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Erineo “Ayong” Saquilayan Maliksi (25 March 1938- 24 February 2021) was a Filipino politician from Cavite. He represented the 2nd and 3rd congressional districts of Cavite in the 11th and 15th Congress of the Philippines, respectively. He was appointed by then President Benigno Simeon Aquino III as Chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and served from April 2015 to August 2016.
He finished his primary education at Anabu II Elementary School in Imus in 1951 and his secondary education at Del Pilar Academy in Imus in 1955. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of the East.
Maliksi was first elected to public office as Vice Mayor of Imus. He served for two consecutive terms from 1980 to 1986. After the EDSA Revolution, he was elected as Mayor of Imus and served from 1988 to 1998. Under his leadership, Imus became known as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines” because of its colorful lanterns, lights, and nativity scenes during the Christmas season. Imus celebrates “Paskuhan” every year, which also features a Christmas Carol Competition and Panunuluyan or the reenactment of the journey of Mary and Joseph as they searched for a place where they could give birth to Jesus Christ.
In 1998, he ran for the position of 2nd District Representative of Cavite. He won and served until 2001. in 2001, he ran for Governor against then first-term incumbent governor Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. Revilla comes from a highly respected political clan in Bacoor. Maliksi won and served until 2010.
In 2010, he was elected as Representative of the newly created 3rd Legislative District of Cavite. It was also during this time that Imus became a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 1061 Bill No. 4729. In 2013, he ran for Governor and challenged then incumbent and successor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla. Remulla won with a margin of over 50,000 votes.
In 2015, he was appointed by Aquino as Chairman of the PCSO and served until August 2016. His background as former lawmaker and governor helped him better facilitate requests for medical- and health-related assistance at the agency.
Maliksi passed away on 24 February 2021 at the age of 82. He succumbed to COVID-19-induced stroke. He reportedly tested positive of the coronavirus on 14 February and was already recovering and tested positive when he suffered cardiac arrest.
To honor his service, flags at the provincial government offices in Cavite were flown in half mast in mourning of his death. He is survived by his wife Olivia Maliksi and son incumbent Imus Mayor Emmanuel “Manny” Maliksi. Former political rival, Jonvic Remulla, described Ayong Maliksi as “a gentleman, a leader, and a steadfast Caviteño.”
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