Kaipat Quits

March 27, 2011

Cinta Kaipat, the controversial Deputy Secretary of the CNMI Department of Labor, resigned in late February according to the Saipan Tribune.

Kaipat was a staunch defender of the Fitial Administration and an anti-federalization Covenant Party member.  She served as DOL's department head, propagandist, and voice, while the silent and seldom seen figurehead, Labor Secretary, Gil M. San Nicolas, existed behind her shadow.  Kaipat also served as a puppet for labor "volunteer" Deanne Siemer who pulled the strings at the department for years.

Aside from defending the Fitial Administration and DOL at all costs, Kaipat will be remembered as the untiring supporter of controversial labor laws, PL 15-108 and PL 17-1. While Kaipat claimed to have written the labor laws, most believe that Siemer actually was the chief author.

Kaipat was also known for refusing to cooperate with the federal government. From arguing about labor cases and data collection with the federal officials to refusing to share data and statistics, Kaipat made it clear that she viewed federal officials as enemies. Her goal over the last two years was to desperately hang on to local control of labor law despite the application of federal law to the CNMI. She argued that DOL retained control over such immigration permits including "umbrella" permits even though federal officials stated otherwise. She was a constant critic of federal officials including Pamela Brown, Jim Benedetto, David Cohen, and Tony Babauta. She also attacked human rights advocates.

Although the federal labor ombudsman and worker advocates collected DOL Administrative Orders proving that CNMI employers owed cheated foreign workers over $6.1 million, Kaipat denied and dismissed the persistent and ongoing theft of wages. In fact, the DOL did little to help the cheated workers collect their back wages and other money owed to them. Today the criminal employers remain unprosecuted, while the majority of the victim nonresident workers still wait for the money robbed from them.

As deputy secretary of DOL, Kaipat will not be missed by most foreign workers or their advocates.


Anonymous said...

Adios Kaipat! You won't be missed.

Anonymous said...

It is rumored that she is in the Phil. If so, maybe she has medical problems. If she does, I wonder why her "uncle Ben" did not send her to UCLA.
Could this, along with it's movement of offices, also be seen as more downsizing to this inept agency, DOL, so that they only handle "local" labor, as intended?
Adios Muchacha

Anonymous said...

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Anonymous said...

Now, this is a good news!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Cinta, you should be ashamed of yourself if you plan to go to the Philippines for treatment.

It's like you puked then in the end you are eating your puke... what a shame...

Wendy said...

Anonymous 1:03

I am assuming you are saying how ironic that someone who was so racist, heartless and mean spirited to Filipinos goes to the Philippines to seek their help? May she will have a eye-opening experience. Filipinos are probably the most kind-hearted and loving care givers in the world.

If Cinta is actually sick, wish a fast recovery and be happy she can no longer hurt anyone as she has left DOL.

Anonymous said...

15 years ago, my wife is having a kidney transplant, in the US $75K can have her a transplant, in PI I brought $15k of my savings + maintenance and she's still with me after 15 years. Those who are racist but can't afford to save their lives financially someday, please stop being so racist... you will never know. Where are you going with your money? pride or life?

Wendy said...

Anonymous who wrote:


You tend to screen cruel and insulting posts unless it's against someone you disagree with. Cinta may very well be in the PI for health problems, don't stoop to new lows."

First off these comments are not that "insulting" and are not "cruel". They may even be deemed mild considering the past racist and dishonorable statements and hurtful actions that were purposely committed by this woman when she was in her position of power. I already deleted the 6 or 7 over-the-top comments that were actually vulgar, and too cruel. (In fact, while deleting I accidentally deleted your comment. Sorry.)

I was extremely mild in my post, which was written before any announcement of an illness. Actually, I was told she was leaving to pursue a career as a musician with her brother and heard that she went to the Philippines to a recording studio.

Let's be clear. Cinta Kaipat used her office to push her uncle-governor's agenda and harmed many people while doing that. It is natural that the many victims that were denied justice and all those that have been affected by her cruel statements, dishonest reports and harmful actions are going to celebrate her leaving.

Anonymous said...

