(Cavite) Maliksi proclaimed as Imus City mayor

May 14, 2013 10:11 pm 

IMUS CITY, Cavite, May 14 -– Incumbent Imus City Mayor Emmanuel “Manny” Maliksi (LP) felt vindicated as he won the Imus City mayoralty post for two straight terms after turbulent political weather dared his ouster and marred his first term tail-ender just last month.

The re-elected Mayor Maliksi remarked his victory would now put the controversial past to rest for those who doubted the real mayor of Imus then.

Maliksi amassed 52,137 votes while his political rival Homer Saquilayan (NP) got 49, 562 votes.

Imus local Comelec Officer Lalaine Diwa proclaimed Maliksi and Imus lone district congressional winner Alex Advincula (LP) with 63,123 votes by a wide margin against his rivals Albert Villaseca (Lakas-CMD) and Eleazar Salon (Independent).

Maliksi’s running mate for vice mayor Armando Ilano (LP) with 59,226 votes also won the race.

The Maliksi-Saquilayan mayoral race controversy in Imus, Cavite stemmed from the 2010 elections when the town’s election board of canvassers declared Saquilayan as the winner.

Mayor Maliksi however filed an election protest with the Imus Regional Trial Court which nullified Saquilayan’s mayoral victory.

The Imus RTC then restored Maliksi to the post as the duly-elected Imus mayor in November 2011.

Another political whirlwind hit the Imus electoral landscape when the Comelec’s First Division reversed the court order and ruled Saquilayan as the true winner.

Mayor Maliksi then petitioned the Supreme Court through Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for a temporary restraining order (TRO).

The political stand-off beset the Imus City hall after the Supreme Court ruled in March in favor of Saquilayan and rejected the TRO.

Maliksi stood his ground and refused to vacate the City Hall while he appealed for a motion for reconsideration to the high court.

He eventually won in his appeal and was restored as Imus City mayor. (PNA)

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