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Governor, other officials to be sworn in today

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov.-elect Arnold I. Palacios, the 29 members of the 21st Legislature and other elected officials will be sworn in today, Monday.

On Friday, the 20th Legislature adjourned sine die.

The inauguration of Torres and Palacios will start at 12 noon at the  soccer field in Koblerville. Guests from off-island include Palau President Tommy Remengesau, FSM President Peter Christian and Guam Gov. Lou Deleon Guerrero.

The 21st Legislature will convene today, Monday: the House of Representatives at 10 a.m., and the Senate at 11 a.m.

The 20 House members will be sworn in by Chief Justice Alexandro Castro while Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja will administer the oath of office to the nine senators.

In his remarks on Friday, outgoing Senate President and Lt. Gov.-elect Arnold I. Palacios said they faced many challenges and made difficult decisions, but they also accomplished “so much to provide assistance to the people of the CNMI in general.”

Outgoing Senate President and Lt. Gov.-elect Arnold I. Palacios, seated, poses with his colleagues in the 20th Senate after they adjourned sine die on Friday. Not in photo is Sen. Paul A. Manglona.Outgoing Senate President and Lt. Gov.-elect Arnold I. Palacios, seated, poses with his colleagues in the 20th Senate after they adjourned sine die on Friday. Not in photo is Sen. Paul A. Manglona.

He thanked all the other senators, especially Senate Floor Leader Frank Borja — “for his patience, advice and guidance” — as well as the staffers and legal counsel.

In the House, outgoing Speaker Ralph S. Demapan urged  incoming members to “continue planting good seeds” that will benefit the people of the Commonwealth.

Outgoing Precinct 1 Rep. Angel Demapan thanked Speaker Demapan and his predecessor, Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero. In his two terms  as House member, Rep. Angel Demapan said 27 of his bills were enacted into law. He also thanked the two female House members, Vice Speaker Janet Maratita and Rep. Alice Igitol, for their guidance.

“I am the blessed angel to be surrounded with a woman on my left and another woman on my right every day, and now I know and truly believe that a woman’s place is in the house — the House of Representatives. To you my colleagues in Precinct 1, thank you for your services to our people; and for those of you continuing, continue to protect the precinct — we are the one and will always be the one. It has been a remarkable and rewarding experience and also a pleasure to serve as the longest serving floor leader pro temp of the Legislature,” he added in jest.

Outgoing Rota Rep. Glenn L. Maratita, the floor leader, was absent.

Outgoing Rep. Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero, who was first elected in Nov. 2001, noted that when he became speaker in the 18th House, “nobody expected that a shared leadership was possible.” He served as speaker for a year and was succeeded by Ralph Demapan.

Members of the 20th House of Representatives pose for a photo after their final session on Friday.  Vice Speaker Janet Maratita and Rep. Alice Igitol are holding a framed photo of the late Rep. Frank Dela Cruz. Not in photo are Rep. Donald Barcinas and House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita.  Photos by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaMembers of the 20th House of Representatives pose for a photo after their final session on Friday. Vice Speaker Janet Maratita and Rep. Alice Igitol are holding a framed photo of the late Rep. Frank Dela Cruz. Not in photo are Rep. Donald Barcinas and House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita. Photos by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

Deleon Guerrero said over the years, he also witnessed the growth of the Legislature’s political maturity. “The Legislature has come a long way,” he added as he thanked all his colleagues who have helped him through major and difficult decisions.

He also apologized to those with whom he had “butt heads with,” especially Vice Speaker Janet Maratita.

Outgoing Rep. Edwin Aldan, who will be sworn in as Tinian mayor, expressed his appreciation to all his colleagues and for the vote of confidence of his constituents who first elected him to the 15th Legislature.

Outgoing Rep. Vinnie Sablan, a senator-elect, thanked his staff and other legislative staffers as well as his colleagues for a “productive two terms,” adding that he is looking forward working with them in the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation.

Outgoing Rep. Alice Igitol thanked all her mentors, colleagues, and legislative staffers, and described how her friendship with Vice Speaker Maratita has blossomed into sisterhood.

Floor leader pro tem Angel Demapan then asked his colleagues to rise and give their most senior member, Rep. Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero, a final salute.