The Port Authority of Guam must "protect its revenues and will not tolerate one dollar of tariff revenue to go uncollected". Such was the response from agency General Manager Glenn Leon Guerrero to a challenge issued by Watts Constructors yesterday calling for the return of a check for $924,000.
Watts alleges they only issued the check to the Port Authority in November to have their cargo sent out of the Guam Shipyard in time to "avoid a potentially disastrous encounter with Typhoon Nida". While the agency cited Guam law designating the Port Authority as the island's sole commercial port in its imposition of the fine, Watts claims, "Neither Guam law nor practice support the port's position in imposing these charges".
Meanwhile, the PAG is looking into the matter and is reserving comment until further legal review is completed. Senator Jim Espaldon has asked the attorney general to conduct a thorough review of the matter.