PCSO CHIEF RESIGNS

PHOTO-AQUINO WITH OCHOA -Dirty politics has claimed another victim. A close family friend of the President and an ever-loyal Aquino loyalist, PCSO Chairperson Margarita P. Juico, handed her irrevocable letter of resignation yesterday to Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. in Malacañang. It takes effect immediately, a Manila Times source in the Palace said. Ochoa suggested that her resignation be effective at the end of the month, but Juico would not budge. She was apparently tired of being the subject of intrigues and dirty politics within the Palace. She could not wait to leave her post. The Executive Secretary said the President had promised the PCSO chairmanship to former Imus Mayor and Congressman Ireneo (Ayong) Maliksi sometime ago. Rumors of Maliksi taking over Juico’s post started to circulate when the former mayor and congressman personally announced during his birthday celebration in Imus some months ago that he was taking over the PCSO. But even before that, rumors have been circulating in and out of Malacañang that a group close to DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has been coveting Juico’s post. In one instance, President BS Aquino 3rd admonished Juico for not cooperating with Roxas.
The Secretary had obviously complained to the President that Juico was withholding the documents on Bingo Milyonaryo and other games from him.READ MORE....

ALSO: Palace call was cue for Juico to resign -Source

May 11 -When resigned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Margarita P. Juico received a sudden call from Malacañang at about 4 p.m. Thursday, she sensed right away that it was time to go. Without dilly-dallying, Juico started writing her resignation letter in her own handwriting. “This is to tender my resignation as chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Thank you for the honor of serving your administration,” read Juico’s handwritten resignation letter. “The chairman knew then that it was coming; that she would be told about the President’s plans to replace her at the PCSO,” the source, who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak on behalf of Juico, said. The source told the Manila Bulletin that the call came from Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who had asked her to go to Malacañang. Knowing what the call meant, Juico immediately proceeded to Ochoa’s office in Malacañang to hand over her resignation letter. Big surprise  -No one at PCSO, not even her closest staff, knew what was going on, the source said. Not the board directors, not PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, and not even the assistant general managers had an inkling of the big development triggered by the Palace call that came on a sizzling Thursday afternoon, the source said. “We were all surprised,” a senior assistant general manager, who also declined to be identified, said. “What I am going to leave behind is P16 billion,” Juico said, adding that the previous PCSO leadership only left behind P3 billion in cash as well as P7 billion in debts. She said that after May 13, many defeated candidates in the 2013 elections would be placed in positions anywhere.READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: ‘Juico turned down Roxas’ request for documents’

President Aquino had warned resigned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Margarita Juico of the consequences of failing to comply with a request of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II for documents and other information on the new game Bingo Mil-yonaryo, according to a memorandum, copy of which The STAR had obtained. In the memorandum dated June 11, 2013, Aquino told Juico that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) had formally requested for the documents, but that the PCSO had declined to release them. “It is therefore both disappointing and embarrassing to know that an agency attached to the Office of the President has refused to respond to a formal reasonable request from the DILG secretary, who is considered an alter ego of the President himself,” read the memorandum. “I find PCSO’s refusal inexcusable and unjustified, considering that these requests are proper and legitimate, guided by instruction from the President.” Aquino directed Juico to provide any and all relevant documents and information that the DILG had requested. “Stern warning is hereby given to all PCSO officials concerned that unjustified failure or refusal to comply with these requests shall be dealt with more severity,” read the memorandum. READ MORE...

ALSO: Juico quits PCSO; no action yet from Noy

Citing her age and a need to rest, Margarita Juico tendered her resignation yesterday as chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). President Aquino has not acted on the resignation. Juico said she would remain in her post until her resignation is accepted, although she preferred that it would take effect today. Cavite Rep. Erineo "Ayong" Malicsi will reportedly replace Juico. "They don't have to drag me out of my office. I don't want to get in his way. Let him have it," Juico, 65, told The STAR in a phone interview last night. "I have reached retirement age. I have served over two decades. Pahinga na muna (Rest first)." Juico said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa asked her if she could stay in her post until the end of the month, but she told him she would announce her resignation to PCSO personnel yesterday. "I am not leaving my post until I get the acceptance of the President because it would be abandonment of my duties," Juico said. "But I didn't say it's an irrevocable (resignation) because I felt it was not respectful to the President, and I really just serve at his pleasure." READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino accepts PCSO chief's resignation