In regards to Medical treatment in the Phil. There is a fairly new Hospital In Angeles City,(A about 1.5 yr) called Sacred Heart.(non denomination)
It was built with Chinese money and has all of the most updated equipment. It is the only Hospital outside of Manila (Northern Luzon)that has a Radiation treatment machine to treat Cancer.(it has it's own Cancer Institute)
This machine is from Germany and computer controlled. State of art. This is now the Cancer Center for the Northern Luzon.
The treatments can be accurately controlled to kill the Tumor and little of the surrounding area.
Cost per treatment run Ps 2500 and Ps 3500 depending on the localization. Average treatment range 35 sessions.(Senior Citizen Discount applies 20% for anyone that has permanent resident and can get the Govt Senior card.
This is much cheaper than Manila.

Chemo therapy can run from Ps 10,000 to Ps 42,000 depending on what treatment every month (6 months) for what Cancer. (Exchange rate is about 43.5 peso to dollar)

The staff and Doctors are very good and all specialists in their respective fields.

I have been getting treated there for many months now.
When I got diagnosed with Cancer in my throat which included the base of my tongue and left tonsils, I was diagnosed at stage IV-a.
I had to get a Tracheotomy to help me breath.
I was given 8-12 months to live.
That was last Nov.
The Tumor is now gone and I am starting Chemo for three monthly treatments .
This Hospital will take VA and most insurance.Including Staywell and Pacific Care.
I had to pay my own while I dealt with the VA.
The Va have now preliminary approved medical insurance for me, but I cannot wait for them.
Hopefully I will get some of my money back later.
I had quit smoking and drinking maybe 15 years earlier, but this Cancer developed from my earlier practices.

So many of you that are condemning bringing Phil. doctors here, you better think before you talk.
If something like this happens to you where are you going to go? Guam and CNMI cannot treat this and there is no money for referral. Medicaid will not work in the Phil. The NMI Govt has to pay, and this Hospital won't take credit.

The many that are condemning the Phil. (and other) nationalities, had better think also, as maybe Cinta is now.
I am fortunate as I have been going back and forth for years to the Phil. and have a permanent resident certificate and a house etc. in the Phil.
Many of the haters had better think as many of you would have an attitude adjustment if you were dying and only that "outsider" was the only one that held your live in their hands and a second chance on life.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with Filipino doctors or any other nationality in general. I personally would like to be treated by a doctor who has passed U.S. licensing exams and completed a residency training in a U.S. hospital.

Any nationality can obtain U.S. licensing. The United States has a licensing exam, the USMLE that has 3 parts and a residency training requirement before a physican can be licensed in the United States. Medical graduates from almost all countries are qualified to take the exam, and if they score high enough they can obtain a U.S. residency training.

If we are going to recruit doctors from abroad, we should make sure they have met U.S. minimum requirements for licensure and make sure they are paid a fair salary and are not being exploited.

Anonymous said...

Phillipines provides amazing care. Many of my families now prefer to go to Philippines rather than Hawaii or California because of quality cares. But in PI hospital, you pay to play upfront or you out on the street.

Anonymous said...

There are some good Doctors in the Philippines, namely St. Luke's. They are also shrewd business people. Unethical and immoral decisions by Doctors there run rampant. Their goal is to get as much money out of a patient as possible, it's a business. There is no recourse for malpractice by MDs in the PI. 'Medical tourists' and wealthy Filipino-Chinese are their main bread and butter. Upfront payment is almost always mandatory, even if you are 'covered' by StayHell.

If you run out of money or have a problem with paying these 'Doctors' you may very well die on the street corner next to DeliFrance. St. Luke's will post guards at your door until you either pay or are dead. Your 'Doctor' will not help.

Anonymous said...

