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Rota mayor says court case will not hamper his ‘service to the people’

ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig, who is seeking a second term, said his court case will not hinder him from continuing to serve his constituents.

“To the people of Rota, both on island and abroad, despite my court issue, I will continue to serve you,” the mayor said in a statement.

Efraim M. Atalig

He said he has the passion to serve the people without self-enrichment.

“As you all know, I came from a poor family and learned to live with what God has provided us to this day,” Atalig said.

He reminded his constituents that since he became mayor in Jan. 2015, “we have placed over 60 political hires on permanent work status — no other administration comes close.”

Atalig said his administration has increased the workforce in all departments, especially Public Safety and Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and established the first ever police academy on island.

In addition, he said a pay hike was implemented in all departments.

Moreover, he said his administration created programs for the youth and older adults and held community activities including the Coconut Festival, Aluf Luta, the Fourth of July celebration and many others.

He said he has privatized beautification projects and created new tourism attractions such as the “Freedom is Nature” trail in Sabana while improving the Wedding Cake mountain trail and the grotto on behalf of late Kelvin T. Atalig.

Atalig said there are lots of improvements on Rota.

“Stay the course. Don’t stop believing, Still the One, one people, one Marianas, one love,” he told his constituents.

The mayor was indicted on one count of wire fraud, and his jury trial in federal court starts on Jan. 15, 2019 at 10 a.m.  According to the prosecution, he used public funds to attend a political gathering on Guam.

In CNMI Superior Court he and his resident directors were charged with theft and misconduct in public office.