It is now official with Surangel making the announcement less than an hour ago.
“Foreign relations will play second fiddle to cross-strait (Taiwan-China) relations,”...We’d provide practical assistance and aid to help them develop, not just throw money around.” Story here.
Palau "not worried" Here.
The Ngaimis (Ngatpang Traditional Chiefs) through their "agents" are alleged to have conjured up a fraudulent petition and sent it to CJ Ngiraklsong, President Remengesau, OEK members, Ngatpang Legislature, the Palau Election Commission and the media on February 26, 2008. "We have decided to collectively file an action suit against the people who masterminded petition'" said Gilber Demei in a statement released to the media. "And their agents who 'doctored' and prepared the signature sheets...Someone or a group took the signature sheet of Martin Blodak's nominating petition, altered it, and attached it to teh contriversial peittion prior to its distribution," he said. "Its as if we knew the petition and supported it. Our names have been illegally used" and that whoever conjured up the petition committed fraud. Attaching our names to the petition without our knowledge is a criminal act," he said. "Someone whould be persecuted tothe maximum extent of the law." (Palau Horizon, July 29 - 31, 2008) See here.
"A petition process should not be misused as in this case in Ngatpang, wherein signatures of a majority of the citizens of Ngatpang who nominated a governor's candidate in 2007, are being fraudulently used and misused to support different political petition in year 2008 by a few people and their agents for their own political gains. There are clear evidences that the Ngaimis did mastermind the subject petition through their agents," said a statement released to the media.
Senator Joshua Koshiba said yesterday that President Remengesau is part of an attempt to cover up the investigation into the collapse of the Pacific Savings Bank. Koshiba's reaction came following reports that the investigation is in limbo due to Remengesau's decision to hire an outside lawyer to first assess the performance of independent counsel Lewis Harley before deciding on his fate...Koshiba said he was surprised with the president's decision to hire an outside lawyer to assess the independent counsel's performance before deciding whether or not to extend his contract. "How come he hired a lawyer to assess Harley? Did he ever do that to assess the Attorney General? Is he doing it to intimidate Harley?" Koshiba asked. (Island Times, July 29, 008)
Gov. Ngiraingas said the national government has misled the public by putting the blame on the state government on the "inoperable status" of the boat. Ngiraingas said that after spending $220,000 for the repair and test drive on July 19 and 20, it run on Sunday, but it was shortlived- the engine failed including the shock absorber...Ngiraingas said its not their fault if the boat malfunctioned. He said the boat has been in structural defect since the national government purchased three years ago (for $927,678). "After spending some $220,000, it's not functioning well again. I already told them that the boat has structural defect but why put the blame on the Peleliu State? They said it's fixed already but now it needs another repair. Why can't they just tell the truth that it is really defective from the start and stop telling lies to the people that it's because of the poor maintenance," he said. (Palau Horizon, July 29 - 31, 2008)
Here's part of the announcement that appeared in this Tuesday's edition of the local papers. It will be on Thursday July 31 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the SW Headquarter in Malakal.
Aki mengemedaol er kau el mei ra klou a belkul el ongdibel, me bo el sebeched el kaseues, e derengesii a Kohosia er kid el mo President el Surangel Whipps, el mo mchisii, e odersii, a chad el ngii a mla mengilt, e kongei el mo remurt el mo Vice-President el kirir a rechad er a Beluu er Belau.
Harley, who confirmed that he has had no indication from the President
on his contract that expires at midnight of August 14 and thus is
“prepared to leave Palau,” has reportedly been approached by Palau’s
Attorney General Jeff Beattie, President Remengesau’s chief of staff
Billy Kuartei and the President himself to replace recently departed
Everett Walton as Special Prosecutor for Palau. More here.
(Let's if we have eliminiated the problem by reposting the article here - Omdui)
Here are my general observations of the presidential candidates last night held at Ngarachamayong Cutlural Center. Still rough notes but I wanted to put it out there right away before my memory power start to dim.