Noni 1:33, You are correct, if no money you will die in the emergency room.
BUT after so many treatments and other dealings and with the doctor's recommendation, this Hospital let me run credit, month to month as my VA disability and my SS income did not coincide with my treatments.
I also had to pay almost $15 cash a day for fuel plus food and maintenance for my car because of the distance and daily drive to the hospital (158 km) along with my food and power and other costs for my residence.
These Cancer and related bills drained my resources.
My last Radiation treatments ended 18 days before my monthly Govt. payments and although the Hospital wanted reassurance about the payment, they allowed me to pay at my scheduled time.
My initial ENT Doctor donated her time for the operation (as my money was short)She made arrangements at another Hospital and I only paid for the operating room, food, and about $4 a day (for Hospital bed) My wife purchased other materials from outside to when I got the Tracheotomy.
It would have cost more than $1300, instead it cost me less than $200. (my wife stayed with me at the Hospital and went to purchased what was needed)

Till today my ENT Doctor does not charge me for visits or supportive treatments.

For my Chemo, this Angeles Hospital is allowing me the same payment schedule, as the treatments are every three weeks and as it will not fall on my paydays.
Maybe it is because I am not from the Phil.and I have a set income. (although small)There is still compassion, politeness and respect and understanding along with professionalism shown by all.
From the Doctors and Nurse, all the way to the Accounting personnel.

Anonymous said...

Noni 12:59
You are correct in your last paragraph.
Although I have only dealt with specialists, the ones that I have dealt with are highly trained, they work at many Hospitals and regularly go to the US mainland for further training in their field.
I ran into a very bad doctor in the province when I brought one of my temp farm worker for an injury.

Noni 5:53, Years ago I used to go to St. Lukes as I regularly went to the Phil. for the Equipment auctions at Subic. at that time I had Pacific Care.
I used to schedule any check ups and treatments at St Lukes, as my insurance would cover. (but not the trip)
I remember I had to pay a 500 peso (less $10) doctors fee in the front.
The Hospital fees,lab tests, CT scan etc. my Insurance paid.
There used to be a Liaison from the different insurance companies with offices in the Hospital to handle things.
I have seen at many hospitals, what you say about in reference about not being able to pay your Hospital bills.
When I was confined in one Hospital, there was one man that owed less than 3000 Peso. (less than $60)
He had borrowed money to get a minor needed operation so he could go back to work (construction labor)
He was kept over in the Hospital because of complications. His family could not borrow anymore money, so the bills kept mounting up daily.
I felt sorry for this young man with cute 5 yr old daughter, I gave the wife the money to "bail" him out.
Another patient had had a stroke and had been in the Hospital for more than three months.
The family came in shifts daily to provide food and stay and attend to him.
His bill was $150k peso.(about $4k (US)and kept mounting daily.
This guy could not walk.
I ask the wife what they were going to do.
She said unless they could get help from her elected politicians, and a local charity, her husband would live the rest of his life in the Hospital as she and her family were poor and could not borrow money as now her husband could not work again and she was working doing laundry and cleaning houses etc. to feed her family along with her sons in the fields.

BTW, the guy I gave the 3k peso to to get him out of the Hospital, showed up at my residence many months later (I was back in the NMI)He paid less than 1500 Peso, he has shown up again, months later and paid another 1000Peso. He told my people he will pay the rest when he can, after harvest.
I had wrote that money off so this was truly a surprise.

Anonymous said...

"So many of you that are condemning bringing Phil. doctors here, you better think before you talk."

I actually condenm bringing Phil. doctors to the CNMI unless they are U.S. licensed and will not be exploited. The mindset that we can take advantage of 3rd world labor is anti-American and really needs to stop. DPH Sec. Villagomez told reporters recently that "the U.S. doctors have priced themselves out of the market". The U.S. licensed doctors (white, mid-east, asian) are merely demanding fair wages.

Is it really that we can't find a radiologist, or that we don't want to pay a radiologist comparable U.S. wages?

I get great dental care done in the Philippines at high tech clinics for 1/4 of U.S. prices. I guess we should bring in Dentists from the Philippines as well. The pharmacies in the Philippines are much cheaper than here on Saipan, lets bring in Pharmacists from the Philippines as well. Teachers are much cheaper, we can save millions on salaries by bringing in Teachers as well. When is it going to stop and when will people realize that it is one thing to bring in workers when they are unavailable for fair wages vs. unavailable because we don't want to pay fair market wages.

