January 2, 2013
DPS Acting Commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro thinks that allowing Sgt. Vicente Tagabuel to remain on the police force even though he is awaiting trial for breaking the law is just fine.
When asked about Sgt. Tagabuel's arrests, the acting commissioner, who also has a criminal record, stated:
“People make mistakes and are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”Threatening a person with a machete is a mistake? Having two outstanding bench warrants is a mistake? Hiring individuals with criminal records to a police force is a mistake? Allowing police officers who are arrested to remain on a police force is a mistake? Assaulting a reporter at an international airport is a mistake? Aiding and abetting the escape of an individual to avoid a court summons is a mistake?
It is very clear that those in charge of DPS are incapable of making just judgement calls or of heading a police force. Someone should survey just how many members of DPS have criminal records. I bet it tops any other police force on U.S. soil.
It is laughable that newly appointed CNMI Attorney General San Nicholas claims that Governor Fitial is not liable for signing the seriously flawed $190M power plant agreement that he and former AG Buckingham signed with Saipan Development, LLC.
Why isn't he liable? According to San Nicolas, because former AG Edward Buckingham told the governor to sign it. This is a joke, right?
AG San Nicolas is saying that the governor is not capable of knowing that the deal was corrupt and that the governor should not be held accountable for his part in that detrimental backdoor deal. Should officials should sign anything the attorney general tells them to sign?
The governor knowingly signed that agreement. Who puts his signature on an agreement of this magnitude without having personally investigated it?
The Marianas Variety reported:
Quichocho, who presents Rep. Janet U. Maratita, Rep. Ray N. Yumul and the CNMI Senate in a lawsuit challenging the validity of the power deal, said Buckingham simply signed the no-bid contract on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office. Quichocho said there is nothing in the power deal document that indicates Buckingham certified it as to form an legal capacity. This means that the governor knew it was a bad deal for the NMI but he went ahead and signed it anyway. Quichocho said.
He said the governor’s decision to enter into the questionable agreement “is not shielded by the AG’s approval.”
He added, “The governor’s supposed ignorance of the law is not a defense.”Now that makes sense.
AG Buckingham told the F.B.I. agent who served him the court summons, that he was under "direct orders" to get on his flight and leave the CNMI, violating the court order. The direct orders could only come from Governor Fitial. It is convenient that Fitial made sure Buckingham escaped from the CNMI (with the help of the DPS thug squad) so he would not be around to answer any questions about this deal and other corrupt acts.
It looks like former AG Buckingham, now fugitive Buckingham, has officially been designated the role of the governor's fall guy.
Convenient also, is the fact that the governor is the one who has the authority to extradite fugitive Buckingham to face his court charges and disclose information about the Saipan Development, LLC deal. That seems seriously unlikely.
What a slimy worm the governor appears to be. He also now agrees that the PPA is that the agreement is "void and unenforceable", according to his press secretary, Angel Demapan. Interesting, especially since the governor has defended and pushed this slimy deal.
A December 6, 2012, text message that Governor Fitial sent to Senator Juan Ayuyu (now in jail) states:
“Good afternoon Senator Ayuyu. Thank you so much for your time this morning. I hope that the informal meeting this morning helped clarify the major issues concerning the Power Purchase Agreement with the Saipan Development Power Plant company. The company's official representative [Jason Osborne] will arrive Saipan next week. I wish to invite you and your colleagues to meet with him after his arrival next week to further discuss the new power plant issue at your convenience. Thank you. Governor.”This text proves that the governor was not backing away from the PPA, but rather supporting and promoting it. In fact, it appears to prove that he was in violation of the preliminary injunction order against the $190M PPA that was invoked in the lawsuit file by CNMI legislators against, Saipan Development, LLC, Fitial and CUC.
The governor was scheduled to appear in Superior Court before Judge David Wiseman yesterday to answer to charges that he was in contempt of court for violating the preliminary injunction. At the last minute Fitial appealed to the CNMI Supreme Court to stop those proceedings. However, Justice John Manglona denied the governor's emergency motion. The justice said that the governor failed to show the "possibility of irreparable injury" if the proceedings were not stopped.
It appears that Fitial may have made one mistake too many. This time he may not be able to worm his way out of responsibility for his latest scheme.