The "debate" was not a "debate" to me. It was too friendly. Perhaps it is not in our culture to be confrontational, but it was more like Q & A session with moderators asking questions and each of the candidates taking turn to answer without really challenging each other on issues.
on what I saw last night, Johnson Toribiong was the clear winner. But,
if last night debate were to choose the winners of the primary
election than it is Toribiong and Chin moving up to the big November
Presidential candidate Johnson Toribiong has admitted his fault and said he will not challenge the Supreme Court's decision when the Disciplinary Tribunal sanctioned him for failing to respond to the complaint filed by the Disciplinary Counsel for violating the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Toribiong said he accepts responsibility for what he failed to do. "It's my fault and its a lesson for me too as a lawyer. This is my first violation and I hope this will also serve as a lesson for other attorneys. I hope they won't suffer the same mistakes that I did," he said. Toribiong said he would abide by the court's order, specifically ordering him to obtain a passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Eam within one year and to pay legal fees and cost f investigation and prosecution...Toribioing said he will take the exam on August 5 and will pay the legal fees...Toribiong was specifically charged with violating Palau Disciplinary Rule 1.7 (a)(1) and (2) by representing clients with concurrent conflicting interest. (Palau Horizon, Juky 25 - 28, 2008)
From the Island Times Editorial (Island Times, July 25, 2008)
The independent counsel hired to investigate the collapse of the Pacific Savings Bank is in jeopardy of leaving next month just as he is getting to the bottom of who was responsible for the bank's collapse...And just as importantly, any hopes of bringing those responsible for the collapse of justice...There are already speculations that the real reason for the non-renewal is that the independent counsel is doing to good a job and that has panicked officials who are behind the bank's failure. If that is true, then what we have is a cover up to allow the culprits to evade prosecution. Why else would we need to "review" Harley's progress to date except to sidetrack the investigation?
"We will welcome all investigation of corruption by the OEK. It can initiate an investigation into his (Koshiba's) allegations. They can even initiate an impeachment if they want," Remengesau said during his weekly press conference. (Island Times, July 25, 2008)
Sen. Diaz and his broadcasting company were both sued by a broadcasting firm for airing the Capital Investment Project Video 2008 with out the latter's authorization. Roll 'Em Productions has filed a complaint for copyright infringement against Sen. Diaz and his Diaz Broadcasting Company dba Medal Belau TV...The complaint stated that defendants defendants displayed an unauthroized, modified version of the CIP Video 2008 on MBTV without authorization and without airing the credits, both in violation of the Republic of Palau Copyright Act of 2003. (Palau Horizon, Juky 25 - 28, 2008)
Remengesau when asked of Harley's tenure, said he had asked an "outside lawyer" to "review and asses" Harley's performance and the investigation into the PSB collapse..."Once the recommendation by the outside lawyer is submitted to me then I would make a decision," Remengesau said. Harley's investigation has spanned to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, and Taiwan to follow the money laundering trails left by the personalities involved in the insider loans...He also submitted a confidential report which indicated that over $41 million was deposited into and withdrawn from PSB in 2005...the deposit of millions of dollars in a non-insured FDIC bank indicated that the bank was being used as channel for money laundering...Harley's investigation has led to the filing of criminal case against the board of CSPP, including Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang. (Island Times, July 25, 2008)
Toribiong told BTA members that if he becomes president...his running mate Kerai Mariur will be in charge of the finance ministry to make sure that previous spending practices and debts are properly documented. And that government hiring will be based on a merit system in which people who hired are actually qualified for the positions. (Island Times, July 25, 2008)
In reaction to the statement from presidential candidate Senator Joshua Koshiba who blame the government for the closure of of the Pacific Savings Bank, Remengesau said "Failure of the PSB is not the goverment's fault." He also stressed that he also lost money from PSB contrary to Koshiba's alleged statement that he was able to get his money out before the defunct bank collapse. (Palau Horizon, Juky 25 - 28, 2008)
There has been no indication from President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. as to whether the contract, which expires August 14, will be extended, said independent counsel Lewis Harley...“Having no indication or assurance that my services will be extended another year, I have no other option than to prepare to leave Palau,” Harley said. Story here.
