CNMI Senator Paul Manglona Takes Up Rota Seat

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Manglona sworn in by governor, replaces Juan Ayuyu

By Emmanuel T. Erediano

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 20, 2013) – Northern Marianas Senator Paul A. Manglona joined yesterday’s Senate session after Gov. Eloy S. Inos sworn him in.

Manglona who lost to Senate Vice President Victor B. Hocog in the November 2012 election was appointed by Inos after the local Supreme Court ruled that the CNMI Constitution refers to the most recent election as the one from which the unsuccessful candidate should be chosen to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Juan M. Ayuyu.

Inos also wrote Senate President Ralph DLG Torres, R-Rota, affirming that Sen. Joaquin H. Borja was properly appointed to fill the vacancy of now, Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider because Borja was the unsuccessful candidate in the Nov. 2012 elections.

Borja was first appointed on the basis of the Nov. 2009 election.

In an interview after swearing in Manglona, Inos said the first senatorial district now has complete representation in the Senate.

"Now Rota is fully represented in the Senate. And there is more representation in the Senate in general," the governor said.

He added that it shows the process is working.

The CNMI, he said, has been through several events that brought it close to experiencing a constitutional crisis "but we have been able to overcome that."

He believes that "we have reached a point of political maturity and this is what I guess the framers of the Constitution anticipated. I am happy with the way things are going."

Manglona told Variety in a separate interview, "I am honored to once again serve the people of the commonwealth, particularly the people of Rota."

He said he will make sure the Senate works closely with the House and the governor to find solutions to the economic problems of the CNMI, including creating jobs for its people.

"I need to focus my attention next year on what we can do to improve the economy and provide jobs for people and see what we can do as far as the NMI Retirement Fund issues which continue to be a major concern among the people," he said.

He said one of the ways to improve the economy is to address the Article 12 issue "and I am going to see what we can do to increase the leasehold interest term or revisit Article 12 in its entirety, which I think is critical."

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