Abra condemns killing of former vice gov


BAGUIO CITY — Abreños condemned the killing of Abra’s former vice governor Rolando Somera early morning Saturday in Marikina as they call for justice.

Ching Somera, niece of the slain vice governor, said she is surprised and saddened by the unexpected death and brutal killing of her uncle.

The former vice governor was killed at close range by still unidentified lone gunman wearing a mask while he was with a companion on Munding Avenue, San Roque, Marikina City at 1 a.m. of June 10.

“My uncle is a good public servant, peace loving and friendly. I don’t know of any person who has a grudge on him,” she said.

Former San Juan, Abra town mayor, who served the local government together with the former vice governor, in a text message on Sunday, expressed sympathy to the bereaved family as he calls for a thorough investigation.

He also relayed Abra residents call for justice on the untimely and brutal killing of the former vice governor. “We condemn his violent death and we demand full investigation, and justice should be served,” he said.

Somera is not the only political figure killed outside Abra. Former Tineg, Abra mayor Boyet Benwaren was killed in Calauan, Laguna while he and his wife were attending a wedding 10 years ago.

Rep. Luis Chito Bersamin, brother of incumbent Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, was the highest political figure of Abra killed outside the province. He was killed infront of a church in Quezon in 2006, when he attended a wedding on December 16, 2006. Dionisio Dennis Jr./PNA