This poll is in no way scientific and reflects only the opinion of those who participated. While online polls are designed to allow only one vote per user, savvy users may find ways around this limitation.
Here's the breakdown
|Total Votes: 204|
Surangel Whipps, Sr.
Elias Camsek Chin
Know that I am only using the freebie version of Vizu poll so data are limited. However, by just looking at the world map from where the vote came from, 69.8 percent of the polled are from USA. The rest are spread around the globe in Germany, Portugal, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, from satellite off the cost of Nigeria, Africa, FSM, Guam, CNMI, Hawaii, ma dirrek el beluu ra Belau. I think this is consistent with the make-up of the readers of this blog with around 75 percent coming from USA, 15 percent from Palau, the remaining 10 percent spread throughout the Micronesian region, the Far East, SE Asia, Europe, and unknowns, etc.
I will do another poll after the August 6 deadline for filing of nominating petitions when Surangel have announced his running mate. There should be more polls coming our way with the Senatorial candidates, 22 Con Con amendments, etc., so stay tuned.
OTV is reportedly preparing a massive civil suit against Sen. Diaz for damages from the incident and his verbal attacks and threats in via phone, email, radio and MBTV programs for defamation, slander, copyright, and assault...Meanwhile, a government official also reported that Charge de Affaire's Mark Brezner has communicated to the Palau government the seriousness of Diaz as a Palau official making public threats against American citizens. Some in the Administration and OEK officials are also expressing concerns of the recent public radio and TV statement by Diaz as a government official close to President Remengesau...(Tia Belau, July 18 - 24, 2008)
Sen. Hokkons Baules, Chairman of CIP committee was instructed by the Senate to look for the missing asphalt plant that was previously used in Peleliu road pavement during the Nakamura administrationand in the early part of Remengesau's administration...The equipment was brand new when it was purchased and taken to Peleliu, was idled for several years after the pavement of its roads...The original price of the asphalt plant was $700,000 with the package that icluded supporting equipment that was purchased by the ROPGov for over one million dollars during the Nakamura administration. (Tia Belau, July 18 - 24, 2008)
The ROPGov through Minister Elbuchel Sadang, has settled the judgement tax liability of PMIC from $5.7 million to $1,250,227.46, a reduction of 79 percent if it is paid by November 15, 2008... Former president Kuniwo Nakamura represented PMIC in negotiations with the government that led to the tax settlement after the court found PMIC liable to the tax, interest and penalties. (Tia Belau, July 18 - 24, 2008)
After two years of failure to reveal where the money went and if someone is responsible for its disappearance, Sens. Joshua Koshiba and Hokkons Baules have asked the MOF Elbuchel Sadang to identify the status of the case and to determine whether the missing funds was recovered or not, as well as the reason why it disappeared, if it was stolen, misplaced or lost. "Did the MOF or the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) identify the persons wo took the money?... and the status of the employees who were questioned by the police," the Senators asked in the letter.
According to the Chairman of Surangel's campaign, Haruo Wilter said a long list of 20 names that included ministers, OEK members, and other prominent individuals was trimmed to 10 and since then the list has been reduced in half. Campaign leader Wilter said the "the long list of potential candidates has been trimmed to "two or three" remaining choices. The narrowed list have been given to Surangel to discuss with his family. Reports says that end of the month on July 30 a big rally to announce Surangel's running mate is planned well before the August 6 deadline on filing nominating petitions..
As a new revenue source, a bill has been introduced in the House that proposes to establish a remittance tax of 4 percent of all remitted funds. $14 million is remitted from Palau each year and with the proposed legislation the ROP could expect to generate $591,072 according to House Bill 7-210-1.
