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Mafnas going after CLTC's debtors

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - After a little over two months on the job, the new administrator of the Chamorro Land Trust Commission says he can't work any harder than he has been. Today before senators he gave a brief update on what he's been doing since taking over the troubled agency. And he means business.

"I am managing and operating CLTC as a business," said licensed real estate broker turned administrator of the Chamorro Land Trust Commission Monte Mafnas. He's going after those who he believes have been taking advantage of the people of Guam for years... Mafnas told lawmakers those days are over, adding, "It behooves me why these people do not pay."

With the help of the Department of Revenue & Taxation, Mafnas says he's established a list of delinquencies and several people and businesses have been warned its time to pay up or get out. "Gave them notice written notices written cancellation of leases and violations of sections and provisions as notated in the license or the lease.  This amount equates to approximately $1.3 million," he said.

Without providing the names of the companies, during today's briefing Mafnas gave examples of how companies are getting over. He said, "This one company has never paid real estate taxes who are seriously delinquent. Now as far as I'm concerned, they have exacerbated the problem by not paying the rental, not paying the real property tax, and most of all using CLTC money for their daily operations, which means profit in their pockets."

It's profit that Mafnas says should be going back to the Commission. But with more than 50 commercial leases and licenses on the books, the Commission still doesn't an approved rules and regulations for commercial leases in place.

You may remember, it failed to get approval in the 30th Guam Legislature. He said, "There are two issues  Some are on there by virtue of license, some are on there without a license and some are there based on verbal authority given by former directors you go in and you do this and you promise to do this but nothing was executed after that. So those are the two issues we're dealing at this time."

Today was just a short update on what Mafnas has been up to at the CLTC since taking over. Senator Ben Pangelinan, who has oversight over the CLTC, said a more formal presentation will be made at a later time. But for now, Mafnas will continue to move forward saying the door is always open. "Every Wednesday I call a 'people day', I invite anyone who calls to come and see me," he explained.

"I've seen over 80 people, returned over 40 returned calls and collectively we hope to resolve their issues and concerns. I'm sorry I don't know everything and can't work harder than I can, but I've only been here for two months."

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