President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chairwoman Margarita Juico, Malacañang said on Friday. In a statement shown on television reports, Presidential Communication Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said thr President thanked Juico for her "dedicated service to the government and the Filipino people." "As an esteemed family friend, President Aquino wishes her well on her decision to end her stint in public service," Coloma said. He added that the effectivity of Juico's resignation is upon formal written acceptance by the President in accordance with established procedures. Coloma did not state the reason for Juico's resignation. According to an earlier report by the STAR, Juico, 65, tendered her resignation on Thursday citing her age and a need to rest. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace pressuring SC justice to retire

PHOTO TAKEN when Supreme Court Justice Martin S. Villarama, Jr. took his oath of office on Saturday, November 7, 2009. Malacañang is allegedly pressuring a Supreme Court (SC) justice to leave the tribunal two years earlier than his mandatory retirement to allow President Benigno Aquino 3rd to appoint more of his judicial allies to the Court before he leaves office. According to an unimpeachable source of The Manila Times in the High Court, Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr. is being forced to retire so that Aquino could have six appointees at the SC when he steps down. Villarama is expected to retire on April 14, 2016 when he reaches 70, the mandatory retirement age. The source said if Villarama leaves now, the President can appoint his replacement immediately. If Villarama retires in 2016, Aquino cannot name his replacement because of the constitutional ban on appointments two months before a presidential election.
The ban is explicit in Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, Section 15: “Two months immediately before the next presidential elections and up to the end of his term, a President or Acting President shall not make appointments, except temporary appointments to executive positions when continued vacancies therein will prejudice public service or endanger public safety.” The presidential elections will be on May 9, 2016. The ban takes effect March 9, 2016.
The source said Malacañang probably wants Villarama to step down now for Aquino to escape a similar situation when former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed former Justice Renato Corona as Chief Justice.
Aquino was very vocal against Corona’s appointment. The President has four appointees in the SC—Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno, Justice Bienvenido Reyes, Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Justice Marvic Leonen.
Aquino is expected to make his fifth appointment when Associate Justice Roberto Abad steps down. Abad is expected to retire on May 22 this year. If Villarama yields to the Palace pressure and retires early, it will result in the naming by Aquino of his 6th appointee in the High Court. READ MORE...

Maliksi: No PCSO post offer but would gladly accept it

Rumored as possible replacement for resigned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Margie Juico, former Cavite governor Erineo Maliksi (photo) said yesterday he had not been offered the job but would gladly accept it if offered to him by President Aquino. “It has not been offered to me and I am not asking for it,” he said in a radio interview. Maliksi belongs to the ruling Liberal Party. He unsuccessfully tried to reclaim his gubernatorial post in the May 2013 elections. The one-year prohibition against the appointment of election losers expires next week. Barzaga, who belongs to the National Unity Party, also belied talk that President Aquino was considering Maliksi as PCSO chairman just to wipe the Revillas from the Cavite political landscape.READ FULL REPORT...


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AQUINO WITH OCHOA

MANILA, MAY 12, 2014 (MANILA TIMES) by Dr. Dante A. Ang Chairman Emeritus, The Manila Times - Dirty politics has claimed another victim.

A close family friend of the President and an ever-loyal Aquino loyalist, PCSO Chairperson Margarita P. Juico, handed her irrevocable letter of resignation yesterday to Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. in Malacañang. It takes effect immediately, a Manila Times source in the Palace said.

Ochoa suggested that her resignation be effective at the end of the month, but Juico would not budge. She was apparently tired of being the subject of intrigues and dirty politics within the Palace. She could not wait to leave her post.

The Executive Secretary said the President had promised the PCSO chairmanship to former Imus Mayor and Congressman Ireneo (Ayong) Maliksi sometime ago. Rumors of Maliksi taking over Juico’s post started to circulate when the former mayor and congressman personally announced during his birthday celebration in Imus some months ago that he was taking over the PCSO.

