by Mindy Aguon
Guam - An FBI National Academy graduate who also previously served as the Guam Police Department's officer in charge of the Internal Affairs Division has been tapped to conduct an independent investigation of police officers' alleged involvement in the Blue House Lounge operations. Police Chief Fred Bordallo announced the appointment of Lieutenant Lawrence Quichocho.
Quichocho is currently assigned to the office of the police commander and was deputized with full authority to investigate allegations that officers "Tony" and "Mario" frequented the establishment and were aware of the prostitution that was happening at the bar. A former worker testified that Tony and Mario and another officer would come into the bar regularly.
Quichocho has also been tasked to further investigate the actions of Police Officer David Q. Manila, who admitted during the trial that he paid $40 for a drink and had sex with one of the workers. He also testified that the owner, Song Ja Cha, asked him to tell one of the workers that she could not leave the bar until she had paid off her debt to Cha.
The police department stresses that Quichocho is not closely related to Officer Manila and was not part of the Tumon-Tamuning Precinct at the time the Blue House Lounge was in operation. B
Chief Bordallo had previously maintained that there was no cover up with regard to a police investigation into the alleged involvement of officers. However on Thursday, he was ordered by Governor Eddie Calvo to disclose all details of the case and announced that he would be heeding the call of Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio by conducting further review of the matter. The chief has ordered all GPD officers to submit to any questioning and comply with the investigation.
He warns that any officer who fails to do so will be subject to adverse action and charges of obstruction of