Anyone watching MBTV this evening? It was Presidential candidate Joshua Koshiba and running mate Jackson Ngiraingas being grilled by the People's Platform. As one who doesn't mince word, the ever pugnacious Koshiba certainly did not disappoint. He started off shooting and kept on shooting until the end. The alleged corrupt practices of Remengesau's Administration; PSB, withdrawals by high officials, pension plan, Lexus, Harleys, Elbuchel, Temmy, Hinang, AG's Office, Special Prosecutor, off-island travel, selective criminal prosecution, selective tax audit, finance, government media, government vehicle damaged by high officials, fuel use by high officials, special airline treatment, abuse of authority, lies, cover-up,...etc. Something tells me that there's going to be quite a consternation among the administration officials and many others on what Koshiba revealed. It's a sure bet that on Friday papers, weekly press conference, and even on the campaign trails we will be hearing rebuttals from the apprehensive administration officials and also those who were named or referred to in the program.
However, here's what I wanted to point out from the Koshiba/Ngiraingas program. Seven priorities that they propose to do within two years time. Once in office Koshiba/Ngiraingas proposed to:
1. Within six months to one year time they will lower the cost of your electricity bill
2. Making sure that everone who lost their money from the collapse of PSB will get their money back within one year
3. Have the government take over the gas station at the PFFA (Fisheries Dock) sell gas at a wholesale price to those whose main source of livelihood is fishing and or farming.
4. propose within one to two months to eliminate the 4 percent GRT to the Mom and Pop stores. Such arrangement will apply only to Palauans and not to businesses where a Palauans serves only as a front.
5. Propose to cut 20 - 25 percent of those earning $50,000 or more annualy and use the savings to prop up the salary of those who are at the bottom of the earning ladder.
6. No assigned vehicles and cut fuel usage to high government officials
7. Propose that if a room tax is assessed, 50 percent of the tax must be given to the state where the room was charged and the other half given to the national government.
The Senate has introduced a measure SB 7-260 seeking to exempt mopeds and bicycles from the 3 percent ad valorem tax charged by the national government...The proposed exemption to mopeds and bicycles from import tax was introduced following the growing market of bicycles in the republic due to the rising cost of fuel. (Island Times, July 15, 2008)
On June July 23 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm at Ngarachamayong Cultural Center, the Youth In Action in partnership with Koror State Youth Council will sponsor a presidential debate with topic expected to focus on youth issues. All the presidential candidates have all confirmed their participation. Than tentatively on August 26 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, the Palau Chamber of Commerce working with Palau Bar Association is also planning for another debate to help the public choose who among the four presidential candidates offers a better platform of governance for the republic. Three of the four presidential candidates - Joshua Koshiba, Johnson Toribiong, Surangel Whipps have already given their confirmation to attend the debate. Questions have yet to be decided and the moderator has not been chosen.
President Remengesau in his farewell tour that had taken him to visit Palauan statesiders in a huge gathering in Oregon the beginning of June, is now in Guam and Saipan leg of the farewell tour with about dozen members of his entourage. In Saipan Remengesau said that he may contest for a seat in the Senate. "In politics, never say never," he said. Story here and here.
If you look to the top right side bar you will see a presidential election poll for this month of July. After a long while I've come to discover that Typepad, my weblog host has introduced a poll widget that makes it easier to create polls for website. Essentially with widgets, there is no need to learn html or css language for those of us who place no interest on such endeavor. Bear with me for the time being as I am still familiarizing myself with this new blog interactive tool.
The presidential poll continues until 12:00am Friday morning July 18, 2008. Let's see how it goes before the fun begins with more polls.
During the weekend, the name of HOD Speaker Antonio Bells popped up as one of the potential running mate for Surangel. Bells reportedly was asking his supporters and relatives in one of his family gatherings about the possibility of him running for vice president under the ticket of Surangel. (Tia Belau, July 11 - 17, 2008)
In a telephone surveys from July 4 - July 10 shows Surangel has taken the lead among the 168 respondents who were called in their residences from Kayangel to Angaur.
Surangel leades in Ngarchelong, Melekeok, Ngchesar, Ngatpang, Airai, and ties Camsek in Ngardmau and Angaur.
Camsek ties with Surangel in Ngardmau and Angaur, Hatohobei and Sonsorol
Johnson leads in Kayangel, Ngaraard, Ngiwal, Aimeliik, Ngaremlengui, and Koror
Koshiba leads in Peleliu
A similar poll of 133 adults conducted In May 11, 2008 showed
A December 2007 poll of 182 adults showed
Koshiba not yet considered a candidate
(Tia Belau, July 11 - 17, 2008)
Former President Kuniwo Nakamura on Monday July 7, 2008 has filed a 4-count civil complaint for defamation in the Palau Supreme Court againts Governor Jackson Ngiraingas. Nakamura charges that Ngiraingas defames him in two letters written and circulated in June by Ngiraingas to Nakamura in which allegations were made relating to Nakamura getting $3 million from Taiwan for switching diplomatic ties from China to Taiwan during his term as president of Palau, using his office as president for enriching himself and his family, using his Termical Company (BTTCO) for laundering money as president, andusing certain individuals in Peleliu to se him as Obaklechol, to oust Ngiraingas, and to promote his Ngedebus project...The complaint alleges that the statements were false, untrue, and defamatory. Nakamura asks the court for an award of general, special, and punitive damages against Ngiraingas. (Tia Belau, July 11 - 17, 2008)
Ngiraingas in an interview with Island Times said "It's a frivolous lawsuit...it's not going to change anything regarding me as a shareholder and other shareholders seeking records relating to information regarding Belau Transfer...information that we have been requesting since Nov. 21, 2007...As I have said he con file 100 or 1,000 lawsuits but it doesn't change the fact he withheld information that we shareholders have right to know. We will also file a lawsuit against him and the board for failing to provide the informatin we asked," Ngiraingas said.
President Remengesau said on Wednesday that "90 percent of the proposed amendments to the Constitution should be left to the OEK and not brought to the people for a referendum. These should be subject to the lawmaking process, these are no issues before the constitution." He insisted that "these could have been enacted by law, not through a constitutional convention because the Constitution is a special document that needs only periodic checks." (Island Times, July 11, 2008)
Toribiong-Mariur said part of their economic package is to redirect economic stimulus fund to the households instead of Capital Improvement Projects and for road rehabilitation. Once in office he propose a law that would make Palau's 5,300 households as recipients of the economic stimulus funds that the government is currently getting from the government of Taiwan...He said the move would address growing poverty and disparity among households incomes and prevent a repeat of the 1980's big rallies and strikes by government employees complaining of low wages.
Oh boy! I don't know where to begin. It was all a poor performance from everyone involved. If I was Chin-Seid campaign committee I would yank that tape from being played again ever and demand an explanation and a full refund from Diaz. I felt bad watching the program I almost picked up the phone and called WWFM?? to stop the interview and run tests on all their equipment and to adjust the studio lighting before continuing with the program. A major election campaign faux pas of monumental proportions when it comes to messaging the public. Its as if Diaz was conspiring to bring down the candidacy of Chin-Seid.
No one who watched the show was able to hear Chin's opening statement to start the program. Poor studio lighting made him look like he was under a glaring police searchlight. His voice was dubbed over by Diaz's radio announcement on WWFM. And only after the Vice President was done that the audio was switched live to the studio guests. For about an hour and fifteen minutes I held the remote control with my index finger rotating between V+ and V-. The microphones work well when the two youths are speaking, but when the moderator Uduch Sengebau speaks, she is so loud that I had to lower the volume quickly so as my neighbors won't notice that I'm watching candidates on MBTV. And when the mic turns to Chin and his running mate I had to raise the volume so as not to miss anything from their answers. I tell you it was an ordeal watching the program. I felt uninspired.
The interview was dreadful. The questioners seemed unprepared as to what to ask, the candidates felt I imagine took pains waiting ready to answer that one noteworthy youth question that never came. I almost felt embarrassed. Since it was plain obvious that the questioners came from the Chin-Seid campaign committee, there was no need to have unpromtped questions. I would suggest that the campaign craft pertinent questions to be asked of the candidates and to rehearse before coming to the program. That way it provides opportunity to the candidates to shape their message to the voting public. There is nothing wrong employing such a tactic. In fact, it is much better approach than exaggerating your weakness by trying to insulate candidates from tough questions by throwing pansies at them as Mardingaol commented below. If Johnson Toribiong hit only a single on his MBTV appearance, than this effort comming from Chin turns Toribiong's single into what looks now to be the game-ending grand slam.
