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Precinct 5 House independent withdraws candidacy

INDEPENDENT House candidate for Precinct 5 Joseph Muna Mendiola withdrew his candidacy because he failed to meet the residency requirement.

Mendiola submitted a letter of withdrawal to the Commonwealth Election Commission on Wednesday.

Joseph Muna Mendiola

In an interview, he said he had not established residency on Saipan for at least three years as required by law.

Mendiola said he was short by a year and eight months.

He said he was a bonafide resident of Kagman, but he moved to Guam and lived there for five years before returning to Saipan.

On Guam, he said he worked for Pernix, a military contractor.

Mendiola said he was supposed to appear before the election commission on Aug. 15, but decided not to wait for that day to learn whether he could run or not.

He said he respects the law and will not violate it. He will try his luck again in the next elections.

Mendiola said he wanted to run because he wants to help the people especially the residents of Kagman.

He said his campaign slogan is, “People first before anything else.”

He said he is also frustrated that the Kanat Tabla road has not been fixed.

But Precinct 5 Rep. Larry Deleon Guerrero said the Kanat Tabla road problem is now being addressed through funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.