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Governor asks cabinet members to submit courtesy resignations

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres has asked his cabinet members to submit courtesy resignations as part of the transition period.

As the then-lt. governor, Torres became the CNMI’s new chief executive when Gov. Eloy S. Inos passed away in Dec. 2015.

Ralph Torres

Press Secretary Kevin Bautista, in a phone interview, said it is standard procedure that during a transition, all cabinet members must submit their courtesy resignations and it is up to the governor to accept them or not.

In this year’s general elections, Torres and his running-mate, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios, won the gubernatorial race, garnering 62 percent of the votes cast.

A transition team headed by NMI Republican Party president James Ada is now reviewing departments, agencies, offices, boards, commissions and other government entities.

In a phone interview, Ada, who is also the Department of Public Works secretary, said Rufin Inos is the vice chair of the transition team whose executive committee members are former Rep. Felicidad Ogumoro, the governor’s senior policy advisor Glenna Reyes and attorney Vince Torres, the governor’s  brother.

On Monday, Ada asked all department and activity heads to submit reports which also state their mandates, goals, budgets, assets, policies and  plans.

The reports are due on Dec. 24.

The transition team will then come up with its recommendations that will be submitted to the governor and to the lt. governor-elect.

Ada said their report is due on Dec. 31.

Outgoing Reps. Angel Demapan, Alice Igitol, Joseph Deleon Guerrero and Greg Sablan are among the individuals tasked to review government entities.

Demapan chairs the committee that will review the governor’s office while Igitol heads the committee that will review the Board of Parole and the CNMI Museum.

Deleon Guerrero is the chair of the committee that will review the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs while Sablan will chair the committee that will review the Department of Public Safety.

The governor’s consultant, Matthew Deleon Guerrero, will head the committee that will organize the inauguration ceremonies on Jan. 14, 2019.