I was also surprised throughout the interview that not one person made any reference, in particular, to the Palau National Youth Policy which has been formulated. What are their thoughts about it? Or do they know that such a document exist?
Immediately after the conclusion of the program with the micropone still live, I heard Uduch with "Ng kora kmal mle ungil" comment in reference to the show. I beg to differ Uduch, "Ng dimlak el ungil". The candidates talk aplenty of ideas, but came up short on substance. All candidates have ideas - and I'll bet are all good ideas, but the main issue that the voters are looking for is how do you trasfer that ideas or that knowledge into action. That is the substance that I believe will begin to differentiate the candidates. And as of this time, Chin's campaign still has a lot work to do. I think they need to revamp their whole media campaign strategy if they want their message to have an impact.
However, not all was lost. One bright spot during the interview is the originality and the innovative way they go about mitigating the increasing cost of post-secondary education to the Palauans. I agree with Soldau, that even if they don't win, let's hope whoever will be in the office will take the hint and run with it.
Because of poor audio through out the Chin-Seid interview program that was telecast live tonight on MBTV, I am paraphrasing below:
Chin: If elected will dispatch Vice President on a special mission to all the
pacific regional colleges and universities – Australia, USP, Japan, Philippines
The Director of Agriculture Fred Sengebau rebvealed that
food prices in Palau have increased at an average of 24 percent compared to the cost of food last
year. The increase he said, was mainly due to the escalating cost of fuel in
the international oil market.
Vice President Chin went to Saipan and Guam last month for a
campaign and he said he is happy to know that he and running mate Sen. Alan R.
Seid are getting good support from Saipan and Guam.
“I know a lot of people here and I can say that Guam and Saipan
Any increase for the minimum wage earners should be given in
gradual phases commensurate to the income generation capacities of businesses
operating in Palau,
Senate Floor Leader Alan Seid said…he said if business firms are compelled to
give drastic additional salaries to their workers, these companies face the
danger of folding up. This scenario, he warned, would not be good for Palau
Here. Is ROP next?
"A klakemeai ra rurt el mo kutelngal Belau ra 2008 a mengal mo mekeald ra sisebellel a klauchad ra di omuu osul a tekoi el kmal udelel a Senate el Joshua Koshiba ma cherrodech e meses-a-ngerel el Governor ra Bliliou ra Jackson Ngiraingas el remurt el mo president ma vice president el ou'tekoi ra kmo "Oldechelakl a Delengerenger - Mengikiid ra Amt."
Ngikal kot el kemengetang el lechedal omelib el llach el mla engelakl ra okowang (40) el rak e lengar tial ureor, el dirkak a tang el lemongader ra sengkyo, ngar'tial di'bleketakl el omerellel e uluuchais ra mle chelsel amle ngar erngii el kmo, tial delengerenger a kirel el me'kikiid ra chelsel a amt er Belau elmo diak, eleng diak el sebechel el kau'kledem ngii ma okerullel a kerruul"
A Koshiba a millemolem el kmo, a kot el lebo'loureor el kirel alsekum eng mo mengilt, aikal ririid el ududir a rechad el mlara Pacific Savings Bank lebol moluut el mora rokui el chad; e tiang ulsal olecheech er tial bank mar metelil el mle kldemir el dongerngerii tial bank a motutakl el mo er sel kot el ngarbab el okiu a llach.
A PPUC a milkususeu ra amt el mo oriid a erul-meliol el kluk ra PSB, el ngii a kmal kirel el moluut meng mo sebechel ngosuterir ar rechad et tial kmal mocha otingel el cheral a cheluch. Sel tal meliol el kluk ra pension el mlengai ra di mle chelsel a edei el klebesei ar ngarbab el chad ra amt el me ungil medengelii, a kmal mle uchul eng miltemall a bank, bol mocholt el obeketakl. Ng'millekoi el kmo, ngkmal kirel el meterob delengerngerir a remengeteklel Belau, elwa bekellel a mlai ra amt, ma omengelel a cheluch el omechar ra amt el diak loltirakl a llach.
