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House Democratic candidate says governor should address IPI issues

THE Democratic House candidate for Precinct 1 wants Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres to talk about Imperial Pacific International’s financial condition in his State of Commonwealth Address which is set to be delivered Tuesday at the multi-purpose center in Susupe.

In an interview on Sunday, Glenn Manglona noted IPI’s announcement of a delay in payroll, and said the governor should tell the truth about it.

Glenn Manglona

“I want him to be upfront and find out exactly what the situation is with IPI,” Manglona said. “We’re talking about the livelihood of the people here — our people. We don’t know if the employees are getting paid on time. What we want to know is whether those people who did not get paid… have been partially paid. If not, I want them to report it to the U.S. Department of Labor….  So I ask the governor to address this problem and to include these concerns in his State of the Commonwealth Address. We all want to know the real situation and the people deserve to know.”

Manglona said he shares the sentiments of his fellow opposition candidates who doubt the sustainability of the Saipan casino industry.

He said with all the reports of IPI’s unpaid obligations to its vendors and to its contractor,  Pacific Rim, and the uncertainty on whether the construction of the casino-hotel will be completed, “everything is in limbo right now and this is a big concern that must be addressed immediately.”

On Friday, Imperial Pacific said it had experienced transfer problems in connection with funding the company’s payroll for the Aug. 17, 2018 pay-period. “Despite the issue, the company paid over 2,000 of its hourly employees on time…Friday. Salaried employees will be paid within the week.  Imperial Pacific  intends to meet our obligations and asks for the community’s continued support, patience and understanding.”