IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACHFrom the Marianas Variety story, Human smuggling defendant is governor's masseuse:
RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN !!!!
Congratulations Saipan…you made it big time in the news…"Where's all that Island Pride" and chest beating now? I think out of sheer self-respect…one of you so called locals…could muster up enough moral courage to call for Fitial's impeachment…or is it gonna take those big bad FEDS to come in and do your jobs for you?
Governor Fitial: "the feds just don't like me"
Because of your criminal acts and brash attitude.
- Complain about enforcement acting on a drug tip and searching passengers!
- Complain about enforcement investigating your driver and catching him selling drugs out of your car near our schools to our kids!
- Complain about enforcement investigating your LT and indicting him and removing him from office!
- Complain about Federal takeover of immigration because you will not have the "local controls" you need to keep your personal profit machine going!
- Remove a federal detainee from her cell in the middle of the night to meet privately at your house with her!!!!
YES! THEY DON'T LIKE YOU! WE DON'T EITHER!
First, this is what happens when you have an elected Dictator. There are no checks and balances when the livelihoods of family are at stake.
Second, CHC obviously wasn't an option. the Gov. appoints the leaders and he still declares it under emergency, yet makes no changes.
Third, The closed door "cover your tracks" session has to rate as one of the busiest government actions in CNMI history! If a handful of people could shovel that much in an hour, think what a whole department could do to fix our roads during a 4yr. administration!
Reminds me why the feds did not tell the governor that his driver was under investigation and he was furious or when he got mad with the DEA and ended joint projects . It is no wonder why the feds pay no attention to him and took over the islands. I think that it goes without saying, these actions rise to an impeachable offense. Does this clown think he is above the law and can walk into jail and remove anyone he wants from custody. Enough is enough. Some of you spineless jellyfish in the Judicial and lawmakers need to make a stand and do something. You are the perceived to be nothing more than a bunch of toadies for the governor and he can do whatever he wants.
I guess since the Governor sets the tone, whenever we need extra workers, massages, painters, we just put in a request with the DOC? I hope they prosecute this nefarious governor to the max extent possible. He is a disgrace to the position.
Where the heck is YuYu Spa, and who owns it? I get massages all the time and I've never heard of it. They're not even listed in the phonebook. And what about that boat? Who owns the boat?
The way the governor RAN to his office with Eloy in tow makes me really wonder just how much his back is hurting and in pain.
Heck, he was dancing up a storm on the 11th and hopping between hotel gala balls, fancy $10,000 dollar dinners and home gatherings and celebrations with off-island dignitaries and financial backers.
Either that masseuse is related to JC and performed a miracle or that was a front story created as smoke and mirrors to cover the real reason for the SECRET MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT MEETING.
But back to the real issue—why did the Governor do this? How do we rein in this kind of blatant and offensive conduct? Because it's simply wrong to use your power to get someone out of jail for your own personal agenda (whether that's a legit massage or the other kind of "massage").The Saipan Writer has a post, 3 days down; 362 days to go in which she calls the Saipan Tribune story, Fitial in Pain "predominantly spin". Here are some statements from the post that ring true to me:
And why did we re-elect him when we already had 4 years of his abuse of power? his disrespect for the law? his skewed priorities? Why did we do that?
This is as absurd as it is embarrassing. I bet this is not the first time this has happened. I bet it has happened so often that the governor didn't think that he would get caught or called out on this time either. The man must think he is totally untouchable.
I hope the feds demand a written report for every other sketchy instance where detainees have been released from DOC for sketchy purposes.
And while they're at it, I hope there is also a report of all the crooks that were released without charges, all the charges that were never prosecuted, and all the corrupt officers that were allowed to come back to work even after they were busted for breaking the law.
This is a complete abuse of authority and a mockery to the federal authorities. I guess this is the "we need the understanding and support of the federal government." that he mentioned in his inaugural speech. San Nicolas-Aldan should be charged with tampering with a federal case and as for the governor? Wake up CNMI! IMPEACH FITIAL! This is a disgrace to every CNMI descendant even though they had no part in it. He was voted in, WE CAN SURELY VOTE HIM OUT!
Both [Fitial an Aldan] should face consequences for their actions. Those consequences should include both employment discipline /loss of their jobs and criminal contempt/other charges.The Saipan Tribune also covered some reactions to Fitial's decision to release his masseuse from jail to give him a back massage.
Also, the veracity of their statements should be thoroughly tested. I hope the Feds get the communications records to confirm whether San Nicolas made such phone call/attempts to the AG and the US Marshall. Can records show this?
U.S. Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan said that he “feels bad that the governor got sick but expressed hope the incident is an 'isolated' one."
Former Rep. Tina Sablan had a different take. The article quoted her as saying:
“No matter how we look at it, Fitial has just committed a major and outrageous abuse of power, and he must answer not only to the federal government but to all the people of the CNMI for his actions.”I agree with Tina.
“That he would simply order the unauthorized release of a detainee using his position and authority as governor is bad enough, but this happened to be a federal detainee who was just recently indicted on human trafficking charges, who was being held without bail because she was determined to be a flight risk. Moreover, the reasons that he has given us for this unauthorized release are just ludicrous,” she told Saipan Tribune.
The former lawmaker said Fitial's actions “were absolutely wrong no matter how he tries to justify or explain them, and he is absolutely responsible for the choices he has made. There are no good excuses, and no easy scapegoats. The buck stops with him.”
Tina Sablan, who successfully sued Fitial for the non-release of financial documents related to the CNMI government's lawsuit against federalization, said there are many ways that people can express their outrage and call for Fitial to be held accountable for his actions. She said the comments on blogs have been a good start.Fitial issued a statement admitting that he had requested that the prisoner be released, but blamed it on his back pain. The reaction of Fitial reminds me of the reaction of other former officials who also refused to admit any wrong doing and failed to take responsibility for their actions. Look where they are now.
“People can also cooperate with federal investigators and submit any information they have that would shed greater light on Fitial’s actions, or on the human trafficking cases that have surfaced. In addition, they may write letters to the editor and to the Legislature, and call upon the Legislature to open an investigation and determine whether or not Fitial’s actions rise to the level of impeachment and removal,” she said.
Sablan, who authored the popular initiative that re-applied the Open Government Act to the Legislature last year, said people can also “directly call on Fitial to resign from office, or effectuate a recall petition and force his removal.”
“Under our Constitution, a recall petition can be filed after Fitial has served at least six months in his term, and would require the signatures of at least 40 percent of qualified voters in the CNMI. Between now and six months from now, people can be gathering signatures for the petition,” she said.
Sablan, who served only one term in office as House member before losing in a senatorial race, said in her view, “Fitial’s actions would more than justify his impeachment, recall, or resignation.”
“How seriously the people of the CNMI take this latest abuse of power, and how brave and willing we are to actually take a stand against it remain to be seen. I am more than willing to talk to anyone who shares my concerns and who would like to take further action. I can be reached at 285-3935 or firstname.lastname@example.org,” she added.