But even before that, rumors have been circulating in and out of Malacañang that a group close to DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has been coveting Juico’s post. In one instance, President BS Aquino 3rd admonished Juico for not cooperating with Roxas.

The Secretary had obviously complained to the President that Juico was withholding the documents on Bingo Milyonaryo and other games from him.

According to Juico, she could not give Roxas the requested documents because it was not Roxas who had asked for them but someone who claimed he was representing the DILG Secretary. And when Juico tried to call Roxas on his mobile to verify the request, the Secretary wouldn’t answer her calls.

She was summoned to the Palace and was given a dressing down by the President about this. According to a reliable source, the President said, “Roxas is my alter ego, you disrespect him, you disrespect me.” No amount of explanation would soothe Aquino’s anger. Obviously he had been told a different story.

As early as then, Juico had wanted to resign from her post.

In July 2010 or just a few weeks after Aquino’s inauguration as President, he offered the PCSO Chairmanship to Juico. Juico initially declined the offer and said that she would be happy with just being a member of the Board. The President insisted and said, “It’s your time, Margie.”

Juico who served as Appointments Secretary for the late President Cory Aquino had continued to work for the Aquino family even long after the President’s term ended in 1992. Juico stood by Cory throughout all her remaining years on earth as her friend, confidant and co-worker. There were reports that Cory on her deathbed had asked Juico to “take care of Noynoy.”

Juico’s resignation came as a shock even to the members of the President’s family.

Juico is among the first, if not the very first, direct casualty of the politics of convenience. The President sacrificed her to make way for a member of the Liberal Party who is a political nemesis of the Revilla clan in Cavite.

It is clear that the President is using the two powerful clans of Maliksi and Remulla against the Revillas. The two families have banded together to obliterate the Revillas in Cavite politics. And that makes the Maliksis and Remullas valuable allies of the President. The PCSO chairmanship is a reward for Maliksi for joining the President in his fight against Sen. Bong Revilla.

All these developments point to the 2016 presidential elections. With the Revillas out of the political equation in Cavite, the Liberal Party’s presumptive standard-bearer, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, will have an easier time winning in Cavite Province.

Cavite has the most number of voters among all the Philippine provinces. It has 7 congressional districts.
With Marge Juico’s resignation will soon come another.

Joseph P. Juico, former Quezon City Councilor who now works in the office of the Executive Secretary, will likely follow suit. He is expected to resign as well over the maltreatment his mother had received from no less than the President and his allies, more particularly Mar Roxas and the other Liberal Party heavyweights.

Another factor that must have contributed to the President’s displeasure with Juico is that her spouse, Philip, who is currently the President of Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, is suspected of not having used his position to keep Roxas from being suspended for figuring in an ugly incident. Roxas abused Club employees, cursing them because they were insisting that he obey the rules and pay green fees for his guests at the exclusive club. The club punished Roxas with a two-month suspension of membership privileges.

During her term at the PCSO, Marge Juico brought it closer to the people. She opened satellite clinics in the Lung Center of the Philippines and in the provinces. She undertook several reform programs that saved the Charity organization millions of pesos.

One of these reforms was the cancellation of the paper supply contract for the Lotto that was grossly disadvantageous to the government.

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Palace call was cue for Juico to resign by Edd K. Usman May 11, 2014 Share this:


Margarita P. Juico

Manila, Philippines — When resigned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Margarita P. Juico received a sudden call from Malacañang at about 4 p.m. Thursday, she sensed right away that it was time to go.

Without dilly-dallying, Juico started writing her resignation letter in her own handwriting.

“This is to tender my resignation as chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Thank you for the honor of serving your administration,” read Juico’s handwritten resignation letter.

“The chairman knew then that it was coming; that she would be told about the President’s plans to replace her at the PCSO,” the source, who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak on behalf of Juico, said.

The source told the Manila Bulletin that the call came from Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who had asked her to go to Malacañang.

Knowing what the call meant, Juico immediately proceeded to Ochoa’s office in Malacañang to hand over her resignation letter.

Big surprise

No one at PCSO, not even her closest staff, knew what was going on, the source said.

