29 October 2018
Honorable Chairman Frank Blas Aguon, Jr. and members of the Committee on Guam-U.S. Military Buildup, Infrastructure, and Transportation I appear before this honorable committee to lend my wholehearted support to Bills 283&284 and to offer the suggestion that provisions of Bill 304 be incorporated into Bill 284.
The label of the paper attached hereto reads in pertinent part: “I appear before you today to testify in favor of Bills 283&284 & 304-34.” “Today” was July 13. Because Sen. Tom Ada summarily cancelled the hearing set for 4 PM on that day in favor of a session that never happened and didn’t reschedule that hearing, this testimony was quite effectively squelched until today. As I read that testimony today I ask that you remember the temporal disconnect caused by
’s failure to schedule
a hearing. Ada
While I will read my July 13 testimony into the record today, two sentences from that testimony must be excised and set forth herein.
First: “Only the most naïve among us would proceed on the basis that the same people who created, abated, benefited from or ignored the scandal can be trusted to bring it to an end.”
Here, with respect to naïveté the immortal words of Walt Kelly’s Pogo are appropriate, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Naïveté in this august body abounds to the effect that that same Tom Ada would introduce Bill 356 suggesting that seven others are naïve enough to pass this rather transparent attempt to sweep the entire CLTC scandal under the rug—or is it naïveté that Ada is looking for?
Second: “This crucial remedial legislation should have been passed in May. On April 19
reported drainage concerns caused by a newly bulldozed road leading from Rte.16
into the boonies. The road led not only into the boonies but ran smack dab into
a Pandora’s Box of untrustworthiness, incompetence, legal, ethical and moral
problems, involving inter alia, DLM
Director and Deputy Director respectively, Michael Borja and David Camacho, Chamorro Land Trust Commission
(CLTC) Chair, Pika Fejeran, Senator Régine Lee, employees of the CLTC, one of
whom confessed on camera to a violation of 4 GCA §15204,…” Mt.
Rather than move these bills forward
allowed the situation to molder to the general disgust of all except the CLTC
which recently announced that its investigation of itself and its staff showed
no wrong doing. Ada
I respectfully request the swift passage of these two salutary bills.