Batac’s longest elected mayor dies of heart failure

BATAC CITY, April 2 (PIA) — Former Batac Mayor Jesus Nalupta, Sr., who served longest to the post, died past 11 pm last Sunday of heart failure at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center here.

Incumbent Batac Mayor Jeffrey Nalupta said his father was taken to the hospital after he suffered from massive heart attack. It was his first attack after the former mayor was diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes.

“He has been on dialysis for the last 12 months,” Nalupta’s son said.

Nalupta, 74, held the reigns of Batac for nearly two decades beginning 1988 when he first sat as mayor. He completed his three terms as mayor in 1997. He made a comeback in 2001 and ran the city for six more years.

He would have ran unopposed in his third and final term in 2007 but he withdrew his candidacy in favor of his son incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Nalupta. His son Jeffrey got the distinction of having served as the first city mayor of Batac in 2007, when Batac’s cityhood was approved.

Before he died, Jesus Nalupta, Sr. was a member of the board of directors of the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative and a consultant for barangay affairs of Batac.

He was survived by his wife Daisy Castro-Nalupta, president of the federation of women’s groups in Batac, and eight sons.
Other members of the Nalupta clan are well-entrenched in Ilocos Norte politics as they occupy various seats in Batac from Sanggunian Kabataan, to punong barangays and the city council. (MCA/PIA1 Ilocos Norte)

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