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NMI Democrats: Rota, Tinian have gaming commissioners but no casinos

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THE NMI Democratic Party wants to know why gaming commissioners on Rota and Tinian  continue to receive and spend salaries although there are no casinos on their islands.

This issue was among the topics discussed during a meet-and-greet event hosted by the NMI Democratic Party at its headquarters in San Jose, Tinian.

The Tinian Democratic senatorial hopeful Jose Pangelinan “Gurak” Cruz and House candidate Frederick Arend Dela Cruz  shared their plans with the people, party chairwoman, Nola Hix said, adding that she was very pleased with the successful turnout and positive feedback from guests.

“Similar to Rota, our brothers and sisters on Tinian are the most resilient among all of us,” she added.

With the lack of economic opportunities and access to essential on-island healthcare providers and services, including dental care, Hix said, “We really need to ask our leaders: where are our priorities?”

“Why is it that casino commissioners are still being paid for a casino that does not exist and how does this practice take precedence over basic human rights? Shouldn’t that money be reappropriated for more essential needs?” she asked. 

Tinian House of Representatives candidate Frederick Arend Dela Cruz, acting Tinian Democratic Party Chairman Jose Untalan, and Tinian senatorial candidate Jose Pangelinan “Gurak” Cruz pose during a meet-and-greet event on Friday. Contributed photo

In an interview, Dela Cruz said, “We must change the direction that the government is going right now.”

He said he decided to run for office because he wants to see better and more opportunities for the people of Tinian.

He said there should be funding for training the people of Tinian, and the Public School System must be given the funds required by the CNMI Constitution.

Dela Cruz also expressed concern about the furlough of over 500 government employees.

Also during the event, the Tinian Democrats held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new headquarters  in San Jose, “the heart of Tinian.”

The Tinian candidates would like to thank their landlord, Abelina Cing, former Sen. David Cing and family for their contributions and support.

Earlier this month, The NMI Democratic Party announced its slate of 18 candidates and endorsed the independent candidacy of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Camacho Kilili Sablan who is running unopposed.

 

 

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