HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 18) – Noted activist and Guam lawmaker Angel L.G. Santos left a big mark on his homeland before passing away July 6 at the age of 44. Here is a snapshot of his career:

1991: Angel L.G. Santos becomes president of United Chamorro Chelus for Independence Association, a group protesting the federal government's taking of Ritidian as a wildlife refuge. The group also goes to Hotel Row in Tumon to protest the lack of war reparations for Guam victims of the Japanese occupation.

1992: Santos and other Chamoru Nation activists camp out at Adelup for more than a month to protest Gov. Joseph Ada's failure to implement the Chamorro Land Trust Act. Santos and the Chamoru Nation sue Gov. Joseph Ada for Ada's failure to implement the Chamorro Land Trust Act.

August 1992: Santos is arrested after scaling a fence at Naval Air Station in Barrigada and spitting at Navy security officers and reporters while protesting Navy training flights over populated areas.

1994-1997: Santos is elected as senator. In 1995, Santos goes on a hunger strike over land issues. In 1997, he announces he will run for governor.

September 1998: Santos loses his bid for governor in the Democratic Primary against incumbent Gov. Carl Gutierrez. Santos is later arrested after being barred by police from entering the building where the Guam Election Commission counted ballots. He subsequently sued the commission, alleging it violated open meetings laws when counting the General Election ballots. That suit was dismissed.

September 1998: Santos and Sen. Mark Charfauros light a political firestorm by playing an audiotape alleging federal housing money was misused after Supertyphoon Paka.

April 1999: Charges are dropped against Santos and several others who were arrested after protesting the drop in prosecutions by the attorney general's office.

July 1999: More than a dozen canisters containing chemical weapon test kits are found on property in Mongmong belonging to Santos' uncle.

October 1999: Turns himself in to U.S. marshals after violating a 1993 court order to stay off Air Force land in Dededo. Santos contended the property belonged to his grandfather and he was occupying the land in protest of the federal government's failure to return the land to the families of original landowners.

January 2000: District Judge John Unpingco sentences Santos to the maximum six months in federal prison for contempt of court after Santos cleared the Dededo land.

July 2000: Santos returns to Guam after serving his sentence in California.

November 2000: Santos is re-elected as senator. Santos loses his appeal of the contempt conviction in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but one judge questions some of Judge Unpingco's statements in the case.

March 2001: Santos meets detained Chinese sect leader Zhang Hongbao at the Department of Corrections. "I, too, am a human rights activist," Santos said. "We were both prisoners of conscience."

December 2002: Speaker Tony Unpingco, R-Santa Rita, publicly announces that Santos is ill and urges fellow lawmakers to keep him in their prayers.

July 6, 2003: Angel Santos dies at the age of 44.

July 18, 2003

Pacific Daily News: 


Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment