In an unexpected move, the Supreme Court Justices in a letter below take on members of the Palau Bar in their comments aired on "Bar Talk" concerning the proposed Constitutional amendments relating to the administration of justice and pursuant to Rule 3.1, comment 1 of the ABA Code of Judicial Conduct.
Dear Mrs. [J. Uduch] Senior, Mr. [Oldiais] Nigraikelau, and Mr. [Carlos] Salii:
In light of the recent debate concerning proposed constitutional amendments relating to the administration of justice (CP Nos. 2-255 and 2-260) and pursuant to Rule 3.1, comment 1 of the ABA Code of Judicial Conduct, we the Justices feel it is incumbent on us to contribute to the body of information made available to the public...On June 4, 2008, speakers on "Bar Talk," discussed these amendments.
Comments aired on "Bar Talk" concerning the proposed jury trial amendment (CP No. 2-255) suggest that bench trials in criminal matters are inherently unfair. The argument concerns the affidavit of probable cause filed along with a criminal information. The affidavit of probable cause is the sworn statement of facts which criminal charges are based, and a jury does not see this statement. Commentary on "Bar Talk" suggested that this affidavit, rather than on evidence presented at trial. The argument is flawed in that it assumes that sitting justices habitually violate the rules of court, code of judicial conduct by which all judges are bound, the oath of judicial office, and the constitution and laws of Palau, which all judges are sworn to uphold. Any instance of these violations would constitute "improper practices" which provides grounds for impeachment under Article X, Section 10 of the Palau Constitution.
This argument concerns the very essence of impartial decision making, and yet these bold claims go unsubstantiated, as not one instance exist in the history of this Republic of impeachment proceedings or even a complaint filed against a judge for such flagrant misconduct. For this argument to have any merit at all, voters must accept the premise that Palauan justices disregard laws and shirk their sworn ethical obligations on a daily basis. Justices are appointed by the President after years of education and careers in the practice of law and on their solemn oaths to act as stewards of justice. In a constitutional republic, there must exist some degree of trust that those with public responsibilities have the training and discipline to perform these obs satisfactorily. Without such trust, there is no system that would hold in check all of man's frailties...
(Tia Belau, August 25 - 31, 2008)
Palau is at risk of a major dengue epidemic with about 6 percent of the afflicted likely to loose their lives due to the health ministry's cash strapped operations, Bureau of Public Health (BPH) Director Dr. Stevenson Kuartei warned this week. In a letter to Minister of Health Dr. Victor Yano, Dr. Kuartei explained that with budget reduction for this year it is more difficult for medical staff to treat the community well..."Minister, with budget reduction for this year it is becoming more difficult to mobilize adequate resources for community mobilization, vector control, surveillance and clinical management of those who have become infected," Dr. Kuartei said. "Because of the above reasons, Palau is at risk of a major dengue fever epidemic that will have long lasting health and economic consequences." In his recommendations on how to deal with the impending epidemic, he asked that the leadership place this issue as national priority and mobilize all appropriate resources to deal with it. Activate the National Avian Influenza and Emergency Infection Task Force to deal directly with this issue because it is beyond just the Ministry of Health and now must depend on the leadership and the community to do their part. (Island Times, August 22, 2008)
A scheduled appearance last night on OTV's 'Ngerchelel Belau' with Whipps-Kuartei was canceled as they didn't show up for what was expected to be an interview by program host Joe Aitaro and members of the Voices. No explanation was given by the campaign of their no show. Previously, two presidential teams Koshiba-Ngiraingas and Toribiong-Mariur had each appeared in 'Ngerchelel Belau'.
Remengesau has told Palauans that he’s not attending the Forum to protest Fiji’s decision to not hold parliamentary elections next November, as promised at last year’s Forum summit in Tonga...However, according to the Fiji Times today, Forum spokesman Johnson
Honimae said they had received a letter from Remengesau yesterday
saying that he would not attend the meeting because of commitments at
home. More here.
