American Samoa Governor Released From Washington Hospital

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Lolo’s return to territory uncertain

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, March 1, 2014) – The governor’s executive assistance Iulogologo Joseph Pereira says Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga was "discharged" yesterday afternoon from George Washington University Hospital. "He is doing well," Iulogologo said in a statement via email from Washington D.C. yesterday afternoon.

Lolo was admitted to the hospital last week Friday for an unknown illness and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga had assured the territory that Lolo was recovering well and plans to return home next Monday, if there are no follow up medical checks.

It was unclear from Iulogologo’s statement whether or not the governor still plans to return Monday or has any follow-ups with the doctors.

Meanwhile, Iulogologo says the governor and his delegation didn’t meet with Congressman Faleomavaega Eni, whose chief legal counsel Ta’afili Ioane Sagapolutele Jr. represented the Congressman at the Interagency Group on Insular Areas meeting on Tuesday this week in D.C.

(Faleomavaega had issued a statement this week saying that he has directed his legal counsel to represent him at the IGIA meeting, to present the Congressman’s position on various issues. See yesterday’s edition for more details)

Iulogologo says the legal counsel "articulated clearly the issues that Governor Lolo and Congressman Faleomavaega have been working on jointly to be advanced at the Congressional and Federal level such as the Buy American Act, the Minimum Wage, the federal 30A tax incentive replacement scheme and others."

Before the governor fell ill, Iulogologo says Lolo took steps to advance further the joint project with the Congressman setting up National Guard unit in American Samoa by meeting last week with Colonel Robert "Randy" Huston who has committed to the Governor that he will "champion our cause" in the Department of Defense "to ensure that the Congressional mandated feasibility study is conducted and completed by June of this year."

"We are currently working collaboratively with Congressman Faleomavega's staff on preparing our minimum wage justification package and a 30A tax incentive replacement scheme as a tool to attract investment into the Territory. These issues are being advanced in DC," he added.

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