Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ecija’s oldest mayor quits post over failing health

NAMPICUAN, Nueva Ecija – This town’s incumbent octogenarian mayor, the oldest among 27 municipal chief executives in the province, has resigned his post, citing failing health.

          Dr. Abraham Pascua, assistant regional director for Central Luzon and concurrent provincial director of the Department of the Interior and Local Governments, said Mayor Ubaldino Lacurom has tendered his resignation to his ally and political benefactor, Gov. Aurelio Umali.

         Lacurom, a member of Umali’s Unang Sigaw Partido ng Pagbabago, submitted his resignation letter dated June 6 and received by the provincial DILG on June 9.

          Lacurom won a third and last term in last year’s mayoral elections. His daughter, Cora Lacurom-Villanueva, also won as vice mayor.

          They were the only father-and-son tandem to win in the polls while an uncle-and-nephew team of Mayor Nestor Alvarez and Vice Mayor Tekila Grace Alvarez won in last year’s polls in the Science City of Munoz.

          In his resignation letter, Lacurom – a retired Regional Trial Court judge, stated that he is now 81 years old and was afflicted with a mild stroke in August 2008. He cited that in 2011, he underwent angioplasty and was installed with a pacemaker at the Heart Center of the Philippines.

          Because of his health conditions, he said he “critically need to slow down” the pace of his physical and mental activities.

          But he said the paramount reason for his resignation is he wants to enjoy his pension as a retired RTC judge “for a few more years that I live in this world.”

          “Anyway, my successor to the position for the rest of my three-year term is my daughter Vice Mayor Cora G. Lacurom-Villanueva,” he said.

          In his letter, Lacurom thanked Umali for his full support to his administration for the past seven years and affirmed he and his daughter’s “unflinching loyalty” to Umali and his wife, third district Rep. Czarina Umali.

          Lacurom expressed the wish that if accepted by Umali, his resignation will take effect on July 1. 

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