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Troy Torres now wants Tenorio's deputy chief of staff investigated

Posted: May 11, 2018 5:05 PM Updated:

He's making headlines...again. The Guam Election Commission confirms it has received a complaint from Governor Eddie Calvo's former director of communications, Troy Torres. The complaint - emailed to the GEC at around 3am Friday and copied to island media - requests to conduct an investigation into board member Jadeen Tuncap, who is also the deputy chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio.

Torres alleges that Tuncap personally visited the home of a well known supporter of Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr.'s, asking for the supporter to relay a message to tell the lawmaker to vote in favor of the governor's tax hike bill, or he would not sign his - now-running mate - Dave Cruz's personnel contract to teach ROTC students at JFK High School.  Torres insinuates the contract needed to be signed in order for Cruz to be removed as a DOE classified employee, so that his candidacy would not violate the Mini-Hatch act.

Torres not only wants an investigation into Tuncap but is also calling for Lt. Governor Tenorio to be disqualified as a gubernatorial candidate.  Senator Rodriguez did not vote in favor of the tax bill, although it passed by a 8-7 vote.

This latest allegation follows a string of late night and early morning letters to island leaders alleging corruption by Adelup. One of the latest ones came just minutes before last week's one Guam gubernatorial debate in which he alleged that he did drugs with Lt. Governor candidate Josh Tenorio and later also with Lt. Governor Tenorio.

Both of whom have strongly denied the allegations. Torres began making the allegations after his Latte Heights home was raided and he - along with two others- were subsequently arrested. No charges however have been filed and instead Torres was issued a notice to appear in court in 2021.

After his arrest, Torres resigned as the campaign chairman for Senator Rodriguez Gubernatorial bid.

As for this latest complaint, GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan tells KUAM she has sent it to their legal counsel and to commissioner to determine whether the GEC or the Civil Service Commission will investigate.

In response, Adelup issued the following: “These recent allegations from Troy Torres moves from distortion to outright lies. 

 
Senator Rodriguez reached out to the Governor for help with David Cruz’s contract, and the Governor agreed to this,  only after it went through the  approval process of DOE and the Attorney Generals Office. 
 
* The Governor signed the contract on March 8. 
* The Rodriguez-Cruz camp made their official announcement to run for Governor and Lieutenant Governor on March 10.
* The vote on Bill 248 took place on March 15, with a "no" vote from the senator. 
 
The factual timeline above refutes Torres’ claims. 
 
This is an individual who is admitted to drug use, subject to an ongoing criminal investigation, and who continues to feed media with unconfirmed lies. 
 
We ask  that Sen. Rodriguez, for the record, state what role, paid or unpaid, Troy plays in his campaign and if none, that he ask his former campaign manager to stop using his good name and the good name of David Cruz to perpetuate lies about good people. 
 
Moving forward, we also ask that  media engaging in potentially defamatory reports from non credible sources, to responsibly vet facts and consider sources prior to publishing stories of this nature.”
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