Anonymous said...

This is little different, Captain, than the OAG lawyers working for the people of the CNMI at below-market salaries whom you frequently denigrate in the Marianas Variety blog and elsewhere as "clowns" or "puppets" of whomever the elected leadership happens to be. In most cases you are completely off-base, but you don't know what they are doing outside of the public eye, which they cannot discuss for ethical reasons.

No more than health professionals or guest workers, attorneys and teachers are worth their pay. And if they get too much public abuse from the likes of you, they are likely to move on to a place where their contributions are more highly valued.

For guest workers this could be Australia, N.Z., Canada, or even the Republic of the Philippines. I am hopeful, Captain, that your experiences in RP might give you some wisdom to refrain from jumping to conclusions, publicly disparaging independent-minded people as "puppets", and otherwise through unkindness driving away what decent people still remain in the CNMI.

Anonymous said...

Noni 9:46, I agree, when you are putting peoples live in the hands of an employee, what are they worth?
How much is too much for salary?
Why would anybody want to come to Saipan for less than half of a wage they can get elsewhere?
Same goes for Guam. Many in the Govt. make the excuse, professionals will come for the climate. NOT.
Also there is not the medical equipment.

It seems these "connected" and elected don't care about quality in the Medical Facilities as they go off Island to places like UCLA, Straub Clinic, Hawaii etc. on the peoples dime.

Years ago there used to be Phil. teachers in our schools.
Don Farrel (Tinian) was instrumental in getting rid of them after he got elected to the BOE. Don's wife and many of the "local women" complained that they were taking teaching jobs away from the "local" teachers. Where are the "local" teachers?
Every year there is a big problem trying to recruit and keep teachers from the mainland.
Many of the Mainland teachers just complete their contract and go on because of the local politics and uneducated Principals and BOE members and the pay.
How many of the "locals" teachers will come back and stay for the wages here? Most go to the US or other foreign places to work for higher pay and better working conditions.

The wage situation may change itself next year anyway.
BTW, if a foreign doctor has a US Cert. (as all of the specialists in the George Dewey Medical Center, at Subic hold.(old US Naval Hospital)have, why should they come to Saipan or Guam for less money than they are making Phil? Best they go on to the Mainland, Canada, New Zealand, or even places like Saudi Arabia etc.for much more money than even the US pays.

Captain said...

Noni, 2:41, You have the wrong Noni. My medical problems and operation was Orthopedic in nature, Thank God.
Those comments could be from one of my family members that is presently still there in the Phil. or anyone of three others known from the NMI that are presently undergoing the same type of treatments.

In regards to your comment regarding my comments about the OAG.
I stand by my opinion of the current AG.
He is a complete joke and a "puppet for the Puppet master and should be investigated, but by whom as the rest of the agencies heads are hand picked and control by this corrupt Gov.and his Mafia
As for the others AAG's, the problems I have with some of them are the plea bargains that at so many times are plead away to nothing, especially in regards to the repeat offenders and violent criminals.
This is frustrating along with the slap on the wrist by these Judges that has these people on the street again to continue with their criminal activities.(I am also aware of the frustrations within the OAG by many that are not allowed to do their jobs without interference)
Granted, there are many in the AG office that are trying to do a good job. I have met a couple of them. And I give them credit as many time they have their hands tied and are told what and how to do or handle these cases.
So many of the best have left that office.
I usually do not 'attack' the AAG's unless it is something that seriously looks incompetent like the rape case that was dismissed against the four defendants.(with a cooperating witness)the cops seemed to have tainted the evidence in that one also.
But it all comes back and reflects on the AG himself. (and the Gov)
I agree with some of your comments, they also do not just apply to the OAG personnel, many other good people including a ,lot of the local families have and continue to leave the NMI.
I and other have moved our operations to Guam and only keep minimum presence now in NMI.

It seems like you are from the OAG, if so do not take things personal unless it fits, many of us do understand some of the pressure and control you folks are working under that go against you own personal convictions.
In the past many of the AAG's went to Guam and are very happy there and allowed to do their job without the interference and unhealthy atmosphere as here in the NMI. Good luck to you.

Anonymous said...

That OAG analogy in salaries is completely different. The CNMI government currently attempts to bring in unlicensed doctors from the Philippines. A similar analogy would be if the CNMI attempted to bring in lawyers from the Philippines that did not pass a U.S. licensing exam for 1/2 the current salary. Many lawyers in Manila are excellent in Court and charge considerably less.

If CNMI lawyers were demanding $240K+, like some specialized U.S. doctors, I would count on the CNMI legislature looking for a way to bring in 3rd world lawyers to save money.

Anonymous said...

Years ago there used to be Phil. teachers in our schools.

Don Farrell (Tinian) was instrumental in getting rid of them after he got elected to the BOE. Don's wife and many of the "local women" complained that they were taking teaching jobs away from the "local" teachers. Where are the "local" teachers?

After PSS declined to renew the Filipina teachers, there was a class action in federal court. It was defended in part by Rex Kosack, who made a good deal of money (and who previously brought in the garment factories as Teno's Trade Counsel).

The case ended around 1990.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 12:06

I do not know what lawsuit you are referring to.
I know of one class action suit that was brought by the USDOJ against PSS. I was involved in bringing some of the extreme discrimination against the Filipino teachers to the USDOJ's attention. There was discrimination in housing, pay, and treatment. Filipina's were made to have pregnancy tests before they were hired! I reported a case where Filipina teachers - families and single women and men - were all put in a tiny house together on Rota. The house had no screens, no air conditioner or appliances, a dirt floor in some rooms and little furniture. One woman was covered with mosquito bites. The teachers hired from the states were given separate housing with air conditioning, appliances and furniture. I know that they were victorious in their lawsuit and won millions of dollars. I always thought that their victory was the reason that the CNMI stopped hiring Filipino teachers. What a loss.

My children attended school on Rota and I taught there. Some of their favorite and "best" teachers were the Filipino teachers. Late in the evening they were working in their classrooms after other teachers had left. They devoted hours to lesson plans, designing their bulletin boards and cleaning rooms. They were always professionally dressed. Most impressively, they had a love for their students and profession that could not be equalled. I learned a great deal from them and will value them as coworkers and friends always.

Anonymous said...

that's the real truth Wendy, I'm glad you still recalled!

Anonymous said...

Many in the CNMI feel that teaching is a "power" position and do not want teachers from the Philippines teaching their students.

A law was created in 1989 that only allowed graduates of U.S. accredited schools to teach. There was an exception made to 28 teachers because the CNMI could recruit enough replacements.

PSS spends an exorbitant amount on recruiting and relocation expenses for off-island hires. Does anyone ever wonder why PSS recruits, however DPH/CHC does nothing. It is because nursing is a service position, that the locals don't mind Filipinos working at CHC?

When any private business or the CNMI government says they can't find workers, we need to look at PSS as a prime example of how recruiting actually works.

Anonymous said...


Thank you for clarifying that the lawsuit in district court was brought by the federal government rather than a private class action, and that the PSS decision not to renew the Filipina teachers was a consequence rather than the cause of that litigation.

Too bad none of the key case documents are available on the website of the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. They are probably in an archive somewhere.

Recalling this case does reinforce the unsuitability of legal action for addressing some intractable political and social issues.

We should also remain mindful of likely unintended consequences of public policy decisions. Federalization certainly comes to mind.

The unfortunate departure of so many CNMI-situated guest workers due to the local economic decline was so predictable.

Anonymous said...

Right! If PSS decided not to renew teachers because of their national origin, or because they had the temerity to exercise their right to sue, then PSS broke the law. Saying the decision not to renew was a consequence of the lawsuit is like saying the KKK was a consequence of the Emancipation Proclamation. Anon 7:08's arguments against legal action to address "intractable political and social issues" is the same BS that was trotted out by racists who opposed repeal of the laws against mixed-race marriages, segregation, equal rights for women, and every other civil rights milestone of the past 100 years. Anon 7:08 is probably someone who had some vested interest in cheap foreign labor.