Dignitaries Confirmed For Memorial Of Late CNMI Governor

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Inos’s family requests that no state funeral be held

By Dennis B. Chan

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Jan. 7, 2016) – Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, federal officials, lawmakers, a three star general, and other leaders from off-island have been confirmed to attend the late governor Eloy S. Inos’ funeral on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

[PIR editor’s note: On Jan. 6, 2016 Marianas Variety reported that ‘The commonwealth government will not hold a state funeral for its first governor to die in office. ... On Tuesday, Press Secretary Ivan Blanco said a tribute and memorial service will be held instead to honor late Gov. Eloy S. Inos who passed away in Seattle, Washington on Dec. 29, 2015. He was 66. ... He said the Inos family has requested a simple and private memorial service.’]

More than a dozen dignitaries will be arriving from off-island next week to attend Inos’ funeral, according to a list provided by Office of the Governor press secretary Ivan Blanco yesterday.

Aside from Calvo and staff, other dignitaries set to arrive include Office of Insular Affairs Assistant Secretary Esther Kia’aina, Federated States of Micronesia Vice President Yosiwo George and executive staff, Republic of Palau Vice President Antonio Bells and staff, and State of Yap Lt. Gov. James Yangtemai.

Other dignitaries include Jerome Ierome who will be representing the American Samoa governor, former Guam governor Felix Camacho and his wife JoAnn Camacho, Lt. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, a three-star general and the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, as well as several U.S Coast Guard captains and lieutenants.

Guam Senate president Judith WonPat has also confirmed her attendance, as well as Guam mayors Melissa Savares of Dededo and Carol Tayama of Agat.

Yangtemai also paid a courtesy visit to the new administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog yesterday. He expressed condolences for Inos’ passing and heard thanks from Torres for Yap’s support during post-Typhoon Soudelor recovery, with the Yapese linemen that flew over to help the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. rebuild.

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