PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office Chairman (PCSO) Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi’s woes have taken a turn for the worse as the advocacy group Coalition of Filipino Consumers CFC) called for his immediate resignation following the filing of plunder and graft charges against him.
Maliksi has been sued by the Filipino Alliance for Empowerment and Transparency (FATE) for plunder after he stopped the operations of the small town lottery (STL) for two months in June last year that caused the PCSO huge losses in revenues amounting to an estimated P15 billion.
He is also facing graft charges for hiring 30 ghost consultants and giving undue favor to
his driver, Celestino Aman, who got more than P2 million in medical assistance from PCSO for his hospitalization at the Philippine Heart Center.
“Out of delicadeza, Chairman Maliksi should immediately step down from his post. Nakakahiya siya. (What a shame.) President Benigno Aquino is about to end his term and he’s been getting flak for his appointees, especially Maliksi,” said Perfecto Tagalog, CFC spokesman.
Tagalog said the president should not give unwarranted favor to Maliksi, who is a member of the president’s Liberal Party.
“President Aquino has been touting his ‘Daang Matuwid’ policy but Maliksi’s actions go against it,” he said.
In addition to the P2 million Aman got from PCSO, CFC said Maliksi wrote a letter to the Philippine Heart Center to request that the P700,000 of his pork barrel fund or Philippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) be used to defray the remaining balance of Aman’s bill.
“This is detestable. While thousands of Filipino patients are unable to get assistance from the PCSO, here is Maliksi using his government position for Aman,” Tagalog said.