Instead Remengesau will take his latest leg of farewell tour to Hawaii over the weekend. He is said to host a meeting Saturday, August 23 at the Ala Moana Hotel from 6pm - 11pm.
The Whipps-Kuartei duo was slowing down as team leader Surangel was in Japan attending APPU assembly and only returned last Saturday morning. Less management no doubt will be expected of campaign manager Haruo Wilter who had thrown his hat in the Senate ring which could occupy him until November 4. He said though that Surangel has a team of 7 to contest the 13 Senate posts. (Tia Belau, August 8 - 15, 2008)
Here's the 44 senatorial candidates.
A latest report by the Public Auditor made available last week revealed that Palau Ambassador to the United States Hershey Kyota had two loans totaling $180,000. One loan in the amount of 160,000 was made in 2002 and the other $20,000 in 2007. These loans were uncovered by the Public Auditor who found the loans to be unauthorized and illegal and have not been paid. (Tia Belau, August 8 - 15, 2008)
A radio call-in poll conducted this morning by Echo-Paradise FM had Chin-Seid leading with a wide margin against his three other presidential opponents. The breakdown:
1. Chin-Seid - 20
2. Joshua-Jackson - 10
3. Johnson-Mariur - 7
3. Surangel-Kuartei - 7
"Each minister made an individual decision to run...they have done the best they can in these trying times. I am satisfied with their performances and I think they will do a good job if elected...But after my term is over, they will be unemployed and they are just like everybody else...they need to provide for their families...I think that's why they are running," Remengesau said. (Island Times, August15, 2008)
The House of Delegates has given its initial nod to a bill that would allow former OEK members to receive up to half of their salary for one year after they leave office. Introduced by Del. Noah Secharraimul, HB 7-215-35 argues that doing so would provide "a buffer for members of the OEK who are serving their final term to prevent conflicts of interest that would potentially arise when a member attempts to secure employment while serving in elected office..." The good delegate calls it a "stipend." We say nonsense. (Island Times Editorial, August 15, 2008)
The local population is going to be reduced by at least 60 in the next couple of weeks, as scores of our able-bodied young men and women move to the Midwest US to work in meat processing and packaging plant. Many of these jobs are actually back breaking work and require long hours but our fellow citizens are lured by the promise of salaries that start at $10 and up to $18 an hour, opportunities that can't e found here at home. They will join dozens more from the other freely associated states - the Marshalls and FSM - in beginning new lives in wind swept plains of Iowa. As incentives, the company will provide housing, pay the cost of relocation for those with families and even provide loans to get them started. Not a bad deal if you are stuck in Honto struggling everyday to make ends meet with no real hope of a better tomorrow in sight. (Island Times Editorial, August 15, 2008)
The 16 defendants met with Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong on Monday and trials are scheduled to begin in November. Harley will now be able to continue prosecuting those cases. The Chief Justice ruled that each person must be individually prosecuted, prompting Harley to request additional funding from the President and Congress to enable his office to both pursue the ongoing investigation as well as the impending trials. More here.
Palau has a total of 274 classroom teachers but 38 percent do not have Associate Degrees. Statistics of the MOE shows 105 have high school diplomas and teaching experience in Headstart; 98 have Associate Degrees or finished two year course in college; 49 have Bachelors Degree or finished a four-year course in college and 11 have Masters Degrees...some of the teachers are undergoing online course for teaching at the Sand Diego State Univeristy. (Palau Horizon, Aug. 12 - 14, 2008)
The Bureau of Land Survey (BLS) conduct of cadastral, filing of claims and monumentation stopped today after lawmakers failed to pass a supplemental budget which contains the provision that will extend the BLS's work beyond August 11...RPPL 7-26 mandates that after August 11, monumentation, cadastral work and filing of claims will no longer be part of the BLS work...Last week the Senate passed on third and final reading the Consumer Protection Act measure which contains a rider extending the BLS's work. The measure was rejected by the HoD. The HoD instead placed the provision as a rider to the supplemental budget bill. The bill was approved by the HoD and transmitted to the Senate for approval. The Senate earlier approved the supplemental budget measure and sent to the HoD. The HoD introducing several amendments including BLS extension, sent it back to the Senate for approval. (Palau Horizon, Aug. 12 - 14, 2008)
Pacific Magazine has learned that Independent Counsel Lewis Harley, who has lead the investigation into the bank’s sudden collapse, today told a scheduling conference before Palau Supreme Court Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong that he may not be able to prosecute the cases. Harley’s contract has yet to be renewed by Palau President Tommy Remengesau, despite the president’s statement last week that he was satisfied with the independent counsel’s performance. More here.
