Governor Torres addresses JGO allegations regarding CUC

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In a comprehensive sit-down interview with KKMP’s Gary Sword, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres on Wednesday directly addressed allegations made by the House Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations (JGO) regarding power and water billings from the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) associated with the Governor’s official residence.

Governor Torres issued the following statement on the allegations made by the House JGO Committee:

“For months, I have publicly called for the House JGO committee to send me their concerns, so I can send them the truth. I sent a letter to the JGO Chair on Monday, November 8, 2021 with a one week deadline requesting for questions in writing, yet two weeks after the letter was sent, no response by the JGO was received.”

“Our people deserve the truth. Therefore, I have decided to end this political show before the holidays so we can all get back to doing real work for our people.”

“I recently sat down with Gary Sword, a trusted CNMI local media representative, about allegations made regarding CUC billings associated with the Governor’s official residence. This is the first in a series of videos that will provide factual information directly from me in response to the JGO’s allegations.”

“I look forward to sharing more of my responses to these political and abusive allegations to you the people directly in the coming weeks.”

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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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