WHERE is the official Mayor’s seal?
The camp of former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has revealed that the official Mayor’s seal was not missing, as per the complaint filed against them, instead it was used during the oath-taking of now Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella last June 30, 2019.
This is after the Cebu City Government, with the complainant Cebu City Building Maintenance Section head Mejelito Cajes, filed a complaint against Osmeña and 44 others before the Office of the Ombudsman on Monday, July 8.
Listed on the complaint was the discovery that the official mayor’s seal had gone missing.
“On July 2, 2019, during the oath-taking of City Councilor Jerry Guardo, the official seal of the Office of the Mayor was discovered missing and could not be found after an extensive search,” the complaint stated.
In a press conference on July 9, Osmeña’s counsel Amando Virgil Ligutan presented a logbook entry of the mayor’s office showing that the seal was pulled out by Cajes on June 25, five days before the oath-taking ceremony.
Ligutan said it is a veiled allegation that it was the former mayor and other respondent who took the seal, when in fact the same complainant took it as shown in the logbook entry.
“In short, klaro nga naay namakak, namakak si Engr. Mejelito Cajes (clearly someone is lying, Engr. Mejelito Cajes is lying),” said Ligutan.
Ligutan said the complaint is pure malicious imputation against Osmeña and other respondents.
Osmeña’s camp is giving Cajes one day to rectify the deliberate imputation that he made against smeña or else the former mayor’s camp will be constraint to file criminal charges for perjury and qualified theft before the Office of the Ombudsman, according to Ligutan.
“How can the public believe in him if he is caught lying in one part of the complaint... we have to right the wrong that you have committed,” said Ligutan.
Ligutan has also emphasized that what happened in the mayor’s office was not a “demolition”, instead it was a work in progress, adding that there was a proper scraping of the tiles.
He explained when the workers were doing what was tasked to them, they were ordered to stop working at 1:30 a.m. and could continue on the following day.
However, it was also on this same time when the new administration, together with the police, entered the office.
Ligutan said the camp of the former mayor was surprised upon learning that it was Cajes who filed the complaint.
“In front of the media, they (Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and the City Legal Office) were assertive to file a complaint, it turned out they used another person... they were not willing to file the case personally,” said Ligutan.
Ligutan said at the right forum, they will air their side and they are confident they can tell the truth.
In a text message sent to SunStar Cebu from the City Legal officer Rey Gealon, he said “I believe complainant Engr. Cajes is without fear in the face of threat of perjury for he is merely telling the truth based on his personal knowledge and authentic record. This alleged entry in the logbook with regards to the lost official seal was neither authenticated nor duly executed. Well, that is surely a weak defense which the Ombudsman may have difficulty in believing. But hey, can they show us logbook entry for the stolen toilet, lavatory, tiles, wall, wiring and plumbing as well...”
In a TV Patrol Central Visayas report, Cajes clarified that the seal on the podium was different from the seal that was missing. (JJL)