A barangay tanod (village watchman) has accused Trinidad Mayor Judith Cajes of slapping him during a political rally in Barangay Poblacion on Friday night.
Mateo Mondaga, 55, of Barangay San Isidro, Trinidad told police that Cajes slapped him four times while he was held and restrained by two “large” unidentified men.
He said that there were witnesses who saw Cajes as she slapped him.
According to Mondaga, he will be filing charges against Cajes, who is seeking reelection.
Cajes meanwhile also filed a complaint before the Trinidad Police Station, accusing Mondaga of “deliberately” and “forcefully” bumping her while she was on her way to a restroom during the rally at a basketball court.
“After which he [Mondaga] threatened her [Cajes], saying ‘Mayor BB, you won’t reach the election,” as stated in the police blotter.
Cajes told authorities that her version of the incident can be corroborated by witnesses including Barangay Captain Elmer Gabica.
On the police blotter, Cajes noted that Mondaga should be held responsible if she is harmed in the future.
The conflict, according to Mondaga, stemmed from Cajes’ allegations against him that he had been spreading lies to malign her daughter, Councilor Joan Cajes.
This was denied by Mondaga.
Mondaga said that he fears reprisal but is bent on seeking justice for the incident.
“Naa koy kahadlok pero gusto ko na mahatagan og hustisya ang ilang panagtamastamas sa pagsagpa nako,” he said.
Mondaga admitted that he used to be a supporter of Cajes but switched sides as he decided to support her opponent, Johnny Orioque. (AD)