Marianas Variety

Last updateThu, 23 Aug 2018 12am

Headlines:

     

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018-11:36:27P.M.

     

     

     

     

     

Font Size

Settings

American Samoa delegate visits Saipan

U.S. Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen of American Samoa was on Saipan over the weekend for a short visit and was the guest speaker at the Precinct 3 meet-and-greet event on Friday.

She arrived on Thursday and met with CNMI officials on Friday.

At the Precinct 3 meet-and-greet event, she shook hands with residents and posed for photos with them.

She said as a Republican, she wants to show her support for the NMI Republican leadership headed by Gov. Ralph Torres and his running-mate, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios.

“Why I am here? It’s because I am a Republican, and I am proud to call myself a Republican. Why am I a Republican? It’s because I believe in the Republican philosophy. It’s close to my thinking: strong national defense and traditional values. I am also here to thank you guys for your awesome work. You are amazing. It’s good to be home,” she said in her remarks.

Radewagan is the daughter of Peter Tali Coleman, the first person of Samoan descent to be appointed governor of American Samoa and who later became the territory’s first popularly elected governor.

Coleman also served as district administrator of the Marianas in the Trust Territory government and its deputy high commissioner.

In her remarks on Friday, Radewagen said in the U.S. Congress, she will continue to help the CNMI and work with its leaders so that their common issues will be addressed in the nation’s capital.

U.S. Congresswoman Amata Radewagen, 5th right, poses with former Rep. Ralph Yumul, Rep. Donald Barcinas, Rep. BJ Attao, Rep. Frank Dela Cruz, Senate President Arnold Palacios, first lady Diann Torres, Reps. Joe Itibus, Angel Demapan, Ivan Blanco and Joe Deleon Guerrero.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaU.S. Congresswoman Amata Radewagen, 5th right, poses with former Rep. Ralph Yumul, Rep. Donald Barcinas, Rep. BJ Attao, Rep. Frank Dela Cruz, Senate President Arnold Palacios, first lady Diann Torres, Reps. Joe Itibus, Angel Demapan, Ivan Blanco and Joe Deleon Guerrero. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

A member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, which has jurisdiction over issues involving the territories, she vowed to help the CNMI resolve its workforce issue.

Senate President Palacios said Radewagen is aware of the islands’ workforce issued and will help push the passage of the CNMI workforce bill now pending in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Precinct 3 lawmakers said they were honored by her presence and grateful for her support.

The Precinct 3 Republican candidates are Rep. Ivan Blanco, Rep. Frank Dela Cruz, Rep. Joe Itibus, Rep. Donald Barcinas, Rep. BJ Attao and former Rep. Ralph Yumul.

Also attending the event were other GOP candidates including Rep. John Paul Sablan, Rep. Larry Deleon Guerrero, Rep. Greg Sablan Jr., Speaker Ralph Demapan  and Rep. Joe Deleon Guerrero, who is running for senator.

House Minority Leader Edmund Villagomez, an Independent candidate in Precinct 3, also showed up.

Gov. Ralph Torres was there to show his support for the Republican Precinct 3 candidates but left early for other engagements.

Radewagen left Saipan on Sunday, headed to Guam for the University of Guam’s graduation ceremony.