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DOA deputy: Democratic Party statement “Misguided”

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Department of Administration Deputy Director Vince Arriola responds to a press release sent Saturday night by the Democratic Party of Guam to island media following last night’s special session.

In that press release the Democratic Party stated Arriola “a lifelong Democrat admitted that the closure of Police and fire stations was—‘The Governor’s Call.’  Following questions by Senator Régine Biscoe Lee, Mr. Arriola admitted that DOA had cash in the bank and that the Governor had near absolute authority to manage that cash—even claiming that the Legislature could not have read-only access to public bank accounts as required by law.”

Arriola, in an interview with KUAM said the press release was “totally misguided”. He said his statements were “taken out of context and misunderstood by the Democratic Party of Guam”.  He said of course it’s the Governor’s call, “if the Democratic Party of Guam can’t understand that, that’s pretty surprising because they’ve got four candidates running for Governor, if they have no idea how this government of Guam runs maybe they shouldn’t be running”.

Arriola added discussions have been ongoing for over 30 days now on how to handle the government’s financial crisis and we haven’t seen anything come out of the Legislature.


DOA Deputy On the Closure of Police and Fire Stations:  ‘It’s the Governor’s Call’

Hagåtña, Guam – ? ‘The Democratic Party of Guam is thankful that someone is capable of telling the truth in the Calvo Tenorio Administration.  After a series of questions proffered by Acting Speaker Therese Terlaje, the Deputy Director of DOA—a lifelong Democrat admitted that the closure of Police and fire stations was—‘The Governor’s Call.’  Following questions by Senator Régine Biscoe Lee, Mr. Arriola admitted that DOA had cash in the bank and that the Governor had near absolute authority to manage that cash—even claiming that the Legislature could not have read-only access to public bank accounts as required by law.

We are thankful for Mr. Arriola’s courage.  It takes a great deal of strength to tell the truth in the current administration.  As the Calvo Tenorio administration relentlessly pursues a tax increase with midnight sessions and half-truths we implore all Leaders to remember this is the administration who knowingly claimed fake furloughs to hold the People’s Branch hostage.

We know that a great deal of pressure will be applied to Mr. Arriola to recant the statements he made under oath but we believe in him.

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