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Bordallo presents State of the Island Address

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Guam congressional delegate Madeleine Bordallo's is delivering her State of the Island Address downtown in the island's capital village of Hagatna. Today's speech marks her fifth address she is delivering from the Guam Legislature since being first elected in 2002.

And this perhaps may be one of her more controversial addresses to date.

Some could say she is walking into the lions den this after getting slammed by several senators during Wednesday's legislative session regarding her action or inaction in regarding the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision that sells the Fena Reservoir back to the Government of Guam for $300 million and another provision that would allow the U.S. Navy 33% control on the Consolidated Commission on Utilities. The latter has caused an uproar in the local community.

Senators one by one took the floor calling the provision an affront to democracy, those were the words of Senator Sam Mabini. Senator Judi Guthertz said she's willing to go to court to settle the issue. Senator Frank Blas, Jr. also questioned why the congresswoman didn't inform local leaders about the provision last year when it was passed.

Also critical Speaker Judi Won Pat. On the floor and in her Weekly Radio Address she mentioned how history has a way of repeating itself, referring to what happened 62 years ago to the month when the Guam Congress staged a walkout in March 1949 in protest of our subjugated status as a people and, most notably, against the abuses of the military at that time.

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