February 11, 2013
"Fear has been dissolved." Glen Hunter, reform advocate
Fitial is the first territorial governor ever to be impeached.
Of the 20 representatives, 14 yes votes were required to impeach. Each article received 16 yes votes. Voting against impeachment were Rota Representative Teresita Santos and Saipan Representatives Richard Seman, Felicidad Ogumoro and George Camacho. Considering the seriousness of the offenses and strong evidence, it is staggering that any elected official voted against any article of impeachment. To support the governor is to support corruption, deceit, and theft of public funds.
Governor Fitial refuses to step down. The impeachment process will now move to the Senate for a trial.
There is talk that the governor and his allies have been bribing senators to vote against impeachment. Former Governor Froilan Tenorio admitted that he was asked to speak to some members to persuade them to support Fitial. There has also been talk of recalling any senators who do not vote to impeach in the Senate.
The Saipan Tribune reported that "the governor visited Rota on the eve of the House's impeachment vote, for his Republican Party's appreciation party on island, along with senators." (presumably "along" with Senators Victor B. Hocog and Jovita Taimanao. Senator Juan Ayuyu is in prison awaiting a federal trial.)
Several residents spoke at the impeachment hearing today. Glen Hunter thanked the House for their work.
Former governor Froilan Tenorio spoke in favor of Fitial at the hearing. Tenorio is no stranger to corruption and shares a play book with Fitial. During his term as governor, Tenorio was engaged with several corrupt schemes, including those involving Jack Abramoff and Willy Tan.
In a radio interview with Guam's Patti Arroyo on K57, lead anti-corruption advocate, Glen Hunter stated that 80% of the public is behind the impeachment of the governor. He discussed how the people spoke in the last election by replacing almost every Fitial ally. The last election was seen as a mandate against corruption and for reform.
Mr. Hunter also spoke about Fitial's defense team for the Senate trial. He suggested that Deanne Siemer may be arriving in the CNMI to defend Fitial. Deanne Siemer and her husband, Howard Willens, are both Fitial backers and co-conspirators who have profited from several contracts with Governor Fitial.
Listen to a radio interview with Glen Hunter and Guam's K57 Patti Arroyo: