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Manglona takes responsibility for miscue

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz says if you want us to take you seriously then provide us with accurate information. He's referring to Benita Manglona who is serving dual roles as directors of BBMR and the Department of Administration. Manglona on Monday spoke before island Rrotarians reflecting on how she feels she and her staff were treated during last Thursday's budget and oversight hearings.

Manglona told Rrotarians she was not brought up to speak in anger or be flamboyant and that she was not used to the theatrics at the legislature. Vice Speaker Cruz was critical of Manglona during last week's oversight hearing citing a $14 million error in a financial report. Today he said that with all due respect to Manglona and the administration as a whole "you can't expect the legislature to take your $36 million supplemental budget proposal seriously if you do not provide accurate and timely information needed to make  such an important decision," he added that his criticisms are in no way an indictment of anyone's hard work but a plea for reliable information.

Manglona apologized for the mistake and took full responsibility for it. Before Rotarians however she questioned how the $14 million error was the impetus for an oversight hearing and public witch hunt, but yet certain senators knew about how GovGuam's health insurance rates were going to go up before the budget was passed last year and failed to do anything about it and yet there probably won't be an investigation into that.

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