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OPINION | Epitaph 103: Retirees & CNMI bamboozled again

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JUST as I was preparing to write an Epitaph thanking the Governor for all his efforts even though some were flawed, but I get the news over Social Media that Retirees are being bamboozled AGAIN! WHERE is the nearly 100 million that IPI OWES the CNMI and WHY hasn’t the Governor tried to collect any of this extraordinary amount of money is the question that ALL retirees, PSS and Voters should be asking the Governor. My other question is, will the 25% cut be reimbursed in a lump-sum payment when the Stimulus Funding arrives as that is one of the main reasons WHY the CNMI is getting the stimulus funds? Governor, you were so busy blaming BOE that you forgot to fully explain HOW and WHEN retirees would be “made-whole AGAIN”!

I really couldn’t believe what I was reading in how the Governor was calling BOE “selfish” and using all kinds of adjectives of disdain. The Governor whitewashes himself clean of the debt to retirees by gaslighting PSS’s request to try and make everyone mad at BOE and not him. He is still following the same OLD “political-power-play” that #45 is using to blame EVERYONE but won’t accept any blame or responsibility for being part of the PROBLEM! The Governor really laid it on the BOE and PSS with his gaslighting show when he should have been performing this show on IPI a long time ago given the millions they owe. Heck, the Governor didn’t even have the decency to promise retirees that he would make sure retirees are reimbursed for the 25% that will be deducted. It wasn’t enough for the GOP to ROB and eventually KILL the Retirement Fund but they continue to go-back on their word to take care of ALL the obligations to retirees and now retirees get bamboozled AGAIN! When are retirees going to rise-up and say ENOUGH which is the real challenge for all retirees to HELP get rid of the GOP for some time in the near future?

The most pathetic thing about the Governor’s letter in announcing that he was going to cut retirees’ paycheck was how he pointed his finger at PSS trying to blame the BOE for his failure to live up to the Government’s obligation to retirees. Governor, you are trying to claim PSS doesn’t need the money because school is out which is really a cop-out whitewashing job to try and get the mud off of you and you gaslighted PSS to look bad. But in reality, PSS desperately needs those funds too as ALL the certified staff at PSS are literally “guaranteed their salary in their contracts” and this pandemic does not negate PSS’ responsibility to pay them in their CONTRACT. You do know that contracts can’t be broken don’t you Governor. You are really making yourself look awfully foolish Governor with your whitewashing and gaslighting that is not fooling anyone with common sense especially if they know about the 100 million IPI owes that would have prevented the 25% cut and the hours cut for Government employees and a lot of other things.


FYI readers, I started writing in 2018, about the Community Chest Fund that IPI owes the People and here it is 2020 and WE the People still haven’t seen a dime of this money which is all the more reason WHY People need to listen and give my Epitaphs more credit and why I can say AGAIN — I TOLD YOU SO! Heck, Senator Manglona and the Minority Bloc have also been asking about this money to no avail because the Governor’s GOP Crew in the Legislature refuses to place a real “check” on the Governor and instead they continue to COVER for the Governor and IPI, for TRUE! Putting retirees through the ringer with a cut during these hard times and not doing or saying anything about the millions that IPI owes the CNMI is down-right CRIMINAL which PROVES the RICO Investigation is dead on track! You are literally proving the Feds case Governor regardless if you know it or not as WE the People can see implications of GUILT in your behavior!


WE (retirees) also don’t need Mr. Clyde Norita representing us anymore Governor like he did the last time there was a crisis because he got out in front and acted like he was retirees’ leader or savior or something. I was wondering WHO made him Chief over the retirees and given all the revelations about Mr. Norita that have exposed him as a GOP Emissary, I’m sure none of the retirees with common sense want him to EVER speak for us AGAIN! You need to FIX this Governor and you need to do it now as most retirees are barely making it on their small fixed income and can’t even avail of the 90day deferment for extra money that you gave for people with Retirement Home Loans like myself, so I hope retirees know and appreciate that I’m writing this for YOU. But Governor, PLEASE no more excuses and just go and GET-OUR-MONEY from IPI because they owe somewhere around 100 million now! IPI made promises they couldn’t keep in their original contract and Angel Demapan and the GOP majority even helped them to renege (default) on their obligations to the People of the CNMI. Well, and it’s now “judgement time” which is what us regular folks in-the-cheap-seats face when we don’t pay our Bill’s — a court judgment to collect by any legal means necessary! I am not going to let YOU & IPI off the hook with this one Governor. I’m also sure VOTERS are going to make you pay too by electing all or at least a majority of Democrats in the mid-term elections who will surely IMPEACH you if the FBI don’t beat voters in removing you by the General Election.
I do appreciate your efforts in dealing with this pandemic Governor but in reality, you had no choice. However, WE the People shouldn’t lose track of the fact that YOU Governor must “pay-penance” and atone for all you have done and failed to do in collecting OUR MONEY as the Governor. You are not only bamboozling the retirees you are doing it to the entire CNMI as there are many others who could use the help that the 100 million could bring to the entire CNMI. You can’t pretend and hide IPI and this money any longer Governor as its public knowledge now and this is not a game of “On-it.” If voters and retirees let YOU get away with this 25% cut in the absence of ANY attempt to collect from IPI then WE the People actually DESERVE all the hard-times that come for letting you get away with all your whitewashing gaslighting and bamboozling! To be continued: One People One Direction to end the whitewashing and gaslighting that continues to bamboozle the People.
The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

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