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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, April 2) - Guam's airport
agency is considering selling 11 bronze, life-size statues of former governors
now that its new management has shifted priorities from a high-spending past.

The agency plans to keep a 12th statue, that of former
Congressman Antonio B. Won Pat, in whose honor Guam's international airport
terminal was named.

The airport got the idea to possibly sell the rest of the
statues after Philip J. Flores, BankPacific president and chief executive
officer, sent a written offer yesterday to buy the statue of his father, former
Gov. Joseph Flores, said Rolenda Lujan Faasuamalie, the airport's marketing

She said the agency is exploring ways to put a price on each
statue if the family of any of the former governors is interested in buying.

The Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport Authority ordered
the 12 statues at a cost of $2.1 million as part of a plan to either display the
statues in an airport VIP lounge, or decorate the airport terminal with sitting,
life-size statues of former Guam governors.

The statues are being made in South Korea.

The Won Pat statue is 90 percent complete while the rest of the
statues are in various stages -- between 75 and 85 percent complete, according
to agency records.

Partial payments for the statues have been made but the new
airport management has halted further payments, Faasuamalie said.

Without additional funding, the statues may remain unfinished.

April 2, 2003

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