Only the mayor has the authority to appoint a municipal planning council - even if that mayor is behind bars. That's the gist of a legal opinion given to the Mayors Council of Guam.

Mayors had asked the Office of the Attorney General if they "had the authority to appoint an MPC in the absence of a mayor from office" because they had sought to swear in a 10-member MPC since Yona mayor had failed to do so since taking office.

Assistant AG Andrew Quenga replied no. Mayors had also asked if the Yona Mayor Jesse Blas being jailed causes a "vacancy" in his office requiring a special election.

The AG's office, however, said it cannot "definitively" answer that question.

Blas remains in custody after being indicted on federal charges of extortion and bribery related to drug trafficking.