The question many asks is why did the president who filed for the Senate the same morning, invited his political nemesis and combative and popular Senator who never lost an election in 40 years to his press conference and allowed him to ask these questions...He [Remengesau] opened a Pandora's box and now he has to tell the people why he said he owns 6 or 7 lands while the court records show that there are 17 lands with certificate of title in his name and 30 lands with the recorded deeds or bill of sale to him. Why he said there were two SUV's where in fact there were 3 - one brown, one green which are gone, and one black at his house. What about the jeep, a pick-up, and another vehicle as well as his boat.
And with his salary of $55,000 a year or $400,000 for the past 8 years, where did he get the money top pay for the 40 some lands are more sure worth over a million, 3 SUV's, and I sedan Lexus, 1 or 2 Harleys, a second house in Choll and reportedly another one, in Las Vegas. The young, articulate and world environment champion must explain to the people these disturbing and very serious quesitons especially now that he is a Senate candidate.
(Tia Belau Editorial, August 8 - 15, 2008)
During last Wedensday's press conference, presidential aspirant Sen. Joshua Koshiba mentioned that the president has acquired a total of 47 real properties all over Palau. Copies as been made and being distributed around town, even by a Senatorial candidate who brought copies over to Did Ra Ngmatel yesterday.
Document Description Land Name Grantor/Lessor Grantee/Lessee
1. Agreement to purchase Belituu Washington Elidechedong Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
2. Bill of Sale & Deed Ibkes Vallary Valenzuela Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
3. Bill of Sale & Deed Ngertoluk Chiokai Kloulubak Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
4. Bill of Sale & Deed Ngerkewung Sasao Ikeya Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
5. Bill of Sale & Deed Alvina Timarong Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
6. Bill of Sale & Deed Anna Ramarui Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
7. Bill of Sale & Deed Maria Rehuher Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
8. Bill of Sale & Deed Faustina Rehuher Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
9. Bill of Sale & Deed Lalii Ngiratreked Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
10. Bill of Sale & Dee Beduradebusech Masaharu Rekemesik Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
11. Bill of Sale & Deed Ibkes Patrick Ramarii Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
12. Bill of Sale & Deed Beduradebusech Masaharu Rekemesik Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
Business/Commercial Madalaii KSPLA Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
13. Certificate of title #001-07 Ngerkewung Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
14. Certificate of title #004-01 Ibkes Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
15. Certificate of title#008-07 Torch Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
16. Certificate of title #035-08 Imelchol Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
17. Certificate of title #1039-02 Ngeribukel Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
18. Certificate of title #1067-04 Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
19. Certificate of title #1091-05 Delbong Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
20. Certificate of title #1121-05 Itaoch Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
21. Certificate of title #189-03 Ngal Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
22. Certificate of title #374-01 Ngersei Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
23. Certificate of title #i427-01 Ibkes Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
24. Certificate of title #439-01 Baduradebusech Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
25. Certificate of title #440-01 Beduradebusech Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
26. Certificate of title #487-08 Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
27. Certificate of title #508-05 Ngertoluk Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
28. Certificate of title #545-01 Emoi Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
29. Certificate of title #916-05 Olekulraruchel Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
