By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite —The win for incumbent Mayor Emmanuel Leonardo Maliksi and the administration’s One Imus Legacy Team will give the mandate the much-talked-about P2.76 billion modernization projects in this historical capital city.
Maliksi and his One Imus Legacy Team are winning overwhelmingly against his cousin and lone rival former Mayor Homer Topacio Saquilayan and his team in the latest Commission on Elections’ tally on Monday night, May 13,.
The tally showed that Maliksi of Liberal Party (LP) and his running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Arnel M. Cantimbuhan of PDP-Laban are leading by 8,038 and 8, 296 votes, respectively, against Saquilayan and his running mate, Shernan Jaro (both of Partido ng Masang Pilipino).
Before the Comelec adjourned the vote count on late Monday night, Maliksi got 71,991 while Saquilayan has 63,963 while Catimbuhan got 69,530 and Jaro 61,234.
Incumbent Third District Representative (Imus) Alex L. Advincula (PDP-Laban), who is also with the team, was unopposed in the race.
With 98% percent of the poll precincts reporting and a few remaining votes to be counted, Maliksi and his team are sure winners.
At least 11 of 12 team candidates made it to the “Magic 12” council circle with newcomer Adrian Jay (AJ) Advincula, the 24-year-old son of Rep Advincula, at No. 1 spot.
The Imus PDP-Laban and Liberal Party stalwarts have joined forces just before the filing of certificates of candidacies last October to keep the members of the two parties intact and work on for further developments of the city
The unity team is a brainchild of Advincula and Maliksi to keep the young and veteran members of the parties going in terms of performance and accomplishments.
Aside from AJ who got 105,466 votes, the 11 in the council circle are (in winning number order) are Larry Boy Nato (PDP-Laban) with 87,372, Llyod Emman Jaro, 77,390; Argel Joseph Reyes 77,390, and L.A. Deocadis, both LP, Vice Amposta (PDP-Laban), Darlon Sayarot (LP), Raymond Arguelles and Toti Ropeta (both PDP-Laban), Emilio “Miong” Aguinaldo V and Tito Monzon (LP).
The lone opposition—Egay Saquilayan, a younger brother of opposition mayoralty bet Saquilayan—is winning in 7th place.
The upcoming P2.76 billion-worth modernization projects for the city were among the prime issues raised by Saquilayan and his five-man team during the campaign period. The opposition group rejected the loan, citing reasons.
The Maliksi administration reportedly had loaned the amount from a bank late last year to push the projects under the modernization program which included, the putting up of a new government center, the implementation of e-vehicles, particularly the e-trikes. the Green Schools Program, Organic Farming and others that are embodied in the Comprehensive Land Use Program (CLUP).
Maliksi said that with the win and the mandate of the electorate, he and the administration will push through with the city’s modernization program.
The P2.76 billion is set to be given to the city government within a few months this year once the Monetary Board (MB) releases the loan resolution.
The Bureau of Local Government Finances (BLGF) and the lending Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) recommended the loan to the MB, citing the city’s good financial standing and the borrowing capacity..
The P2.76 billion loan for the projects will be paid by the city government in set terms for 15 years.