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Tony Sanchez erupts against senator

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by Janjeera Hail

Guam - Tony Sanchez, a manager for Guam Rocks, was at today's roundtable discussion.  He began shouting at the end of the meeting, asking that he be allowed to speak.

"I wanna speak and you're holding us away!  This is a public forum. This is democracy!" he announced.  Senator Ben Pangelinan quickly replied, "This is a legislative inquiry roundtable, we will have a public hearing," to which Sanchez angrily said, "You are disallowing us from putting it in and you're allowing Hawaiian Rock to proceed and you have no questions on them. but on the Chamorros, you do!"

"Absolutely, I have a question on everybody," said the senator.

"Hawaiian Rock just spent $200,000, how much political contributions [sic] did they give you to allow them to go ahead at Fadian Point? And they've spent $200,000 to ask for a lease. How come they're not at the table?" asked Sanchez.  The senator said simply, "Zero". "And they spent $200,000 on the lease, how come they're not at the roundtable?" ot which Pangelinan said, "Because he's the one who gave them.  Why don't you ask him  Why?"

"Well, why aren't you allowing us to speak? Because you don't want to hear the truth???" Sanchez asserted.  "No," said Pangelinan, "because I want this guy to answer the questions."  Sanchez fired back with, "That's right - because you don't want to know the truth. You're wrong, Ben."

Sanchez questions why his company was singled out for today's roundtable, claiming the agreement between the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and Guam Rocks was in place prior to the board issuing a moratorium on new commercial leases.  He told KUAM News, "There's a lot of things mistrued [sic]. We appealed our thing, we followed all rules, no laws were violated. We were pre-moratorium even the legal counsel of the legislature noted that when Ben Pangelinan tried to pass a moratorium."

Senator Pangelinan in the meantime plans to hold an oversight hearing with the CLTC, a date however has not yet been scheduled.

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