30. Certificate of title #938-06 Torch Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
31. Contractual Agreement Trusl Koichi Masuda Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
32. Deed og Gift Misuho Lot No. 41495 Ernest Ngirkelau Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
33. Deed of Sale & Transfer Ngersei Gustav Ellechelchol Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
34. Deed of Transfer Eswar/Olekulkudel Timothy Sinsak Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
35. Deed of Transfer Eswar/Olekulkudel Juliana Sinsak Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
36. Deed of Transfer Debochel William Ngiraikelau Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
37. Determination of Land Court Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
38. Transfer conveyance Wataru Elbelau Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
39. Waranty of Deed Torch Bitalbeluu Lineage Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
40. Waranty of Deed Torch Angel Udui Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
41. Waranty of Deed Itaoch Miller Kual Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
42. Waranty of Deed Idesang/Ngeseaes Benito Obak Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
43. Waranty of Deed Idesang/Ngeseaes Amonaria Ngoriakl Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
44. Waranty of Deed Idesang/Ngeseaes Tiou Clan Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
45. Waranty of Deed Belituu Washington Elidechedong Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
46. Waranty of Deed Imelchol Jonathan isechal Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
47. Waranty of Deed Idesang/Ngeseaes Doris Mad Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
It is said that Remengesau's cabinet members and special assistants, with almost all of whom running for OEK are said to have voiced disappointment upon learning that Remengesau has decided to enter the Senate race. Many of whom planned to wage their campaign in a new image without being dubbed as one of Remengesau's cohorts. The last thing they wanted is having the many issues this adminsitration have found itself defending from the presidential candidates dogging them through out this campaign. The president's decision to join the race doesn't make it any easier as they try to shake off the label as being a member of the Remengesau's posse.
Presidential candidate Camsek Chin…has sought the endorsement of President Remengesau…He acknowledge though, that the endorsement he had asked for might not be forthcoming…He said he knows that the president would likely support the presidential bid of Senate President Surangel Whipps, one of whose sons is married to Remengesau’s sister. He also noted that that Whipps’ running mate is the president’s chief of staff. (Island Times, August 8, 2008)
1. Noah Kemesong 1. Tmewang Rengulbai
2. Jeffrey Titiml 2. Noah Sechalraimul
1. Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg 1. Rebluud Kesolei
2. Marhence Madrangchar 2. Balkuu Kumangai
3. Don Bukurrou 3. Lucio Ngiraiwet
4. Dilmai J. Saiske
NGARAARD 1. Swenny M. Ongidobel
1. Gibson Kanai 2. Alonzo Kyota
2. Salvador Remoket 3. Portia K. Franz
3. Antonio Bells
NGIWAL 1. Jerry Nabeyama
1. Krispin Termeteet 2. Valentino Emesiochel
2. Noah T. Idechong
3. rancis X. Llecholch AIMELIIK
4. Pablo "Rull" Temol 1. Kalistus Ngirturong
2. Warren S. Umetaro
1. Lencer Basilius KOROR
2. F. Kazuo Asanuma 1. Alexander Merep
3. Danny Sumang Ongelungel 2. Hilario "Hill" Ngiraidong
4. Theodore Rengulbai 3. Salvador Tellames
1. Secilil Eldebechel 1. Jonathan "Cio" Isechal
2. Bonifacio S. Basilius
3. Moses Y. Uludong ANGAUR
4. Zacheus Kotaro 1. Horace N. Rafael
5. Marcello Cello Ngiraikelau 2. Natus Misech
6. Sirino Hideo 3. Mario S. Gulibert
7. Sabino Anastacio
Four HOD members who are barred by the constitution to seek another term filed their election papers yesterday at the Election Commission office. They expect their nominating petitions to be rejected by the Election Board so they can raise up a challenge in the Supreme Court to rule on the retroactivity of the term limit mandated by the new amendemnt to the constitution.
The HOD members are Dels. Antonio Bells - Ngaraard; Mario Gulibert - Angaur; Flavian Carlos - Sonsorol; Sabino Anastacio - Ngchesar; Lucio Ngiraiwet - Ngardmau.
