By Jing Villamente Reporter
Leading Cavite-Liberal Party gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi of Imus on Thursday renewed calls for a peaceful, clean and honest elections as he slammed alleged massive vote buying perpetrated by some provincial candidates.
Maliksi made the call during the Peace Covenant Signing at Imus Cathedral, organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, through a statement he sent to the organizing officials.
Maliksi lauded PPCRV and the Parish for their unrelenting crusade against dirty campaign tactics, manifested by vote buying, and sought the help of the group to quell those engaging in such corrupt and unfair activities.
Maliksi also lambasted candidates who prey on poor voters, expecting that poverty will force these people to sell their votes. With 12 days remaining before the May 13 elections and Maliksi clearly ahead in recent poll surveys, reports from the Liberal Party (LP) in Cavite said people are being herded daily at the Island Cove and are given cash in exchange for their votes.
“This is an insult to the people of Cavite and I see this as a form of violence against the sanctity and dignity of votes and ballots. These candidates have no respect for them at all and are so hungry for power that they would try to win at all cost and by all means!” he said.
Maliksi said that rivals are getting nervous of their impending loss since a recent survey conducted by Stradpolls for the month of April showed that more Caviteños will vote for him if the elections were held last month.
Support of various sectors for Maliksi has been increasing since he was officially endorsed by President Aquino to implement Malacanang’s reform agenda for Cavite.
“Let us not allow the dark forces to thwart the will of our people. Protect the sanctity of our votes by being vigilant against those who want to manipulate the results of the elections,” Maliksi urged Caviteños in his statement sent to PPCRV officials in Imus led by Fr. Ronel Ilano.
The LP gubernatorial bet apologized to PPCRV after he failed to show up in the slated peace covenant signing sponsored by PPCRV-Imus and the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish.
Maliksi said his absence does not mean that he is not supporting the organization’s advocacy for a clean and peaceful elections since he has been the one pushing for such since day one of the campaign.
However, Maliksi emphasized that his absence is a denunciation of the dirty tricks being employed by his rivals and not a disregard of PPCRV and the Parish’s efforts for peaceful polls in Cavite.
“ Of course, the LP Cavite team and I, are one with PPCRV in pushing for a decent and peaceful elections in the province. But we condemn those who out of desperation, are now engaging in massive vote buying and other dirty tricks,” he added.