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Epitaph of CNMI’s democracy | 79: The ugliness of corruption & give our money and resort back!

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IT is amazing to see all the behind the scenes ugly illegal activity of the Governor exposed by Kandit as it reminds me of how the Politics on the mainland are conducted — exposure of what happens(ed) behind the scenes.

I had really been calling for more “investigative reporting” years back and now we see the real results of deep investigative report. Of course, Kandit had some help with their “tip line” and I think they may have gotten more help than our local news sources which I already wrote about. But just think about how the Governor has behaved behind the scenes since the FBI raids because whenever Public figures have to start dealing with things behind the scenes it means WE the People are in for SOMETHING and it ain’t going to be good or pretty but VERY UGLY!

The Governor went straight and I mean STRAIGHT to the Legislature to meet with his CREW ONLY behind the scenes after the FBI raids — UGLY! But it tells anyone with common sense that skullduggery (dishonesty, trickery, cheating and mischief) was the order of that meeting and we can see the result with the Speaker stonewalling and hiding his and others misuse of OUR money — UGLIER. The very FIRST thing the Legislature tried to do was to act like it was not up to them to conduct an investigation and now we know WHY. THEY themselves need investigating for the behind the scenes spending they have been doing with OUR money! They think it’s over with their letter but they just don’t know but I will be reminding them come election season. It was even shared with Kandit News how the Speaker was literally FORCING members to sign a form letter to deny the very PEOPLE they swore to PROTECT & SERVE the right to see and KNOW what they did with OUR money! In fact, we should stop saying Government Funding or Revenues and say the PEOPLE’s MONEY and maybe OUR money will have more meaning to our elected leaders to do RIGHT when they start spending OUR money! Voters must STOP the UGLY uses of OUR Money!

WE can see from the list of the dirty-30 that there had to have been some behind the scenes skullduggery all in the name of POLITICS! We the People only see what they want us to see but there is a saying that “what you do in the dark will more than likely come to the light” a phrase that has often been used for cheating boy & girl-friends and spouses. But we have a cheating Governor and more cheaters in the Legislature. I really feel sorry for those GOP loyalists because they are going to pay the price in the coming election for their own FAULTS and the FAULTS of their leader! The behind the scenes spending the GOP don’t want us to know about — you can KEEP it and your secrets as you just stamped your expiration date in the mid-term and you can be assured I will be listing your names and reminding voters of your unethical erroneous and even criminal behavior with OUR money. Now you can go behind the scenes and discuss your imminent demise! I said that because I KNOW some of you GOP have been going behind the scenes trying to “segregate yourself from the Governor” but NONE of you have taken side with the Minority to hold the Governor accountable like you should if you were truly HONORABLE to the PEOPLE who hired you, not the Governor. It’s just down right UGLY to not hold the Governor accountable and voters are WATCHING!

WE the People have seen literally dozens of documented evidences proving the Governor has violated the Ethics Code and CNMI Laws. These are crimes that really don’t even NEED investigating other than the confirmation of the authenticity of the documents which the Governor has ALREADY authenticated! I don’t know what the Governor told you guys and girl behind the scene but I really wish I had been a fly on the wall to hear something so powerful and UGLY that you will put your political career on the line for him. Is our CNMI GOP leader (the Governor) truly more powerful than the Party as even the GOP on the mainland are literally afraid of their leader too — #45. Our Political arena has become downright ugly — thanks Governor.

Reimburse OUR Money Governor & the Ugly Prosperity LIE Proven

It is no secret in the CNMI about all the money the Governor has literally swindled us out of in a scheme that has gone on for almost the entire seven years he has been our Governor — ain’t that some kind of ugly for voters to think about all the way to the voting booth. I have written Editorial after Editorial asking our AG and Legislature to ACT on the many fraudulent reimbursements the Governor received and the additional money he would have had to pay-back for all his first class and business class tickets for him and his wife. The only word I could think of without using profanity was UGLY for what our Governor was doing and I’m sure an overwhelming majority of voters feel the same way about the Governor.

The PROSPERITY LIE was one of the ugliest Political Grandstanding LIES I have ever seen a Politician do in the CNMI. There have been some statements that came close but the UGLY Prosperity Lie has set the bar for lying to the People. What makes the lie so bad is that the Governor turned right around five months after being elected on that LIE and declared austerity making his Prosperity Lie destroy the LYING Richter Scale as an UGLY-12.0 LIE!!! The PROOF is now in that the Governor was LYING about austerity because IPI owed us 37 Million which was more than needed to prevent austerity. NOW his own GOP have just told us that the “Government must retire a $120million deficit in 2 fiscal years” — WOW! The Governor PROMISED the People Prosperity and got Austerity and now we learn that we are STILL 120 Million in the RED — now that’s REAL UGLY! I’m just wondering how MUCH MORE UGLY is coming when the indictments are unsealed. Will indictments be enough for People to RISE-UP and be counted for the resurrection of our dead Democracy by voting ALL Democrats into office! It’s time for the People to get UGLY with the GOP and embarrass them like they have been and still are embarrassing YOU! Ugly is often reciprocal and this is no time for voters to be nice to the GOP!

Give our Mariana Resort BACK NOW IPI

I think it is high-time for IPI to just voluntarily return the Mariana Resort to the People of the CNMI if they truly respect the People of the CNMI. It is no secret that IPI’s entire operation is now under a Federal Investigation. IPI has suffered entirely tooooo many set-backs delays on your PRIMARY Project (the casino) for People to have any faith in IPI when it comes to the Mariana Resort. Please do not make the people have to start protesting for OUR property that you have FAILED to do a darn thing with just let it fall apart. IPI is also about to LOSE ALL of your support in our Legislature come the midterm election. So if IPI truly wants to end up on the GOOD side of the People you need to voluntarily give back the Mariana Resort NOW!

Public Lands is now reassessing land so they can LOWER the cost but who are these costs being lowered for is the question and WE the People know the answer is for IPI to get a cheap lease on the Resort. But that scheme IS NOT going to work as WE the People are wide awake and can see clearly now! WE the People now know that Public Lands should have been BEGGING Kan Pacific to keep the property at least until a new lease was generated but our Governor just let them give the property to IPI for FREE with no lease. I said then it was WRONG and now most voters can SEE it was wrong. The Legislature and Governor haven’t done anything to get the property back so the People must take this matter into OUR hands. I will also be recommending to the Democrats to PLEASE put the Mariana Resort in their platform to be reclaimed for the People. So IPI, you can give the property back now or wait until you are FORCED to give the People of the CNMI our property back and deal with the consequences. IPI needs to focus on Garapan and pray you finish that FIRST before trying to hog-it-all and bite off more than you can chew and eat. To be continued: One People One Direction.

The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

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