While at the office of the Palau Election Commission around 3:00pm today, I saw Remengesau's name at number 38 on the list of those who have filed nominating petition to be on the ballot this coming November 4.
Otoichi Besebes officially submitted his nominating peitition to the Senate last Friday bringing to six the number of presidential cabinet members seeking a seat in the Olbiil Era Kelulau in the November elections. The other cabinet members include Minister of R&D Fritz Koshiba; Minister Of Finance Elbuchel Sadang; Minister of State Temmy Shmull; Minister of Education Mario Katosang; Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs Alex Merep; all running for the Senate except Minister Merep who is running for Koror State Delegate seat. Only Minister of Health Dr. Victor Yano is not running, though his Jennifer Yano wife has filed to run for a senate seat.
Along with cabinet members, a number of Presidential Assistants have also filed their candidacy. They are Joan "Hinang" Demei; Jeff Ngirarsaol; Risong Tarkong.
Chief of Staff has joined Surangel to be his VP running mate; Assistant Chief of Staff
Dwight Alexander has filed for Senate.
VP Camsek Chin is running for President
President Remegnesau is downgrading, now apsires to be a Senator again.
In a new twist, my landlord told me this evening that Haruo Wilter's wife came by to our house circulating her husband's nominating petition for the Senate. So apparently, it's no longer a disagreement over VP's choice nor a health issue either, but a Senatorial aspiration that led Wilter to quit Surangel's camp.
An unconfirmed report that has been making round has it that Haruo Wilter who is the chairman of Surangel Campaign Committee has resigned from his post. He is said to have disagreed with the choice of Billy Kuartei as Surangel's running mate, having favored someone from outside the government who has no ties to the current administration. Don't know how much stock to put on this report but there you have it.
Here's a report from the Pacific Magazine.
A frequent Did Ra Ngmatel patron mentioned this evening that he was at the joint when Remengesau's nominating petition for the Senate was brought in and circulated for signatures among the group of people around 4:00pm today. No words as to whether the president is aware of the peitition or a group of supporters are taking the initiative to gather signatures. It should be recalled that in Saipan Remengesau said that he may contest for a seat in the Senate. "In politics, never say never," he said.
To allow Palauan citizens abroad to pay taxes to the Republic of Palau.
THE PEOPLE OF PALAU REPRESENTED IN THE OLBIIL ERA KELULAU DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative findings. The Olbiil Era Kelulau finds that there are over 4,000 Palauans residing abroad and most are employed. Most of these citizens remain connected to Palau in some form, either through family, close personal connection, or for example, by maintaining their voter registration. These citizens also express their desire to stay connected to their home country in meaningful ways and would like to help the Palau government improve and maintain financial stability. To help this Palau citizens materially contribute to the financial health of Palau's government, the Olbiil Era Kelulau finds these citizens should have the chance to contribute their tax dollars to Palau's government. To facilitate such an opportunity to pay taxes on their income if they choose to do so.
Section 2. Amendment. Title 40 of the Palau National Code is hereby amended by adding a new section to read as follows:
"SS 1106. Palau citizens residing abroad. A Palau citizen resideng abroad may, subject to the approval of the Director, pay taxes on income to the Republic pursuant to Section 1101 of this Title. The Director shall determine the information a taxpayer shall submit when applying for taxes under this Section."
Section 3. Effective Date. This Act shall take effect upon its approval by the President of the Republic of Palau, or upon its becoming without such approval, except as otherwise provided by law.
Date: 7/23/08 Introduced by: /s/
Santy S. Asanuma, Senator
The Foreign Investment Board (FIB) has given approval to two projects in Melekeok and Ngaraard worth over $150 million. An FIAC No. 398A-2008 authorizes Babeldaob Resort Development, Ltd. to engage in the business of developing a residential and resort complex in Ngaraard State including apartments, condominiums, private residences, hotel and resort. