Inos Model Of Integrity, Devotion To Public Service: CNMI House

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

Resolution honoring late Governor recognizes contributions

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Jan. 7, 2016) – The House of Representatives will adopt a resolution honoring and acknowledging the contributions of the late Gov. Eloy S. Inos to the commonwealth and to its people.

House Resolution 19-38 was authored by Rep Angel Demapan and will be introduced by the Committee of the Whole. It states that Inos’s "purposeful career and worthy endeavors contributed to the quality and character of life in the CNMI."

According to the resolution, Inos "embodied all the characteristics of a true statesman such as intelligence, humility and kindness with a vision that made it possible for him to overcome obstacles and cross political lines to unite the leaders in order to take the government out of its economic decline, save the pensions of the retirees and their beneficiaries and lead the people to the path of economic recovery and growth."

As an "experienced and charismatic leader," Inos "used his financial expertise and political insight to invite new investors, businesses and visitors to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands notwithstanding the existing trials and tribulations of the island."

The resolution noted that President Obama called Inos "a tireless advocate for the Northern Mariana Islands and its people."

The House said despite serious challenges to his health, Inos "never succumbed to his illness and relentlessly served the people of the commonwealth — he represented the people with honor and dignity and served as an advocate of the people who fought for their rights and sought to protect and preserve the lands that the people of the NMI cherish."

The resolution added, "The Commonwealth of the NMI wishes to honor the legacy of the Honorable Gov. Eloy Inos that will long serve as a model of integrity and devotion to public service; it is with hope that future generations understand and appreciate his benevolence, the merit of his causes, and the quality of his service that he has relentlessly shown to the citizens of our great commonwealth for over 30 years."

Inos, 66, passed away Dec. 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington while recovering from open heart surgery.

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