- Published on Saturday, August 11, 2012 07:28
- Written by By Emmanuel T. Erediano - Reporter
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GOVERNOR Benigno R. Fitial will not respond to the letter of Senate President Paul A. Manglona who wants to know why Department of Public Safety and Commonwealth Ports Authority officers escorted Attorney General Edward T. Buckingham to the airport last weekend despite the charges filed against the AG.
Fitial at the same time said he wants Buckingham back on island and reiterated that the AG has rescinded his resignation, which was supposed to take effect 30 days after Aug. 3.
“When I last talked to him, yes he said he wants to come back. I want him back,” Fitial said.
In a telephone interview, Senate President Paul A. Manglona, Ind.-Rota, said he respects the governor’s decision, but added that the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigation will conduct its own investigation and seek answers from DPS and CPA.
“I don’t think the people are taking this issue lightly,” Mangona said.
“Just because one is an AG, a governor or any other elected official, does not mean he or she has more privileges…. It just does not seem right for [police officers to be] protecting the AG from penal summons,” he said.
The Senate, he added, is also concerned about how DPS officers treated KSPN reporter Tina Sablan and Office of the Public Auditor investigators at the airport.
The officers prevented Sablan from approaching Buckingham while OPA investigators had to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to serve the summons to the AG.
Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigation Chairman Frank Q. Cruz, R-Tinian, has asked DPS acting Commissioner Aniceto Ogumoro and CPA Executive Director Edward Deleon Guerrero to explain why uniformed police officers had to escort Buckingham to the airport’s departure area.
“The committee believes that it is in the public’s best interest to clarify the events that occurred in the early morning of Aug. 4, 2012 and to justify your personnel actions,” Cruz said in his letter.
A former Tinian policeman, Cruz told Ogumoro that he, the acting commissioner, should “initiate a full internal investigation of the events and whether all involved police officers committed criminal acts or violated any department rules and regulations.
It was Ogumoro’s brother, Deputy Commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro, who led the team of DPS escorts and was seen and heard on KSPN video footage telling his men that he wanted Tina Sablan “out of here.”
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