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Esteves wants to clear the air about base protest

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The issue of a Freedom of Information Act request filed against Senator Fernando Esteves surrounds the type of action taken by the Guam Guard against the senator, who blocked the road at Andersen Air Force Base. The senator says he wants to clear the misconception - the reason being that he protested the firing range at Andersen? Guam's source of fresh water.

"A lot of times it's misconstrued as being antimilitary, which it's not," he began. "The core issue with the live firing range was the protection of the aquifer." In response to the senator blocking the road, former Senator, Bob Klitzkie used the Freedom of Information Act under the Sunshine Law, to ask the National Guard for Public Records on how they dealt with Senator Esteves' action. But he has still received no answers.

"I have not received papers from General [Roderick] Leon Guerrero, who says there is a balancing test balancing the public interest and Esteves's privacy interest," said Klitzkie. "There's a lot of inconsistencies there, I asked for papers and public records that would explain or answer these things I don't think it's appropriate for both of them to hide in the bushes after that."

And while Klitzkie waits to hear back from the guard, Senator Esteves that being a link in the human chain that blocked Andersen AFB was morally justifiable. 

"Klitzke and Barry Mead are coming at me, but when I go out to the Public people I have dozens of people approach me thanking me," Esteves said. "To be honest, I'm fairly indifferent, I've accepted that whatever consequences come do come, if they come, I'll accept it. And so we can continue going around this loop.

"But I'm over it."

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