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Begging for mercy: Guma Trankilidat residents want to remain in Tumon

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Guma Trankilidat-home for the disabled and elderly? Or potential gold mine for GovGuam? Residents of the facility in Tumon Bay begging GHURA and the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration for mercy. 

Guma Trankilidat resident Rosario Sison, 93, saw our story about GHURA Director Ray Topasna's plans to cash in on GHURA gold mines like her longtime home.

Topasna said GHURA residents wouldn't be happy with the administration's plans and he was right - residents of the facility weren't happy. They were hurt.

"Let these people have a heart for we old people," Sison said.

The Tumon resident said she's been through this before. Years ago, Guma Trankilidat was also a hot topic but plans for a project there were nixed by pressure from residents and then Sens. Frank Aguon Jr. and Ben Pangelinan.

"I've stayed here now for 25 years in this unit and I love it." Sison told KUAM News. "Maybe it has prolonged my life because of the environment here."



Sison's neighbor, 89-year-old Napoleon Canete said Guma Trankilidat provides a peaceful place for those living in the twilight years.

"I'm almost 90 years old I'm just waiting for the lord when he will get me I hope I can be living here the entire time of my life," he said.

But Topasna said relocating public housing and GumaTrankilidat is part of the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration's plan to make money off million dollar properties. He added housing manamko' and low-income families is not the best use for GHURA properties.

But isn't that GHURA's primary mission - to house and shelter the economically and socially disadvantaged?

"It's certainly not the highest and best use to be used in its current state -which is public housing," Topasna said. "We can build public housing elsewhere or anywhere else doesn't necessarily have to have a million dollar view and doesn't have to necessarily be down in Tumon Bay."

Gov. Lou leon Guerrero told KUAM News GHURA properties are, "just laying there doing nothing."

But the residents we talked to said Guma Trankilidat is providing a safe, comfortable way of life for those near the end of their lives.

"Your heart must be big enough to look on us with your mercy and compassion," Sison said.



Meanwhile, Canete said if no one will stick up for the manamko the residents aren't left with many options.

"GHURA is the owner of the property, so whatever they want on the property there's nothing we can do," he said.

One caretaker for a resident here told KUAM news the residents of Guma Trankilidat were informed of the administration's plans for the property during the first week of the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration. While GHURA and the administration are talking the prime properties, no one is really talking about the people these decisions will affect. This has Sison asking GovGuam for a little consideration.

"Look down on us with mercy and compassion because we are all elderly here just waiting for our time," she said.

A KUAM news review of the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio campaign platform on housing shows the administration plans to sell existing GHURA public housing and use the money to build public housing apartments.

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