GUAM AG FIRM AGAINST GOVERNOR’S $220 MILLION BOND

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 19) - Guam’s
Attorney-General said he will continue to object to a bond bill totaling more
than US$220 despite government warnings that it will might have to close down
without it.

Douglas Moylan has refused to approve the bill, which will let
the government borrow on the bond market, because he said the amount exceeds the
island’s limit.

The Governor, Felix Camacho, is now canvassing lawmakers to
create a definition for aggregate tax valuation before taking his case to the
Supreme Court.

Moylan said the government should make cuts and find other ways
of getting money.

He disputed government remarks that he is not fulfilling his
role.

"If I did not speak out on this issue then I would be
violating a fundamental responsibility of my office, which is to protect the
public interest," he said. "The attorney general is the watchdog and a
safety valve for government officials. And I think that's where they may have
difficulty reconciling our positions. They don't believe that the governor
should be second-guessed. Well, I beg to differ."

June 20, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

 

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