meanwhile, keeps his position despite his wife running for Congress.

CIDG CHIEF. Major General Amador Corpus at a Camp Crame press briefing. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

2 barangay captains in Abra and Ilocos Sur ambushed

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Chairperson Ronnie Bringas of Barangay Angad in Bangued, Abra, and Chairperson Severino Dagdag of Barangay Gusing, Sta Maria, Ilocos Sur, both survive the attacks

Key police officers in Abra replaced ahead of May polls

Apr 26, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The changes are made just weeks away from the May 13 polls

TO SERVE AND PROTECT. Members of the police force during an event. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Abra man killed after changing song lyrics during karaoke session

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:16 PM

An altercation reportedly began after the victims changed the lyrics of Freddie Aguilar’s song, 'Mindanao'

Abra vice governor bet Bersamin reports harassment by Bangued mayor

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Ana Marie Bersamin tells police that she and her team were harassed by some 40 supporters of incumbent Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera

Complaints filed vs Abra mayoral bet for slapping campaigners

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The 3 complainants accuse former Bangued mayor Ryan Luna of slapping them as they campaigned for reelectionist Mayor Dominick Valera

MAYORAL BET. Former Bangued, Abra mayor Ryan Luna. Photo from the Facebook page of Bangued, Abra LGU

Why is Abra under Category Red on Comelec hot spot list?

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Abra joins Jones town in Isabela, Lope de Vega town in Northern Samar, and the whole Mindanao as Category Red hot spots

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Town ambulance driver latest victim of Abra gun violence

Jan 17, 2019 - 9:35 PM

An argument between two cousins turns deadly

Hired killers strike in Ilocos Sur and Abra just before gun ban

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Two are killed in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, and another one in Pilar, Abra, days before the gun ban's start on January 13

Barangay captain in Abra province killed

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:40 PM

George Pastor-Sanidad, the 45-year-old barangay captain of Gaddani in Tayum town is shot by unknown assailants from outside his compound

'Respeto' bags 2 international awards

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The indie musical drama is recognized by film festivals in Germany and India

Sara Duterte's Hugpong joins forces with Abra's Asenso party

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:12 PM

The presidential daughter strikes an alliance with the party of reelectionist Governor Joyce Bernos, whose challenger was earlier endorsed by the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee

 JOINING FORCES. Abra Governor Jocelyn Valera Bernos exchange symbolic keys on November 20, 2018, to formalize their parties' alliance for the 2019 elections. Photo from the Asenso Abreno FB page

Two supporters of Abra governor shot dead

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The two known backers of Abra Governor Joy Valera Bernos are gunned down while riding together on a motorcycle

Abra police apprehend 3 motorcycle riders hiding guns

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Bonifacio Abuan Elvena and Jomel Barbieto Molina are detained after failing to present documents to possess and carry firearms. Meanwhile, Arjay Pagaduan Soria is arrested after firing upon a police officer at a checkpoint.

Abra town councilor shot dead

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Lagayan Councilor Isagani Joson is killed inside his home

ABRA COUNCILOR. Lagayan town Councilor Isagani Joson. Photo from the Facebook page of Bernardine Sibayan Joson

Cordillera deals with landslides, damaged schools after heavy rains

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Classes resume but 22 schoolhouses were totally or partially destroyed in the region

After winning Gawad Urian, what's next for Abra?

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The 'Gayuma' rapper says he's open to doing more films, for as long as they have good concepts

Abra barangay candidate arrested for allegedly molesting minor

May 02, 2018 - 8:27 PM

A joint tracker team of Bangued, Pidigan, and San Juan towns arrested tricycle driver Romnick Balubar Blaza, who has filed his candidacy at Barangay Banacao in Bangued

Tomb raiders strike on Maundy Thursday in Abra

Mar 30, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Police suspect some people usually collect bones in untended and cracked tombs which they would then use for charms and potions

3 charged over grenade attack during Abra town fiesta

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

(UPDATED) The police escorts of Abra Representative Joseph Sto Niño Bernos and his wife, Mayor Menchie Bernos, were killed, while the couple and 34 others were injuired in the January 25 incident

Explosion kills 2 cops, injures Abra lawmaker, mayor during town fiesta

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Abra Representative Joseph Bernos and his wife Menchie, the mayor of La Paz town, were watching the fireworks explode from the La Paz town plaza when a blast hit the ground

CHAOS. Chairs were left in disarray after the plaza explosion. PNP-Abra Photo

Watch: Coke Studio Artists and teens unite to bring music back to Marawi

Dec 26, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Marawi’s streets have always been filled with vibrant music, but since the war, the city has been silent. Volunteers sought to change that

News Briefs: March 15, 2017

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday March 15

Power restored in 94% of Lawin-hit areas

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:03 AM

The National Electrification Administration says the rehabilitation of road networks is necessary for faster rehabilitation of energy distribution facilities

Power restoration in Cagayan. Image courtesy One Meralco Foundation

Cordillerans on talks with communists: Give peace a chance

Jun 10, 2016 - 1:10 PM

As indigenous peoples IP affected by the armed conflict the prospects for the resumption of the peace talks give hope to our people

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 9PM

May 03, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Rappler and PPCRV team up to safeguard the 2016 elections Marawi and Abra may soon be under ‘Comelec control’ CHR says the number of election related violence cases rises to 53

Marawi, Abra soon under 'Comelec control'

May 03, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says the poll body for one totally prohibits firearms in areas under Comelec control

'COMELEC CONTROL.' The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to place Marawi City as well as Abra under 'Comelec control,' Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says. File photo by Karl Grobl

3 provinces added to PNP's election watchlist areas

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:56 AM

The PNP is also monitoring the provinces of Abra Nueva Ecija and Lanao del Norte – additions to the 6 provinces already identified as watchlist areas in December

POLICE. Officers of the Philippine National Police force salute during ceremony. File photo by Francis R Malasig/EPA

Duterte promises airport for extreme Northern Luzon

Mar 29, 2016 - 5:05 PM

In Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region Duterte continues to make his pitch for federalism

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Rodrigo Duterte says the key to economic growth in the Philippines is the decongestion of Metro Manila and giving equal opportunities for other parts of the country to develop. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'I'm not my father's copycat' – Bongbong Marcos

Feb 10, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos is asked what legacies of his father the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos he intends to continue

DENR Cordillera approves 7,000 land patents

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:38 AM

DENR CAR declares it was able to meet its target number of processed and issued land patents for 2015 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

Who is running in the Cordillera Administrative Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Cordillera Administrative Region

Ex-Abra gov Valera guilty of ex-congressman's murder

Sep 30, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Abra Governor Vicente Valera and two co accused get 40 year prison terms for the murder of former Abra Representative Luis Bersamin and his bodyguard in 2006

JAIL TIME. Former Abra Governor Vicente Valera is sentenced to 40 years behind bars for the murder of former Abra Representative Luis Bersamin and the latter's police escort. In this file photo, he is escorted at the national police headquarters following his arrest on September 2, 2009. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

10 killed as typhoon hits northern Philippines

Aug 22, 2015 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED NDRRMC says 10 were reported injured in the Mountain Province Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur Batanes and Cagayan; while 3 are missing in La Union Ilocos Norte and Cagayan

DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE. Filipino villagers inspect a damaged road in the town of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte province, Philippines after Typhoon Ineng triggered deadly landslides and floods. EPA/Bernie Sipin Dela Cruz