January 15, 2013
The resolution was signed by 16 representatives. Only 14 votes are needed to pass the House and then the issue will be taken up in the Senate where 6 votes are needed.
The Senate is reportedly preparing for the impeachment trial. According to Governor Fitial's press secretary Angel Demapan, the governor is preparing his defense.
Really though, what defense could there be for a governor breaking the law to take a federal prisoner from lockup to give him a midnight massage? What defense is there for sending a thug squad to help your Attorney General flee from a court summons, while roughing up a female reporter in the process? What defense is there for sweetheart deals, backdoor contracts, and self enrichment? What defense is there for tripping around the world while the Retirement Fund tanks, CHC edges towards bankruptcy and crisis after crisis is left unattended? The governor has no defense, but his excuses should provide entertainment.
If impeachment is a certainty in 2013, and it appears that it is, then attention should focus on what steps must be taken to ensure that lasting reform is instituted in the CNMI .
There are critical issues that affect all the people of the CNMI –the citizens and the de facto citizens (legal, long-time foreign workers). What plan will a new administration push for the future of the CNMI?
Will there be a plan to:
- End nepotism and political hirings; to put only the most qualified and skilled personnel in government positions?
- Eliminate unnecessary government positions?
- Ensure fair elections?
- Separate the Office of the Attorney General from the governor's grip and redefine its mission?
- Clean up DPS and ensure that all of the local law enforcement agencies are protecting the public rather than covering up and participating in illegalities of their political allies?
- End backdoor deals and clean up the procurement process?
- Push for legal, long-term workers to be made whole by granting them a pathway to citizenship?
- Get serious about raising revenue, including looking at taxes?
- Create a state of the art health care system?
- Prioritize education and the well-being of children?
- Clean up and beautify the islands by removing decrepit and abandoned buildings, and sleazy businesses that detract tourists?
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