Not the board directors, not PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, and not even the assistant general managers had an inkling of the big development triggered by the Palace call that came on a sizzling Thursday afternoon, the source said.

“We were all surprised,” a senior assistant general manager, who also declined to be identified, said.

While Juico tendered her resignation from the Aquino administration, the source said she and her family’s support and loyalty to President Aquino still remain.

In what could be her last and final press conference at the PCSO last Friday, she revealed that she had long wanted to resign but held on until the Palace call came.

Ochoa had wanted her to stay until the end of the month, but she asked the “Little President” to act immediately on her resignation because she doesn’t want to secure anymore a travel order when she goes abroad soon.

When she met with journalists covering the PCSO last Friday, she was asked whether her board directors would be affected by the changes at the agency.

Political losers want PCSO posts

Rather than answering the question, Juico said, “Political losers always see the PCSO as a plum position.”

Asked why, she said, “Kasi maraming pera, especially now.”

“What I am going to leave behind is P16 billion,” Juico said, adding that the previous PCSO leadership only left behind P3 billion in cash as well as P7 billion in debts.

She said that after May 13, many defeated candidates in the 2013 elections would be placed in positions anywhere.

The former PCSO official was referring to the one-year ban on defeated candidates since the May, 2013, political exercise.

“Alam mo, they always see the PCSO as a plum position. Ang hindi nila alam ang suweldo ng PCSO chairman ang baba na ngayon. Aywan ko kung alam nila ‘yon,” she said.

Juico was in good spirits, smiling, and laughing with the reporters present at her briefing. Even when she bid goodbye to her directors she did not show any sadness.

After her resignation, she said she will rest first. Rejoining the government is not yet in her mind even if offered anew by the President.

But she will continue her advocacy with her group, the Yellow Ribbon Movement (YRM) that she and other women leaders established to support the candidacy of President Aquino in the May, 2010, presidential elections.

Making a difference

How does she want to be remembered as PCSO head?

“As the chairman who made a difference in the PCSO,” she said.

Juico also maintained that her resignation had nothing to do with the issue regarding Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club because the latter had accepted that his infraction carried a penalty.

Meanwhile, Malacañang remains mum on the appointment of a new PCSO chairman, despite reports that former Cavite Rep. Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi will take Juico’s vacated post.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte could not confirm reports that Maliksi, a Liberal Party (LP) member, will be the new PCSO chairman.

Asked if Maliksi is one of the contenders, Valte said, “I really also don’t have information on that. As (Presidential Communications) Secretary (Herminio) Coloma said, let us just wait for an announcement, if any, on who will take over the chairmanship of the PCSO next.”

At the House of Representatives, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. lashed out at Makabayan bloc colleagues for accusing President Aquino’s LP of supposedly taking control of the PCSO in preparation for the 2016 presidential polls.

“Fertile imagination” was his response when asked to comment on the accusations of progressive congressmen.

Progressive solons believe that Juico’s resignation had something to do with the looming showdown between Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II in the 2016 presidential elections. (With reports from Genalyn D. Kabiling and Charissa M. Luci)

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‘Juico turned down Roxas’ request for documents’ By Perseus Echeminada, Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 12, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino had warned resigned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Margarita Juico of the consequences of failing to comply with a request of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II for documents and other information on the new game Bingo Mil-yonaryo, according to a memorandum, copy of which The STAR had obtained.

In the memorandum dated June 11, 2013, Aquino told Juico that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) had formally requested for the documents, but that the PCSO had declined to release them.

“It is therefore both disappointing and embarrassing to know that an agency attached to the Office of the President has refused to respond to a formal reasonable request from the DILG secretary, who is considered an alter ego of the President himself,” read the memorandum.

“I find PCSO’s refusal inexcusable and unjustified, considering that these requests are proper and legitimate, guided by instruction from the President.”

Aquino directed Juico to provide any and all relevant documents and information that the DILG had requested.

“Stern warning is hereby given to all PCSO officials concerned that unjustified failure or refusal to comply with these requests shall be dealt with more severity,” read the memorandum.

