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Democrats condemn AG escort

THE new NMI Democratic Party condemns the action of Department of Public Safety police officers who escorted Attorney General Edward T. Buckingham to the airport on Saturday despite knowing that the AG had to appear in court to face his charges.

Former Kagman Community president Jess David Torres is joined by Democratic Party vice president, former Lt. Gov. Jesse C. Borja, second right, party president retired Judge Edward Manibusan and other supporters as he files his candidacy with the Commonwealth Election Commission yesterday. Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoFormer Kagman Community president Jess David Torres is joined by Democratic Party vice president, former Lt. Gov. Jesse C. Borja, second right, party president retired Judge Edward Manibusan and other supporters as he files his candidacy with the Commonwealth Election Commission yesterday. Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoIn a statement, Democratic Party President retired Judge Edward Manibusan and vice president retired Justice Jesus C. Borja criticized the DPS officers and the Commonwealth Ports Authority police “for assisting a criminal defendant avoid prosecution.”

Manibusan and Borja said the police officers knew full well that Buckingham had been charged with numerous criminal offenses when they escorted him to the airport.

The Democratic Party, its leaders said, will not tolerate “such activities of our law enforcement, backed by the executive branch.”

Manibusan said the people and personnel involved in assisting a defendant evade justice should be investigated and immediately removed from public office.

“The Republican and Covenant administration have allowed too many lawlessness acts to be committed against our people. It is time to rise and say no more,” Manibusan, Borja and the rest of the party officers jointly said.

Meanwhile, “concerned” Republicans who requested anonymity because they are running in November, said their central committee should take action against the party chairman, Gov. Benigno R. Fitial, “before the embarrassing course of events cause the Republican Party to collapse.”

The incident, the Republicans said, will ruin the candidacy of the entire GOP slate.

“It is just so unfortunate that the central committee is the governor himself,” one of the concerned Republicans said.

Besides Fitial as the chairman, the other members of the committee are his appointees: Commonwealth Ports Authority Executive Director Edward Deleon Guerrero, first vice chairman; Coastal Resource Management Office Director Rita Chong, second vice chairwoman; Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Richard B. Seman, secretary; and Department of Public Land acting Secretary Ray Salas, treasurer.