July 5, 2015
No surprise. Both governors have been partners in crime for decades. From their work in Tan's sleazy garment factories that led to oppression of innocent foreign garment workers, to their unethical involvement with felon lobbyist Jack Abramoff, to numerous instances of cronyism, election fraud, and other schemes that repeatedly broke the public trust.
The governor stated:
“Our society is unique in that it is like any metropolitan city on the mainland. We are comprised of small islands and it is in our culture to be compassionate toward each other.
It is also in our culture not to claim victory or take joy in the fall of our citizens. We are taught to not let the bad outweigh the good and to look at a person’s entire contribution to our society and not just a small piece.”That has to be one of the most disingenuous statements ever to be uttered by a CNMI leader. "It is our culture to be compassionate to each other"?
Where was the compassion towards the legal, longterm foreign workers who built the CNMI, who paved the roads, constructed the buildings, nursed the sick, and are the backbone of the tourist industry? There was none. Fitial, Inos and other 'compassionate' Covenant Party leaders of the CNMI went into hate mode when the 2010 recommendation from the U.S. Department of Interior came out. The recommendation that called for the legal, long-term nonresidents to be granted a pathway to citizenship.
Were their anti-alien rallies compassionate? How about the ugly remarks? The sickening testimony? The xenophobic protests? Compassionate? Anything but.
Is this compassionate governor penning commutations for those prisoners who committed far less vile crimes than Benigno Fitial? Of course not! His selective 'compassion' is repulsive.