CNMI Homeland Security Special Assistant Dennis Mendiola meets with Guam counterparts to discuss modernization and partnership efforts

Today, the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Special Assistant Dennis Mendiola led a delegation that met with Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) officials to discuss modernization initiatives in addition to exploring opportunities for enhanced partnership agreements between the CNMI and Guam. 

“This partnership is important to better protect our residents and homeland against threats as well as how to best recover from manmade or natural disasters. I want to thank and build upon the work of my predecessor, former HSEM Special Assistant Gerald Guerrero. He set a solid foundation for the Commonwealth with the One Marianas approach to protecting our homeland under the direction of Governor Torres these past years,” says HSEM Special Assistant Dennis Mendiola.

Newly appointed HSEM Special Assistant Dennis Mendiola aims to modernize emergency communications throughout the Marianas to improve the HSEM effort to combat terrorism and targeted violence, enhance cybersecurity, secure ports of entry, and ensuring disaster readiness. 

“We are grateful our partnerships with our closest neighbors remain strong and we stand ready to support one another. I look forward to collaborating further on projects such as this, and more,” says Guam Homeland Security Advisor Samantha Brennan. 

CNMI HSEM Special Assistant Dennis Mendiola, Emergency Management Director Joey Dela Cruz, and Chief of Staff Wil Castro met with Guam Homeland Security Advisor Samantha Brennan, Emergency Medical Dispatch Supervisor Paul Rolinski, and other emergency response staff. 

For more information you may contact CNMI Emergency Operations Center at (670) 237-8000. 

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CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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