In a letter to Juico and the PCSO Board of Directors dated May 22, 2013, the DILG had asked for the documents so it could complete the review of the government’s policy on anti-illegal numbers games.

Juico denied that the PCSO had refused to provide the DILG with the documents.

The PCSO had initiated measures to ensure that only authorized persons would receive the documents.

Juico asked the DILG to designate a pointman to handle the request because PCSO had also received requests from other DILG personnel.

Juico quits PCSO; no action yet from Noy By Marichu Villanueva and Joanne Rae Ramirez (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 9, 2014 - 1:00am 2 175 googleplus2 1


JUICO

MANILA, Philippines - Citing her age and a need to rest, Margarita Juico tendered her resignation yesterday as chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

President Aquino has not acted on the resignation. Juico said she would remain in her post until her resignation is accepted, although she preferred that it would take effect today.

Cavite Rep. Erineo "Ayong" Malicsi will reportedly replace Juico.

"They don't have to drag me out of my office. I don't want to get in his way. Let him have it," Juico, 65, told The STAR in a phone interview last night. "I have reached retirement age. I have served over two decades. Pahinga na muna (Rest first)."

Juico said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa asked her if she could stay in her post until the end of the month, but she told him she would announce her resignation to PCSO personnel yesterday.

"I am not leaving my post until I get the acceptance of the President because it would be abandonment of my duties," Juico said. "But I didn't say it's an irrevocable (resignation) because I felt it was not respectful to the President, and I really just serve at his pleasure."

Juico was Corazon Aquino's appointments secretary throughout her presidency, and was her assistant until her death. Juico was a PCSO board member under the Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo administrations, but quit out of delicadeza when Mrs. Aquino called for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's resignation in 2005.

"Nothing has changed as far as my loyalty to President Aquino is concerned," the PCSO chief told The STAR.

Juico's resignation came ahead of the PCSO's transfer from its office at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City to its new home along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong.

The PICC management, Juico said, had notified the PCSO that it must vacate the premises before the end of June to give way to major renovations. The PICC is being prepared for the country's hosting next year of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit.

Juico brushed aside rumors that she was asked by Malacañang to resign because she lost the evidence on the PCSO plunder case against Arroyo. The case was dismissed recently.

"This is the first time I've heard about such talk. To begin with, when I became chairperson, the PCSO lawyers could not locate the evidence. They were lost already and so they were reconstructing them," she said.

She also brushed aside speculation that her resignation might have something to do with the two-month suspension of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas from the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club for verbal abuse of club employees. The club board is headed by Juico's husband Philip, who served as agrarian reform secretary under Corazon Aquino.

"Let me rest," Juico said. "There is life after PCSO."

Aquino accepts PCSO chief's resignation (philstar.com) | Updated May 9, 2014 - 10:12am 11 148 googleplus2 0


File photo of PCSO chairwoman Margarita Juico. Jonjon Vicencio

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chairwoman Margarita Juico, Malacañang said on Friday.

In a statement shown on television reports, Presidential Communication Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said thr President thanked Juico for her "dedicated service to the government and the Filipino people."

"As an esteemed family friend, President Aquino wishes her well on her decision to end her stint in public service," Coloma said.

He added that the effectivity of Juico's resignation is upon formal written acceptance by the President in accordance with established procedures.

Coloma did not state the reason for Juico's resignation.

According to an earlier report by the STAR, Juico, 65, tendered her resignation on Thursday citing her age and a need to rest.

"I have reached retirement age. I have served over two decades. Pahinga na muna (Rest first)," she told the STAR.

Juico was the appointments secretary of the late President Corazon Aquino throughout her presidency and was her assistant until her death. She was a PCSO board member under the succeeding administrations.

In the STAR report, Juico denied that she was asked by Malacañang to step down because she lost the evidence on the PCSO plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. -Louis Bacani

Palace pressuring SC justice to retire May 8, 2014 10:49 pm by Jomar Canlas Senior Reporter Manila Ttimes

Malacañang is allegedly pressuring a Supreme Court (SC) justice to leave the tribunal two years earlier than his mandatory retirement to allow President Benigno Aquino 3rd to appoint more of his judicial allies to the Court before he leaves office.

