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THE House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures sent out letters last week to multiple department or agency heads requesting any and all documents relevant to their investigation.

These letters were addressed to Northern Islands Mayor Vicente Santos, Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo, Commonwealth Casino Commission Chairman Edward Deleon Guerrero, Bureau of Motor Vehicles Director Juana Leon Guerrero, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Special Assistant Gerald Deleon Guerrero, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Guerrero, and Department of Lands and Natural Resources Secretary Anthony Benavente.

Letters addressed to Mayor Santos, Managing Director Iakopo, Special Assistant Deleon Guerrero, Commissioner Guerrero, and Secretary Benavente request the following:

  • Any and all records of meetings of the respective department or agency regarding Deer Meat for Dinner, Robert Arrington, and/or Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres’ trip to the Northern Islands, including meeting agendas, meeting minutes, meeting notes, and/or video or audio recordings.
  • Any and all written plans, proposals, or presentations in the custody of the respective department or agency relevant to the promotional trip to the Northern Islands in June to July of this year.
  • Any and all expenses incurred by the respective department or agency in connection with the Northern Islands trip, including but not limited to purchase orders, contracts, and boat charters.
  • Names of any and all personnel in the Northern Island Mayor’s Office involved in the planning and execution of the promotional trip to the Northern Islands with Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres and Robert Arrington.

In addition, the special committee is also requesting environmental impact assessments and conservation or mitigation recommendations from Mayor Santos and Secretary Benavente relevant to this promotional trip to the Northern Islands.

The mayor and the secretary, along with Iakopo, have also been asked to provide permit applications and permits relevant to this trip.

Secretary Benavente was likewise asked to submit permit drafts pertaining to this trip.

Prior to their first organizational meeting in July, members of the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures discuss the rules with their legal counsel. Photo by K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol

Excluding Iakopo, all department or agency heads who received these letters from the special committee have been asked to submit letters, memoranda, e-mail correspondence, other communications, any and all expenses incurred in their custody relevant to the promotional trip to the Northern Islands, including but not limited to fuel, food, beverages, water, materials, supplies, equipment, staff compensation including overtime, rental agreements, billings, and receipts.

Iakopo was requested to submit any and all records documenting expenses incurred by MVA relevant to this promotional trip.

The committee is requesting  Special Assistant Deleon Guerrero and Commissioner Guerrero to provide information about fuel fleet card purchases, as well as the following:

  • Any and all HSEM or DPS boats, vehicles, generators, equipment, gear, materials, or supplies utilized for the promotional trip to the Northern Islands led by Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres and Robert Arrington in June-July 2020.
  • Any and all HSEM or DPS boats, vehicles, generators, equipment, gear, materials, or supplies left in the Northern Islands, the reasons they were left behind, and the person(s) who received these items.
  • Grant terms and conditions of all federally funded HSEM or DPS boats, vehicles, generators, or other equipment utilized for this trip.

Mayor Santos is requested to submit any and all expenses incurred by his office for boats relating to this promotional trip.

The letter addressed to CCC Chairman Edward Deleon Guerrero requests the following:

  • Any and all records of contributions by Imperial Pacific International to the community benefit fund pursuant to Section 16 of the casino license agreement, including but not limited to reports, audits, statements of account, bank statements, wire transfers, and correspondence or communications.
  • Any and all records documenting the receipts or beneficiaries of community benefit fund distributions, the amounts disbursed to each, the dates of each disbursement, the purpose(s) of the funds awarded.
  • Any and all records documenting negotiation, consultation, or communications between Imperial Pacific International and Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres, the Commonwealth Casino Commission, and/or the Lottery Commission, and/or any of their respective designees, as to the implementation of the community benefit fund and enforcement of Section 16 of the casino license agreement.

The letter addressed to BMV Director Leon Guerrero requests “all records in the custody of the [BMV] pertaining to the vehicle with License Plate No. ADG 282, including but not limited to any and all documents showing past and current registration and ownership.

These department or agency heads have until Tuesday to comply, else they will be served subpoenas by the special committee.

The bipartisan House Special Committee is composed of chairman  Ralph Yumul, Vice Speaker Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero, House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan, House Minority Leader Edwin Propst, Reps. Luis John Castro, Donald Manglona, Tina Sablan, and Edmund Villagomez.

They will be convening for another meeting Tuesday morning in the House chamber.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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