November 6, 2012
U.S. Delegate Gregorio (Kilili) Sablan overwhelmingly defeated Fitial's candidate, Dr. Ignacia Demapan, in a 9,829 to 2,503 landslide garnering over 79% of the votes (unofficial). The Marianas Variety reports that Kilili received the most votes in CNMI history!
The noble nine who pushed for reform and the governor's impeachment all acquired the top votes in their respective races! The CNMI people (at least those who are franchised) have spoken. Their message – impeach Fitial, end corruption, restore justice and reform the CNMI.
The Marianas Variety reports that only 4 of the 20 Fitial House candidates were elected. Adios to Speaker Eli Cabrera, Reps.Stanley Torres, Frederick P. Deleon Guerrero, Sylvestre Iguel, and Ramon Basa.
Only in Rota did Fitial's candidates get elected. Victor Hocog beat out long-time incumbent Senator Paul Manglona and Terisita Santos beat out Felix Santos.
Also, passing was an amendment calling for an elected Attorney General, which can also be seen as another call for reform.
See the CNMI Elections website for all races.
Rising Tide founder and anti-corruption advocate Glen Hunter was quoted by the Marianas Variety:
"So many great people set an example for this CNMI for so many years. They planted the seeds of hope and change. What we see before us today is a grand harvest of what has sprung from those seeds. I am so thankful for all the hardships they endured and the perseverance and determination they showed. I am so proud to witness firsthand this rising tide of hope for the CNMI."Glen's facebook page states, "The people haven't spoken...they have SHOUTED...FINISH IT! Indeed, it looks like impeachment will be on the agenda once again in January.
Congratulations to the people of the CNMI. May this election herald the restoration of justice and the end of political corruption to the beautiful Mariana Islands.
Now may there be a similar outcome in the U.S. tonight...