According to an unimpeachable source of The Manila Times in the High Court, Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr. is being forced to retire so that Aquino could have six appointees at the SC when he steps down.

Villarama is expected to retire on April 14, 2016 when he reaches 70, the mandatory retirement age.

The source said if Villarama leaves now, the President can appoint his replacement immediately. If Villarama retires in 2016, Aquino cannot name his replacement because of the constitutional ban on appointments two months before a presidential election.

The ban is explicit in Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, Section 15: “Two months immediately before the next presidential elections and up to the end of his term, a President or Acting President shall not make appointments, except temporary appointments to executive positions when continued vacancies therein will prejudice public service or endanger public safety.”

The presidential elections will be on May 9, 2016. The ban takes effect March 9, 2016.

The source said Malacañang probably wants Villarama to step down now for Aquino to escape a similar situation when former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed former Justice Renato Corona as Chief Justice.

Aquino was very vocal against Corona’s appointment.

The President has four appointees in the SC—Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno, Justice Bienvenido Reyes, Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Justice Marvic Leonen.

Aquino is expected to make his fifth appointment when Associate Justice Roberto Abad steps down. Abad is expected to retire on May 22 this year.

If Villarama yields to the Palace pressure and retires early, it will result in the naming by Aquino of his 6th appointee in the High Court.

Villarama served the Pasig Regional Trial Court and the Court of Appeals (CA) for over a decade until he was appointed on November 3, 2009 as the 166th member of the High Court.

Among the Aquino allies vying for the post to be vacated by Abad are Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan and Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza.

The other applicants are CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr.; CA Justices Rosmari Carandang, Jose Reyes Jr., Noel Tijam, Apolinario Bruselas, Stephen Cruz, Ramon Paul Hernando and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela; and Sandiganbayan Justices Rafael Lagos and Cristina Cornejo. Regional Trial Court Judge Reynaldo Daway also applied for the position, as well as Dean Jose Manuel Diokno and COA Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.

Another SC source told The Times one of the Malacañang boys who had been in close contact with Villarama is Ronald Llamas, former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs.

Llamas, according to the source, rents one of Villarama’s apartments.

He had been caught buying pirated DVDs and keeping ammunition in his car when he was an Aquino adviser.
Llamas is a known shooting buddy of the President.


Maliksi: No PCSO post offer By Jess Diaz, Arnell Ozaeta (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 11, 2014 - 12:00am 19 66 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Rumored as possible replacement for resigned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Margie Juico, former Cavite governor Erineo Maliksi (photo) said yesterday he had not been offered the job but would gladly accept it if offered to him by President Aquino.

“It has not been offered to me and I am not asking for it,” he said in a radio interview.

Maliksi belongs to the ruling Liberal Party. He unsuccessfully tried to reclaim his gubernatorial post in the May 2013 elections. The one-year prohibition against the appointment of election losers expires next week.

Juico, a family friend of the Aquinos, has resigned as PCSO chairperson.

She said she received information that Maliksi had announced during his recent birthday celebration that he would soon take her place. However, the Cavite politician denied making such announcement.

She said she was giving up her post so she could have more time with family.

Aside from Maliksi, those reportedly being considered for the PCSO post are former senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Jamby Madrigal, and former An Waray party-list representative Florencio Noel.

Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. of Dasmariñas City said Maliksi has the credentials to run PCSO. He said Maliksi’s track record as three-term mayor of Imus from 1988 to 1998 and three-term governor of Cavite from 2001 to 2010 should make him “more than qualified to be PCSO chairman.”

Barzaga said Maliksi “personally witnessed and effectively attended to the needs of the people, especially the indigents” when he was mayor and governor.

“Hence, since the mandate of the PCSO is to raise funds to provide opportune and responsive health and welfare assistance, former congressman Maliksi is more than capable of assuming the post of PCSO chairman to effectively carry out the mandate of the agency to finance and support health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities,” Barzaga said.

Barzaga, who belongs to the National Unity Party, also belied talk that President Aquino was considering Maliksi as PCSO chairman just to wipe the Revillas from the Cavite political landscape.


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