Guam - Governor Eddie Baza Calvo is commenting on last week's incident at Untalan Middle School when Customs Major Philip Taijeron rushed to the Tiyan school after his daughter called him saying she was bullied by another student. Taijeron is accused of yelling and threatening teachers, staff and students. He issued an apology for his actions Sunday afternoon. His wife is Sen. Mana Silva Taijeron who is seeking re-election in tomorrow's General Election.
Governor Calvo said the following:
"Like any parent would be, I am concerned about the incident at Untalan Middle School. I know Philip Taijeron. He is a man who reacted forcefully to defend his daughter. How he dealt with the situation crossed the line and he recognizes that. The proper officials are looking into what happened and I want to assure everyone that justice will be served.
I also understand that this situation comes right before the election, and considering that Philip is married to Sen. Mana Silva Taijeron, this will obviously generate more discussion.
Nobody is perfect. People make mistakes. Good people own up to their mistakes and accept the consequences, as Philip is willing to do. I know Mana and I know she is a good person. Many times when I have called for meetings when her husband was deployed, Mana would bring her kids with her to my office. She was playing both mom and dad.
The Mana I know has made very good decisions. The Mana I know stands up for struggling families. She was by my side when we fought to pay tax refunds. She has been the most staunch advocate for our men and women in public safety. She's been a defender of public education, herself being a mother of public school children.
As the people of Guam go to the polls tomorrow, I ask that you judge Mana and all her colleagues by their record and their willingness to support what matters most to Guamanians. Yes, her husband made a mistake, but I hope that doesn't' erase all the good things she's done and that she wants to do for Guam."