October 23, 2012
The news yesterday was that a Department of Public Land employee had the audacity to tell U.S. Delegate Gregorio (Kilili) Sablan and his wife to stop waving at an intersection where the couple held signs asking for support.
The Marianas Variety reported that the female employee told them, "You cannot stand here. It's a political sign."
The delegate responded that it was not a stationary sign and he had a permit. Sablan challenged the unidentified employee to arrest him. She replied that she could not to that. He also refused to move and refused to stop waving to passing motorists.
This is the kind of response that every member of Governor Fitial's thug squad should receive each time they attempt to obstruct justice, break a law, bully a citizen or steal an election. Good for Congressman Sablan and his wife for refusing to let a Fitialite intimidate!
According to the Marianas Variety two weeks prior to this incident the governor and Republican Party members, including the DPL acting Secretary Ramon Salas, had a "long line of political signs in the same area on Beach Road."
The Republican Party leader and his army of bullies may want to step back or risk facing charges. The Office of the Special Council let the DPS and former AG Buckingham's blatant Hatch Act violations slide on by during the last election. In today's even more hostile political climate in the CNMI, that won't fly this round. This round people are standing up against corruption
A few days ago over a hundred people gathered at the Microl intersection to protest government corruption. This is a movement that is only going to gain momentum until the governor is impeached and corruption is stopped.
For decades CNMI political cheaters have demanded that their followers prove their loyalty in the "vote in exchange for a government job" scheme. This time it looks like the ruling Republican Party is requiring employees to prove their loyalty by taking a photos of their ballots on their cell phones to prove how they voted.
Citizen activist Glen Hunter has written a letter to the Commonwealth Election Commission requesting that no electronic equipment be allowed in the voting booths. He wrote:
I have been told that some members of our community are being requested to take photos of their ballots within the polls in order to confirm their vote to others. Therefore, I am writing to file a formal request to ask that emergency regulations be implemented to protect the secrecy of the vote by placing a ban on cellular phones, cameras, video recording devices and other electronic devices from the polling stations.
The request to take a photo of one’s ballot violates every voter’s constitutional right to secrecy in voting (CNMI Constitution, Article VIII Section, Section 3). Our CNMI statute gives the CEC the power to promulgate rules and regulations in regards to voting procedure in order to maintain the secrecy of the vote and for other purposes. (1 CMC § 6105(f))
Read the letter:
Clearly this type of voting intimidation must be a violation of federal election law as well as a violation of CNMI law. Where is the FBI?
What happened with the Republican Party political meeting held during government working hours that was attended by high level government employees? No consequences? No Hatch Act violation filed?
It was also announced that the election commission has disqualified Precinct 5 House candidate Jesse Torres, claiming that he is a resident of Guam.
Governor's Nominee for Attorney General
Meanwhile Governor Fitial has announced that attorney Joey San Nicolas is his nominee for Attorney General. San Nicolas has been serving as the legal counsel for the Commonwealth Ports Authority.
During Senate confirmation hearings maybe someone should ask the legal counsel what he thought of Ports Authority Chief of Police Jordan Kosam and Captain John Rebuenog's involvement in obstructing justice in an effort to shield former AG Edward Buckingham from being served a penal summons. Did he also have knowledge of the incident? Was his number among those listed on the subpoenaed phone records?