BAGUIO CITY: Former Abra governor Vicente Valera’s conviction in connection to the killing of former Rep. Luis Bersamin elicited mixed reactions from townsfolk.
Abra Vice Gov. Rosario “Chari” Bersamin, the slain lawmaker’s daughter, said the conviction is “justice served.”
She added that she did not even expect that the decision would be out so soon.
Bersamin, together with his driver, were gunned down at the Mt. Carmel Church in New Manila, Quezon City on December 16, 2006.
Valera, however, denied the accusation.
Valera’s daughter, Anne, said in a statement that the court erroneously convicted her father.
“It is a sad day for us as we experienced first hand how the courts can erroneously convict an innocent man based on questionable and flimsy evidence,” she added.
She maintained that it was not established at the trial that it was her father who pulled the trigger. The witnesses presented did not have personal knowledge of the participation of Valera.
Incumbent Abra Gov. Eus-taquio Bersamin, the slain lawmaker’s brother, said the conviction was a victory of the justice system.
Meanwhile, Dolores town Mayor Roberto Seares Jr. said, “let us put an end to Abra’s nightmare . . . We hope that this would heal wounds of both parties and open to genuine unity for us Abrenians.”