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Rota delegation confirms Cannabis Commission nominee

THE Rota Legislative Delegation on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Thomas Songsong as Rota’s representative to the Cannabis Commission.

Songsong is the second commissioner to be confirmed, following Lawrence Duponcheel, who was confirmed by the Tinian Legislative Delegation.

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Thomas Songsong, second left, poses with Senate Vice President Steve Mesngon, Sen. Terry Santos, House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita and Julie Manglona after Songsong’s confirmation as cannabis commissioner.  Contributed photo

The nominees from Saipan and the Northern Islands are Matthew Deleon Guerrero, Nadine Deleon Guerrero and Valentino Taisacan Jr. They are scheduled to appear before the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation next week for their confirmation.

Songsong has worked for the Department of Lands and Natural Resources as Luta Soil & Water Conservation coordinator and animal industry technician.

 He was a field artillery surveyor for the U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, and has over six years of military experience with the U.S. Marine Corps aviation ordnance and U.S. Army artillery units.

Sen. Teresita Santos said with Songsong’s experience and knowledge, she is confident he will serve Rota well on the Cannabis Commission.

“He has an impressive résumé, having undergone many training sessions while serving in various capacities and receiving numerous recognitions,” Santos said.

“Having the opportunity to work with Tom for several years, and as someone who is familiar with his keen foresight and knowledge, we have full confidence that Tom will serve our people of Rota and CNMI well as a member of the Cannabis Commission. He is a humble professional individual who can work harmoniously with the rest of the cannabis commissioners,” Santos added.