January 21, 2013
|Willy Tan and Governor Fitial in 2011 at a planning meeting to discuss erecting a mini city at Marpi|
Willy Tan, Governor Fitial's former boss and notorious labor abuser, met with the governor and his cabinet to request that Saipan be cleaned up for the tourists. Tan will be raking in the dollars by bringing in Chinese tourists through charter flights and whatever other deal he is currently working on.
In March 2012 it was reported that Fitial and Luen Thai Group's vice president Willy Tan were meeting with Chinese developer, Sunshine 100, to plan a mini-city with hotels and a possible casino in the pristine Marpi area of Saipan. Perhaps that plan is being put into motion before the governor's impeachment takes place.
It was reported that Tan went to the 3-hour meeting with a dozen or so photos of Saipan eyesores that he wants cleaned up for the sake of tourism. Considering the CNMI is broke and Willy Tan is a multi-millionaire, why doesn't Tan fund and oversee the clean-up? After all, some of the worst eyesores are the abandoned garment factories, including some of Tan's own.
Tan also owns the Saipan Tribune and the Fiesta Resort. According to some hotel employees, Fiesta Resort services include an organized prostitution service for Japanese and other tourists. In fact, one Trip Advisor comment referred to the prostitution service that the hotel offers:
"I showed up at the hotel at 11:35 Am to check-in. I was told there was a room available even though check-in was not normally until 2 PM. After I checked out I noticed an extra fee of $170. When I inquired about this fee, I was told it was for the rate for the night before I checked since I checked in before 2 PM. The manager claimed it was hotel policy to charge for the previous night if checking in before 2PM. I could find no reference to this policy on their website or in the fine print on my reservation. I have checked in a 7 AM many times at other hotels and have never been charged for the previous night. The Fiesta didn't even tell me about such a charge when I checked in. This is such a scam. If this was in the US mainland, I would have sued for illegal business practice and alerted the states attorney general. I was also asked if I would like an "invited guest" for my room upon check-in. I can only imagine that this is a prostitution service offered by the hotel." Stayed May 2012, traveled on businessMaybe Tan could clean up his hotel?
You have to love that Tan had the nerve to request that the press "talk positively about the island." He said:
"There have been a lot of negative things reported about the island so in my opinion, we’ve got to balance that,” he added.
"Politics should be set aside and businesses should be able to do whatever needs to be done before everybody sinks."It appears that Tan is joining the likes of Angel Demapan and former governor Froilan Tenorio who are appealing to stop the impeachment procedures of Governor Fitial. Perhaps Tan still thinks he has the power to manipulate the politics of the CNMI as he did during the peak days of the garment factory boom. Few can forget Willy Tan's sleazy dealings with Jack Abramoff , and Tan's famously boasting that he had former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) in his pocket as an undercover camera taped his conversation.
It is also interesting that Governor Fitial refused to talk to the press about the meeting. Concerning the cabinet meeting with Tan, the governor was quoted as telling the press, "You are not invited."
The Marianas Variety reported that the governor was aided by his DPS security guard Captain Nekaifes in evading the press by exiting through the back door. Perhaps the governor has forgotten that thumbing his nose at open government is one reason the people have rallied for his impeachment.
At least one government agency may be cleaned up. It was announced that Governor Fitial was going to appoint Sgt. James Deleon Guerrero as acting DPS commissioner. It will take a great deal of effort to turn around the department that is teeming with problems. DPS employs numerous officers with criminal records, and boasts high ranking officers who serve the governor and his political allies rather than serving the public.
It will be a challenge to bring in a steady stream of tourists to an island that is considered unsafe. The CNMI has a long list of unsolved murders, rapes, brutal assaults and a host of other crimes, including those committed against tourists.
The legislators have their own plan for cleaning up the island beginning with the governor's impeachment, which should greatly reduce the number of dirty deals and corrupt acts.