A bebil er cholchotel a delengerenger el omerellel a amt a lebo'lorrob sel mo amt erngii. Tial komabellii er omenged el PMIC a blals ra meliol el tax ea amt adi milchetiterir ar ou'klalou er ngii mete'chemiis; mar bebil a uluusbech aikel kloklel elou'siobai; a chutem ra amt el ngara Guam el bebil rar menguteling er kid a ngilai a klungiolel, a kirel moterau; a ngeseu el udoud ra Taiwan el tilobed el diak loltirakl a llach, el idisel ma le'ngar'ngii ma olengil a diak a medengei; $200,000 el teksir ar mor omerael el dimlak el mekeriil ra milchsimer el FAT eleng mlarngii a klaodengei erngii mar bebil ra menguteling er kid ma Taunton (president ra PSB) el lebil'cherei meng chemiis.
A Koshiba millekoi el kmo, ngulemtok ra chitel a $900,000 el kirel olbidel ra bekl rrak ra obis el ngara Ngerulmud, ma $75,000 el kirel omelai el siasing /video ra mle kot el sils ra Independence Day. A loker erngii ra kmo, Ngerang meng dimlak a Ngerang el le'rellii el kirel aikang ra kll'teketel el le'ngara Olbiil, eng dilul kmo ngkaml di mle ngii-el-tang meng meral mle mesisiich el omtok aikang engdi ar sechelil a dimlak el rengesii, me'kam'wes aikal mocharengii. Engdi a bol president, eng morengii a klisichel el mo torob.
A tara kmal kirel dimla reuoll a cherrungel el osengel a amt, ma omerritel el kirel a kloklel eruchei ral borengii a eral uldasu ma omengedmokl. Ng'dirrek elmo mengideb ra rebotk el chad ra Belau el ngarngii a skulir, ulsemellir ma duch er tir ra kakerous el ureor metemo oureor ra amt elmo olekedmokl a uldasu el kirel a osemecheklel a betok el semechekill ra beluad.
A ureor el kirir ar ngeasek, ma skuul, ma ukeruul, ma lmuut el bebil, a diak el sebechel a amt elmo kudmokl elmo tekoi alak a udoud ma ulechellel; aikang a tekingel a Governor Ngiraingas.
A Ngiraingas a uluuchais el kmo, a Prime Minister ma King ra Malaysia a mla oterkeklii el kmo , sel le'mewak a delewill ra Belau ma Malaysia, ea urreor el kirel a ngara dart el meliol ($100 million) el kora di medidai a rolel a lengiil el udoud a mo mekedmokl el kirel Belau el dimo 3% a olengil a sebechel el mechedechuul, e tiang amo mekekad el okiu a bebil ra udoud el mo soiseb ra dirk ngara uldasu el ureor ra Nautilus ra Beliliou, meng diak bolo'ngesonges a udoud ra Amt. A lmuut el tang, ea Malaysia, el tara oltobed a oil el beluu, a sebeched el mengedecheduch er ngii meng oterau a cheluch el mora PPUC el ngariou a cheral meng mo ongengetii tial'dimelemiakl el cherl a dengki; ma dirrek el Malaysia Airline a sebechel el mechedechuul elmo suebek eldi melemalt el mer Belau, emo kaukledem ngii ma Belau elmo mekedbechii a Palau National Airline.
A Koshiba a dilul kmo, alsekum ngmo president, engmo chismerii a Ngerulmud el oumesing el di bachachau er chelechang, ma di'olengil a dengki erngii a kesengil ang $900,000 ra tal rak, el diak el sebeched el otebedii. Ngkirel el mechesimer e moterau el mora daingak malechub eng mo ildeod ra PCC. Ng dilul kmo ng'kmal ulemtok era kmal klengebard el llecheklel (zumeng) er ngii, el dil'dellomel erngii a lius el iweklii. Ngulemtok ra mle mereched el omelukl ra amt el mo soiseb er ngii ra erung el rrak ra mlamemomg, eleng kmal mesisiich el ouspech a dengki, ma mado erngii a diak el sebechel el obkais. Ng'dilu el kmo okedecherul a capitol a mla mechesechusem ra delengerenger, ma dirrek el telbiil el kirel omengedmeklelale'ngiluu el msang a ongismechel a president. A telbiil er tial omengedmokl a mle kirel el lenguu a rechad ra Melekeok; aikang meng dirrek el ledilung.
