by Jolene Toves
Guam - Former Chamorro Land Trust Commission board chair Oscar Calvo went up for another confirmation hearing this afternoon. Calvo was nominated to the Port Authority of Guam board and asked lawmakers to be fair. His previous nomination to remain on the CLTC board never made it to session floor. Calvo said he had to file a Freedom of Information Act request to get the committee report on his nomination where he learned Senator Ben Pangelinan was the lone senator opposed to his nomination. The nominee said he wanted to make sure that he wasn't "used" by the legislature this second time as he didn't deserve to be treated that way.
"I want to make sure that whoever comes up for here for aboard, whether it be PUAG board give that same person that same chance because I think when you guys went up for election, the people of Guam voted you but didn't say just be specific and only vote for a democrat or a republican. Whether you didn't like the person the option is there. There's only 15 votes to be cast," he said.
Several people spoke in favor of his testimony including port general manager Joanne Brown who commended the nominee for being outspoken, dedicated, and fair.
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