Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has offered his prayers and condolences for the death of his former political rival, ex-Cavite Governor Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi, who recently passed away.
“Ang aming taimtim na panalangin at taus-pusong pakikiramay sa pamilya at mga naiwan na mahal sa buhay ni Gob. Ayong Maliksi (Our fervent prayers and sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Gov. Ayong Maliksi),” Revilla posted on his Facebook page Thursday, February 25.
He further wrote: “Minsan mang naging salungat ang aming pulitika, hindi naman maikakaila ang paglalaan niya ng kanyang sarili sa paninilbihan sa aming kababayang Imuseño at Kabitenyo (While we have once been rivals in politics, we cannot deny that he sacrificed his life to serve our fellow Imuseño and Caviteños).”
“Sadyang matimbang din ang malalim na samahan ng aming mga pamilya na nangingibaw sa anumang kulay ng pulitika (And the deep relationship of our families prevailed over any political colors).”
“Paalam, Pareng Ayong (Farewell, my friend Ayong). May you find eternal peace in the loving arms of our Creator,” Revilla said.
On Wednesday night, Maliksi’s son, Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi confirmed the passing of the former Cavite governor, who was 82. He did not disclose the specific date and cause of his father’s death.
Before being elected as governor, Maliksi served as vice mayor and mayor of Imus. He was also elected as a congressman representing Cavite.
In 2007, Maliksi accused Revilla of being responsible for his suspension after he rejected Revilla’s wife, Lani Mercado-Revilla, as his running mate in the gubernatorial race. Revilla, who denied the charge, later moved for a truce between his political rivals in the Cavite province.