A Koshiba a melketeklii el Olechotel a mekngit el omeruul leng diak ra uldasu a cheleblir a rechad er chelechang, era rengelel a cheral a dengki, cheluch, ma bebil ra klalo ea president er kid ma president ra Senate a ngara Oregon el ou-party.
A Koshiba a mle sensei era chochur ra Palau High School, e tilobed ra University of Guam, a milengilt el moa Ongewal Olbiil ra Kelulau ra uchelel a 1970. E mla melemolem el chedal Olbiil el bekor el okewang el rak. A Koshiba a dirrek el mle President ra Senate.
A Governor Ngiraingas, el kmal ulemtok a nuclear ma omelekled ra 1970, e mla melemolem el chedal e Speaker ra Olbiil ra Beliliou, a mla ngmai a ewang el rekil. Ng mlekirel mo remurt el mora Senate, ea lechub ea Koshiba a mlonguu elmo keldemel elmo vice president er ngii.
Mechelchang el dengellomel ra tedei el kakemeai ramo president, mar kldemir el moritial rurt; a Toribiong oba Mariur; ma Chin el oba Seid, ma Koshiba el oba Ngiraingas, engdi tang el Surangel Whipps a dirkak a kldemel el mo vice president. A ulebongel er lodersel a ngakl (petition) a August 6, 2008.
The 13th Kayangel State Government was sworn into office last Tuesday. Gov. Edwin Chiokai took the state's chief executive oath along with twelve members of the state legislature...Governor Chiokai said that he and Speaker Harrington Olebuu will make every effort to run the government of Kayangel to provide the most cost-effective services to people of Kayangel. He added that they will definitely consider all suggestions and recommendations for a better government. (Palau Horizon, June 3 - 7, 2008)
For what its worth, here are the campaign managers for the respective candidates.
John C. Gibbons is the campaign manager for Johnson-Mariur. Fundraising is scheduled for Sunday 7/6/ 3008 at the Ngarachamayong Culural Center from 6:30pm - 11:30pm;
Haruo Wilter is the campaign manager for Surangel who is still without a running mate and have been campaigning in Saipan and Guam this week;
Belhaim "Bena" Sakuma manages the Chin-Seid election campaign. They are set to hold a Youth Rally at Ngarachamyong Cultural Center tomorrow Saturday 7/5/08 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Koshiba-Ngiraingas still yet to fornalize their campaign committee but became the first presidential ticket to submit the nominating petition last Wednesday June 2, 2008.
In an interview with Koshiba yesterday, he said that his FIB comments to the media last week are legitimate and can be easily confirmed; however, they are not directed at the present FIB members. Koshiba named past FIB members (names were not published by the Palau Horizon article - Omdui) who received bribes of as much as $1,000.00 to process specific FIAC applications. He said that past FIB track record is riddled with corruption; and it is the basis for the comment he made..."FIB needs to be dissolved gradually; and it has to be done through legislation," he said, "it's duties should be delegated to the Ministry of Commerce and Trade." (Palau Horizon, July 3 - 7, 2008)
President Remengesau said gaming is not the "absolute solution " to stimulate Palau's economy..."Until I am convinced that the best interest of the republic is served without destroying the fabric of society, our culture, our principles, I am inclined to look for other revenue-generating initiatives," Remengesau said in raction to querries whether he supports the Casino bill. (Island Times, July 4, 2008)
A live call-in telephone poll conducted by Senator Alfonso Diaz through his WWFM radio station yesterday morning had Johnson Toribiong leading with 22 votes followed by the re-surging Surangel at 16 and the fading Chin with 9 votes. Koshiba brought up the rear with a meager 3 votes. The poll was only for the first 50 call-ins.