An altered letter sent out by the Yona Mayor’s office last week has been rescinded by the Mayor’s Council of Guam.
Yona Mayor Jesse Blas has been incarcerated since his arrest on Sept. 25 for drug-related extortion charges. So when a solicitation letter from the Yona Mayor’s Office surfaced last week, questions about the authenticity of the letter were raised.
The letter turned out to be an old solicitation letter that was passed off for a new solicitation letter because Yona Mayor Jesse Blas’ pre-trial detention would make him unable to sign new letters.
Administrative Assistant Rose Guerrero confirmed for PNC that a Yona mayor’s office employee was tasked to pull up a template for the solicitation letter. However, because there was miscommunication, the letter was doctored and sent out to about five local businesses before the mistake was caught.
In the letter, dated Oct. 9, 2019, it can be clearly shown that the “9” in 2019 was originally a “7” modified to make it look like a “9.”
In other words, the letter was originally dated October 9, 2017, but was modified to make it look that it was dated October 9, 2019.
MCOG Executive Director Angel Sablan says that upon learning of the letter, he instructed the Yona Mayor’s office to retract it and send out a new letter with the authorizing signature of the administrative assistant.
The letter is soliciting donations from the business community for Halloween treats to be given to village children this coming Halloween.