Lingayen- - -“Pangasinan mourns the untimely demise of Mayor Ruperto Martinez, the simple public servant of Infanta.”
This was cited by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. as he delivered his eulogy on behalf of the entire provincial government before the interment of the late Infanta mayor at the town’s executive building grounds.
“Nakakalungkot na sa ganitong paraan nagtapos ang buhay ng ating butihing mayor,” the vice governor lamented as he disclosed that the assassination of the town leader is caused not by people but by the “devil.”
Calimlim said that the people behind the killing are evil enough to commit such crime which was perpetrated to weaken clean and stable politics in Pangasinan.
“Ginawa ito ng mga kalaban upang gawing mahina ang malinis at malakas na pulitika,” Vice Gov. Calimlim noted.
Furthermore, the vice governor delivered the request of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. for Pangasinenses to firm up their faith.
“Hiling po ni Gov. Espino na ipagdasal po natin ang lahat ng local leaders ng Pangasinan at nawa’y pagtibayin ang suporta natin sa bawat isa para po maituloy natin ang lahat ng nasimulan para sa ganap na progreso ng ating lalawigan,” Vice Gov. Calimlim said.
Meanwhile, former first district representative Arthur Celeste expressed deep sympathy over the death of Mayor Martinez, who during the time of his death (Martinez) was supposed to attend the 50th birthday celebration of the former congressman.
Celeste described Martinez as “simple and hardworking leader who has set his sights on the progress of his town.”
Also present during the eulogy rites are First District Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Napoleon Fontellera.
Gov. Espino likewise attended the rites much earlier and prayed later privately at the burial site.
Mayor Martinez, who has served the town of Infanta for 15 years, was shot to death by still unidentified riding-in-tandem gunmen afternoon of December 15 in front of his house. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)