Governor Torres orders US and CNMI flags to be flown half-staff in the CNMI as a mark of solemn respect for Consul Arago


Announcement of the Passing of

The Honorable Glicerio “Eli” Del Mundo Arago

Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI



It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially for the Commonwealth the passing of the Honorable Glicerio “Eli” Del Mundo Arago, Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI, this morning in Guam.

Diann and I join the Commonwealth in mourning the passing of our Honorary Philippine Consul Eli Arago, who committed his life to advancing the needs of others, most especially the Filipino community of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Consul Eli was a great friend and a true partner in building a stronger and closely-knit Commonwealth with help of our Filipino community. He and I personally collaborated on improving the lives of our kababayans because they have contributed to building a better community for our children and grandchildren to thrive.

He performed his duties as Honorary Consul since 2015 with dignity and repsect. He was humble, intelligent, and passionate, and he held a deep love for these islands he called home for 35 years. He was well-respected across the Asia-Pacific region and leveraged his expertise to be the leading voice for the CNMI Filipino community. He lived his life with immense joy, helping others outside work through volunteer efforts with the Lions Club and providing guidance to the next generation through his actions.

We extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to Consul Eli’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate for the CNMI, the Philippine Consulate General in Guam, and the Tan Holdings Corporation.

As a mark of solemn respect for the life and service of the Honorable Glicerio “Eli” Del Mundo Arago, Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI, I hereby order, that the flag of the Commonwealth, together with the flag of the United States of America, be flown at half-staff at the Juan Atalig Sablan Memorial Building and upon all public buildings, instrumentalities, and grounds within the Commonwealth until the day of his interment.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand on this 24th day of November 2021.




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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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