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Rota Republicans file candidacies

ACTING Gov. Victor B. Hocog and the other Rota Republican candidates filed their candidacies on Wednesday morning.

Hocog is running for a Senate seat in Rota on a slate that includes Mayor Efraim Atalig, House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita and another senatorial candidate, former Rota Department of Public Safety resident director Felix Santos.

Joining them at the Commonwealth Election Commission office were GOP Rota president Laura Manglona, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios and Rep. Angel Demapan, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress.

Palacios, the running-mate of Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres, said he and the other GOP candidates on Saipan and Tinian will file their candidacies together during the first week of August.

He said the Rota candidates decided to file early because of  flight-service issues.

“It’s hard to get a flight, and that’s why they all decided to file ahead of time,” he added.

Hocog was Senate president when he became lt. governor in Dec. 2015 following the death of Gov. Eloy S. Inos who was succeeded by then-Lt. Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres.

Hocog said he decided to run for the Senate again because he wants to continue what he and Torres have started in improving the livelihood of the people of Rota.

Senatorial candidate Felix Santos, House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita, Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog Rep. Angel Demapan, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios, Rota GOP president Laura Manglona and Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig at the election commission office on Wednesday morning.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaSenatorial candidate Felix Santos, House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita, Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog Rep. Angel Demapan, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios, Rota GOP president Laura Manglona and Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig at the election commission office on Wednesday morning. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

He said there are a lot of ways to improve the economy on Rota if leaders work together as a team.

Mayor Atalig, who is seeking a second term, said he will continue doing what he has been doing for the people of Rota and that is to improve their lives.

He said working closely with the administration has created economic activity on Rota.

“We promised a salary increase for all employees and that was delivered and fulfilled. We promised a good economy and that has happened in the CNMI. We are now experiencing an upswing in the economy.”

House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita, who is seeking a third term, said he will continue to work hard to do what is best for the people of Rota.

He said there are still a lot of things that need to be done for Rota and there are still a lot of issues that need to be resolved. “It’s all about working together and working as a team to create good results.”

Senatorial candidate Felix Santos said he, too, is a believer in  team work. If elected, Santos said his priority would be working on the issues that Rota faces such as medical referrals and the lack of air service.

He said he is for “government ethics, transparency and accountability.”