MCOG rescinds altered solicitation letter

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The 10 appointees of Mayor Jesse Blas to the Yona Municipal have all accepted their appointments and have signed their letters of appointment.

An altered letter sent out by the Yona Mayor’s office last week has been rescinded by the Mayor’s Council of Guam.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.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.