Guam's political status discussed - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Guam's political status discussed

Posted: Updated:

by Lannie Walker

Guam - Today in the Legislative Public Hearing Room roundtable discussions got underway on three bills concerning the voting rights and political status of Guam residents. Bill 151 would provide for a non-binding straw poll to determine the preferred status of all Guam voters. It seeks to amend provisions relating to the registration, education and voting process for the plebiscite on political status on Guam.

The subject of self-determination and political status brought out impassioned testimony from a cross-section of the local population who came before the committee on federal affairs. Former director of the Guam Ancestral Lands Commission Ed Benavente said, "Stop saying 'Chamorro-only vote'! That's a pejorative term that was created by the media who was against Chamorro self-determination in the first place. If you use that and if you use that and look at the word, it leaves the presumption that everybody has a right and only Chamorros are going to vote and therefore why should they vote?"

Bill 168 was also discussed, which would provide legislative consideration by local voters to determine whether residents support a reunification effort with residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Man shoots neighbor in the foot during argument

    Man shoots neighbor in the foot during argument

    He reportedly told police he fired several gunshots up into the air to scare off his neighbors. One of those bullets, however, hit a man's foot. Herman Reyes Quichocho, 62, is behind bars charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, both with a sMore >>
    He reportedly told police he fired several gunshots up into the air to scare off his neighbors. One of those bullets, however, hit a man's foot. Herman Reyes Quichocho, 62, is behind bars charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, both with a sMore >>
  • UOG men's basketball team holding tryouts

    UOG men's basketball team holding tryouts

    The UOG men's basketball team will be holding tryouts next Tuesday January 22nd at the UOG Calvo Field House. Tryouts will start at 7:00 pm, players selected will be hitting the court for the upcoming spring season scheduled to begin on January 28th. CurrMore >>
    The UOG men's basketball team will be holding tryouts next Tuesday January 22nd at the UOG Calvo Field House. Tryouts will start at 7:00 pm, players selected will be hitting the court for the upcoming spring season scheduled to begin on January 28th. CurrMore >>
  • Police trying to find parents of 4-year-old girl found in Yigo

    Police trying to find parents of 4-year-old girl found in Yigo

    The Guam Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find the parents of a four-year-old girl that was found at around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon at FB Leon Guerrero Middle School by staff. The child is described as possibly 4-years-old and pMore >>
    The Guam Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find the parents of a four-year-old girl that was found at around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon at FB Leon Guerrero Middle School by staff. The child is described as possibly 4-years-old and pMore >>
Powered by Frankly