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Leon Guerrero defends decision to have Dan Tydingco sit on airport board

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In the latest with the rather-heated confirmation hearing for airport board nominee Dan Tydingco, KUAM showed you the emotional testimony Friday given between fired port workers and even the former port general manger Senator Mary Torres. They expressed opposition to Tydingco, former Port Authority chairman, to sit on the GIAA board.

During the hearing, Senator Torres questioned his integrity and ability to justly serve on a board.

Sen. Torres said, "I further call into question his integrity and ability to justly serve on a board as critical as that of GIAA. I have nothing to lose or gain by his confirmation. I simply believe to sit here in silence would not only neglect my duties as a member of this committee but would act as a great disservice for our people."

However, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero today defended her nominee, saying, "I nominated Dan Tydingco because I felt that he would be a good person to the airport authority. He is a very smart guy and been around and I am just going to let the process go through. The senators need to do their due diligence and make their decision."

Much of the push back was that Tydingco led the Port board at the time several Port employees lost their jobs after they were found to have allegedly made illegal payments to a co-worker for her workman's compensation claim. The case has been ongoing for several years in the Civil Service Commission.

No indictments have ever been handed down.

Despite the controversy during the hearing, Tydingco told senators he looks forward to serving as a board member and ensuring the airport operates efficiently.

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