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THE NMI Democratic Party on Thursday honored the Commonwealth’s founding fathers with a commemorative resolution “for their monumental contribution and unselfish dedication to  improving the quality of life for the people of the CNMI.”

Present to receive a copy of the resolution was Vicente N. Santos, vice chairman of the Marianas Political Status Commission, which negotiated the Covenant with the U.S. government. The Covenant established  the CNMI in political union with the U.S.

Edward DLG Pangelinan, the commission chairman and the CNMI first Washington representative, attended via telephone.

Former Lt. Gov. Pete A. Tenorio and Manny Sablan, who also served on the commission, were represented by relatives.

The candidates of the NMI Democratic Party and the party chairwoman, Nola Hix, took turns in reading the commemorative resolution. 

Joining them was U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan who is running unopposed.

 

Vicente N. Santos, 10th left, the vice chairman of the Marianas Political Status Commission and former president of the Marianas District Legislature, poses with NMI Democratic Party candidates, supporters and U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, second left. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano  

The resolution states that  “while the Covenant was not a perfect document, our Commonwealth negotiators, through their diligent efforts, professionalism, dedication, and commitment, produced a historical and binding agreement that has served and protected our interests for the past 42 years.”

Over the phone, Pangelinan said he is honored and grateful to the NMI Democratic Party officials, members and candidates.

“I thank you for extending your appreciation to us, but it was our responsibility and because we love our people and we love our island,” Pangelinan said.

“Thank you for such a magnanimous and generous resolution to each member of the commission,” he added.

Santos, for his part, shared his recollections of the events and circumstances leading to the formation of the Marianas Political Status Commission, as he thanked the party for the commemorative resolution.


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