THE Supreme Court on Wednesday has ruled that all Nueva Ecija voters should take part in a plebiscite for Cabanatuan City as a highly urbanized city (HUC). Voting 9-5-1, the court granted the petition filed by Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali, who argued that all residents of the province should participate in the plebiscite and not just those from Cabanatuan City since the whole province would be affected by the modification. The Commission on Elections was also ordered to conduct the plebiscite 120 days from the finality of the Supreme Court decision. President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd on July 4, 2012 issued Presidential Proclamation 418, which converts Cabanatuan into an HUC.