A klou el cheldecheduch a mlarngii er sera Sabadong el April 16, 2004 er Happy Landing 2 el ngara Arkemais. Tiang a mle cheldecheduch er Johana Williams Malsol el mle bechil a Lucius Malsol. A rechad el ouchais a kmo ng milchudel a a betok er a dart ma etiu el telael el udoud er a ngebard ($109,000+) el obengkel a kleim (5) el udoud er a Belau, ma dirrek el dart ma okedei ma elolem (136) el toluk. Te dirrek el ouchais el kmo sel mle kot el klou a milchudel er ngii el udoud er a ngebard a mle cheldecheduch er Baules Sechelong el mle $99,000+.
Palau Horizon is reporting that Bell's sentencing order is expected on May 2. Meanwhile the leadership of HOD has decided to keep mum over the alleged criminal case against fellow Delegate Antonio Bells. Asked on how will this event affect the HOD leadership, Speaker Mesebeluu said, "No comment".
I have been hearing words that Bells is on his way out. The court conviction and the further charges of two counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy for allegedly preparing a false judicial order and forging the signature of a former Associate Justice and a judge of the Palau Supreme Court looks very bad to him. And his HOD colleaques may be forced to ask him to resign as pressure from the public is certain to rise. One of the ways been talked in the coffeehouses around town is that the HOD leadership may ask former senator Lucius Malsol to talk Bells into resigning. Former senator Malsol as you may recall resigned his senate seat in the ?third OEK? for forging then President Etpison's signature on a fishing license of a Taiwanese fishing company. He later served jail time and made his way back to elected office again joining the 5th and 6th OEK.
As reported by Palau Horizon, Remengesau's State of the Republic Address (SORA) Thursday April 14, we learn of the TR's Public Sector's Investment Program. In it he spelled out a plan that would seek funding needed to fund 8 major projects at a cost of over $65 million.
1. A $20 million to fund imrpovement of state roads to connect to Compact Road.
2. $16.5 million for a comprehensive solid waste disposal management system.
3. $10 million to rehabilitate and expand the expansion of the Malakal Commercial Port.
4. $6 million to the cross-island road from Melkeok to Ngardmau.
5. $5 million cross-island road from Kokusai Junction, Ngatpang to Compact Road in Shimizu, Ngchesar.
6. $5 million for the improvement and expansion of the wastewater collection system in Koror.
7. $1.5 million for the Compact Road maintenance program start-up equipment and supplies.
8. $1.25 million for fruit fly eradication project.
The president also added that the government is still under negotiation with Japan for a $90 million Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC).
...so says the blaring headline in this Tuesday's Palau Horizon (April 19 - 21).
"Delegate Antonio Bells was found guilty on cheating, forgery, and misconduct in public office in connectio with the alleged misuse of contingency funds. Court records show that the case relates to Bells recieving $1,000 as contingency fund before his trip to Hawaii in July 2001. When Bells returned he filed an expenditure and certified that they were actually spent as authorized and were spent in the discharge of official duties...He was also convicted of cheating citing that the delegate would not have recieved the $427 reimbursement had he not falsely spent all of his contingency funds".
No doubt Delegate Bells will appeal the decision. While other OEK members opted to settle with the Special Prosecutor, Delegate Bells chose to fight it out. A question then in my mind is if he loses the appeal, which in my opinion doesn't look good for him would he then resign?
Tia Belau in this Friday's issue (April 15 - 22) reports that a "criminal information filed by the Special Prosecutor Everett Walton charged Delegate Antonio Bells for falsely making and altering legal document to produce false judicial order and forging a signature of a judge and inspired and aided Marino Bells in such an act in violotaion of Title 17 of the National Code. "
A court affidavit states that on April 11, 2005 he recieved a correspondence from the court administrator advising him that Robert Bells was in possession of forged court orders with forged signature of former Associate Justices Barrie Michelsen and Larry Miller. Marino Bells told the SP that he prepared the false order of March 31 while Delegate Bells prepared an order dated April 6. The purpose of the orders is to trick Robert Bells to go back to Guam because he was causing trouble, said the SP's affidavit.
A "Mega Resort for Peleiu" is the frontpage headline in today's issue of Tia Belau (April 15 - 22) with an artist rendition of a proposed $2.1 billion dollars Nautilus City in southern Peleliu. "The super luxury development of at 3,000 hotel rooms, villas, and condos, with recreation facilities such as golf course, marina, and other amenities is set for southern Peleliu covering 900 acres of land within the hamlets of Ngesias, Teliu, and ngerkeukl and the existing landmarks such as Kambek, park at Bkul Omruchel, Orange Beach, Omikdkill, airport, and two other beaches."
The project is said to have "recieved the support of the chiefs and the people of Peleliu in the two public hearings conducted by the state with more hearings still to be conducted in Guam and Saipan for the Peleliu people." Peleliu State Governor Ngiraingas said the project is a partnership between the state and foreign investors from Malaysia including Malaysian Airline and a bank. An essential requirement is for OEK to give approval to declare the Peleliu Airport as a foreign point of entry. Tia Belau said that according to the project description in the internet (here) the "company undertaking the project is UK Investment Holdings Ltd. with its chairman as Morris Davidson who is described as Palau's Honorary Consul to Malaysia and Special Economic Advisor to President Remengesau. Other directors are Ambassador to Taiwan Johnson Toribiong, a Judge in FSM, and an Airai Chief; Carolyn Ngiraingas and Felix Davidson."
From this Tuesday's issue of Palau Horizon (April 12 - 14) we learn that House of Delegates will open its April regular session today with no legislative agenda. "With no legislative agenda, House Vice Speaker Techitong said the country's budget would be a main program of action." Oh my, how you're tax dollars are at work.
The Vice Speaker said they need to discuss the legislative agenda for the next four years. "It's something that we have to work on for the next four years. We have to have something as a guideline, " Techitong said...And to think they just raised their own salaries to $50,000.00 per annum.