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AG’s office lists accomplishments in 2018

THE Office of the Attorney General mentioned several accomplishments in a 2018 annual report.

Edward Eladio Manibusan

These included a successful antitrust claim resulting in a $1 million settlement in favor of the Commonwealth, and upholding the constitutional principle of legislative immunity.

In 2018, the AG’s office said it also successfully defended a challenge to its constitutional authority as chief legal officer to represent multiple defendants in the same or similar matters.

In the same year, the CNMI Supreme Court issued a ruling that found salary increases for certain government officials unconstitutional.

AG Edward Manibusan filed a lawsuit in his official capacity as the chief legal officer of the Commonwealth to stop the salary increases for CNMI lawmakers.

In addition, the AG office said it has focused on transparency in the procurement process, and prosecuted crimes that included domestic violence and sexual assault.

The AG’s added that it has also “embarked on a new initiative that will update child support enforcement laws and improve access to justice for children and custodial parents.”

The collaboration with the Legislature, the judiciary, and the administration to improve the CNMI’s child support collection system continues, Manibusan said.

The AG’s office is looking forward to accomplishing more in 2019 with the establishment of the first CNMI Child Support Guidelines.

In 2018, the AG’s office said it prosecuted 105 criminal felony cases, 90 misdemeanor cases, 24 juvenile case, and 4,428 traffic cases.

Manibusan, the CNMI’s first elected AG, won a second four-year term in 2018. He ran unopposed.

According to the AG’s office, its mission includes providing “legal representation to the Commonwealth government and its agencies on issues that include the protection of children from abuse and neglect, preservation of the environment, protection of consumers and defending the CNMI against frivolous claims.”