Jane Cajes caught in the middle of political melee
While the political battle ground between Aumentado and Cajes continued to heat-up in the second district, an innocent victim is caught in the middle.
Sangguniang Kabataan Bohol and National Federation president Jane Censoria D. Cajes has been the recipient of several harassments that started when second district power contenders Bohol governor Erico Aumentado and Trinidad mayor Judith Cajes commence in the contest.
After Jane Cajes answered the allegations raised by acting commissioner for the Visayas Benjie Oliva last week, a modified form of Oliva’s issues that have become more obviously politically orchestrated harassment is being thrown to the young Cajes.
The complaint has cited almost the same issues raised by NYC acting-commissioner for Visayas Benjie Oliva. The only difference is the amount cited P10Million which may have been P20million if only Jane Cajes did not clarify last week on the issue raised by acting commissioner Oliva.
The document that is allegedly filed in the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas has been anonymously peddled among media men in Tagbilaran City.
The odd and suspicious looking two-page document that bears the receipt seal of the Visayas Ombudsman dated April 23, 2010, contained complaint against the young Cajes accordingly filed by “Junior Graftwatch Unit-Cebu.”
The document bear no signatures and without Notarial seal which is unbecoming of a legal and verified complaint.
SKNF consultant Manuel Ferdinand de Erio said that the office is yet to confirm with the Office of the Ombudsman regarding the veracity of the document being circulated by an anonymous individual since the alleged complaint letter is technically faulty.
The letter did not have any attachments or annexes to establish its proof on the allegations cited therein. “The letter may be made from fertile imagination and infamous intention of its author,” de Erio said.
“The construction of the sentences, the style of the presentation and the grammatical errors in the letter appeared to be familiar. However, further investigation will be made to unmask the author,” de Erio added.
In the research made by the office of SK president on the identity of the complainant, it was discovered “Junior Graftwatch Unit-Cebu” has been non-existent in Cebu. Hence, this finding only strengthened the assumption that this complaint letter is purely a tool of harassment against the SK president.
The young Cajes clarified that a Financial Statement Report was rendered and presented during the Sangguniang Kabataan National Executive Board (SK-NEB) meeting last March 26-27, 2010 at Bayview Hotel, Manila.
In the spirit of transparency, the young Cajes also admitted to be a fourth-owner of a Nissan Patrol which she paid monthly thru her salary—not a brand new unit as mistakenly reported few months ago.
“I do not own an Isuzu Alterra,” Cajes said answering to the accusation embodied in the complaint.
She also told the press that there is no truth to the accusation that she spent lavishly at the Vicky Belo medical clinic, “I go there for facial, to treat pimple breakouts due to oily skin and stress from work and school. It costs P1,000+, just like other medical clinics and spas in the country.”
“First and foremost, I am earning. I receive a justifiable monthly salary, which I spend for my studies and my own personal expenses.” Cajes added.
“If its transparency they want, then they should know that I have received expensive gifts from my suitors and from my ex-boyfriend who is a businessman and a son of an Ilocos Sur politician. And I do not think there is anything wrong in that aspect because I am single and my suitors never had any business transaction and interest directly or indirectly with SK.” She added as a matter of fact.
The registration fee
The alleged complaint letter accused Cajes for over-pricing on registration fees in the 2008 and 2009 national congresses of the SK.
“There was never an overpricing of registration fees, the fact is, we have been coordinating and have been duly endorsed by the DILG. People should know that our registration fee is the cheapest and justifiable compared to other leagues, considering the content and venue of our activities” said the young Cajes.
The documents from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) showed that the two national gatherings are duly endorsed by the DILG pursuant to the 2001 Katipunan ng Kabataan and Sangguniang Kabataan Constitution and By-laws under Article XII Meetings and Quorum, Section 7 (paragraph 1) “An SK National Congress shall be called every year for the purpose of a comprehensive Consultation of the SK issues and concerns. For this purpose the Congress shall be composed of all elected SK Officials from the Barangay to the National level.”
The 2008 congress held in Waterfront Cebu was validated thru DILG Memorandum Circular NO.2008-136 issued September 5, 2008, while the 2009 congress in Subic Bay was likewise validated and endorsed thru DILG Memorandum Circular NO.2009-107 issued last August 6, 2009.
Both DILG memorandum Circulars were issued by the agency secretary Rolando Puno and both were address to provincial governors, city/municipal mayors, punong barangays, SK federation presidents at all levels, SK chairpersons and members, DILG regional directors and field officers.
“Jane Cajes being a public servant and a public figure hides no skeleton in her closet. Her life is practically an open book, for which reason, she can easily be a target of malicious issues formulated by people who are desperately seeking for attention,” de Erio said.
Amidst all these issues, Jane Cajes maintained that the public must be vigilant as to who are telling the truth and who are lying. Perhaps, when the conflagration brought about by election dies down, the public will know which issue are indeed true and valid.