BALER, Aurora -- The vice governor in this province has expressed belief that the move to make Dingalan in southern Aurora to secede and be annexed to Nueva Ecija won’t prosper because of legal issues, citing jurisprudence laid down by no less than the Supreme Court.
Presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Vice Gov. Rommel T Angara said that in the event a plebiscite is held for the purpose of transferring Dingalan to Nueva Ecija, this would lose since not only Dingaleños would vote but also the entire voting populace of Aurora.
Angara cited the case of the petition of the city government of Cabanatuan to be declared a highly urbanized city (HUC) which was opposed by the Nueva Ecija provincial government.
The issue, which triggered the bitter political rivalry between the Umalis and the Vergaras, reached the Supreme Court which eventually ruled that all voters of Nueva Ecija, not just of Cabanatuan, should vote in the plebiscite.
Local folks in Dingalan say they prefer to be under the political and administrative jurisdiction of the Novo Ecijano provincial government than the Aurora provincial government for reasons of practicality and geography.
Local residents said for their own convenience, Dingalan should be under Nueva Ecija instead of the present administrative set-up.
They said the move will bring Dingalan closer to various government agencies, thus making delivery of basic services easier to avail of when it is more difficult under the present set-up.
They stressed it would be economically convenient to transfer the town under the jurisdiction of Nueva Ecija where the provincial capitol may be reached in an hour in Palayan City unlike in Aurora where it would take three hours.
Dingalan Mayor Shierwin Taay admitted that Novo Ecijano leaders are expressing interest in Dingalan which they see as the gateway and transshipment hub for raw materials they want shipped in Taiwan, the United States and other countries.