Bohol student leaders supports Aumentado’s congressional bid
The Bohol Alliance of Student Councils (BASC), composed of 20 student governments from the different colleges and universities in Bohol expressed their all-out support to the Congressional candidacy of Governor Erico B. Aumentado in the 2nd District though a manifesto of support signed by the 20 supreme student government presidents.
The student leaders’ expression of support is grounded on three must-have characters of a leader, to wit; Competence, Performance and Credibility.
On Competence, according to BASC, it can be recalled that Governor Aumentado graduated valedictorian in elementary and high school and Cum Laude in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree. He is a known scholar, journalist and is even awarded as The Outstanding Lawyer in 1974, before entering politics. As a public servant, his competence and brilliance brought honor to Bohol after having been elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the League of Governors of the Philippines and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines. The group believes that Congress is not the venue for people who only worry on what clothes to dress or make-up to wear. It is charged with crafting legislation to uplift the lives of every Filipino. Thus, we need someone who can trumpet our voice in Congress clearly, wisely and courageously - and it’s Governor Aumentado, the group said.
On Performance, the lines “Basta Aumentado, Basakan Irigado”, “Basta Aumentado, Kalsada Sementado” remain not just a political tagline but a vision made into reality through hardwork, perseverance and commitment. BASC firmly believed that Bohol needs a leader who walks what he talks, whose actions lifted the province from among the 20 poorest provinces, and whose performance made the Province one of the top eco-cultural tourism destination in the country.
Lastly, on Credibility, BASC said that in order for a leader to maintain trust and confidence of his constituents, he must be morally upright at all times and transparent in all dealings of public affairs. Afterall, public office is a public trust.
Despite all the criticisms and black propaganda, Governor Aumentado remains to be our Mr. Clean. For these and all other reasons, BASC gave their all out support to Atty. Erico B. Aumentado for Congressman in the Second District.
Oliva ‘exposes’ SK
Close to P20-million in fund releases for the Sangguniang Kabataan national federation remained unaccounted until today.
This was revealed by National Youth Commissioner Benjie Oliva in a press conference held Friday noon at JJ’s Seafoods Village, this city.
Oliva said SK members have confided to him their disappointment since the requested funds accounting had been allegedly ignored by SK National and Provincial Federation President Censoria Jane Cajes.
Cajes, the current NSKF President also sits as commissioner of the youth commission (NYC) and is the daughter of second district congressman Roberto Cajes and Trinidad Mayor Judith Del Rosario-Cajes.
Oliva continued saying the Cajeses poorly served the constituency of the youth despite the Cajes siblings holding the top post of the SK starting from Frances Bobbith Cajes-Auza who sat as SK Provincial Federation President of Bohol in 2002 and the two incumbent sisters, Joan Robie Cajes, SK Municipal Federation President of Trinidad and Jane Censoria Cajes, SK Provincial Federation President who occupied their respective posts in 2007.
“It can be remembered also that the two sisters run in different barangays in Trinidad in the 2007 SK elections, Joan Robie at Soom, Trinidad and Jane Censoria at Guinobatan, Trinidad”, Oliva added.
SK National Federation President Jane Censoria Cajes, had allegedly denied the members of her SK National Executive Board and congress participants requested information as to the financial statements of the two national congresses in 2008 and 2009.
The 2008 congress was held at Waterfront Hotel, Lahug Cebu City last October 28-30, 2008 and the 2009 congress at Subic Convention Center on October 27-29 organized both by Jane Cajes whose registration fees (P8,000 for Cebu and 9,000 for Subic) made history in the entire SK organization since it was created in 1991 by virtue of the Local Government Code of 1991.
The Department of Budget of Management allows only a maximum of P1,200 per day for congresses, conferences and trainings. Aside from the huge registration fees, SK members has been asking Jane Censoria’s office as to the P20 million fund given by Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, where it was spent and to whom it was given.
The statements of Oliva had been the same accusations found in earlier press releases revealing the alleged “unaccounted” SK funds under the helm of its national president.
Manuel Ferdinand De Erio, a close aide of Jane Cajes, told the STANDARD that the SK national president will issue a statement soon answering Oliva’s allegations. (SEE STORY on separate page)