The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Tuesday welcomed former Cavite Rep. Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi as its new chairman.
Maliksi was appointed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd to head the PCSO on April 17.
He will serve the unexpired term of former PCSO chairman Margarita Juico up to June 30 this year.
Juico resigned from the agency in May 2014 for personal reasons.
“With his experience in administration and policy-making, Chairman Maliksi is sure to be an asset to PCSO,” said Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, PCSO vice chairman and general manager.
The other members of the PCSO Board of Directors are Betty Nantes, Mabel Mamba, Francisco Joaquin 3rd and Florencio Noel.
Meanwhile, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City and Marikina City (Metro Manila) Rep. Romero Quimbo appealed to critics to hold their judgment on Maliksi, also a former Cavite governor and Liberal Party (LP) treasurer.
The lawmakers issued the appeal amid criticisms that Maliksi’s PCSO appointment is being viewed as the LP’s move to raise funds for the 2016 presidential elections.
Critics also raised the issue that Maliksi was once charged before the Sandiganbayan with a P2.5-million graft case involving medicine purchases.
The anti-graft court, however, dismissed the charges because of the Ombudsman’s inordinate delay in filing the case.
“Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. He is a very capable person,” Belmonte said.
“What fund-raising are they talking about? He [Maliksi] won’t get anything from there [in PCSO]. He will be dispensing wheelchairs,” Quimbo said.
But for Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon, Maliksi’s appointment smacks of political considerations, given that he is very close to the LP chairman, President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“The public must be vigilant to ensure that PCSO funds are used for services, not as an election kitty for the LP,” Ridon said.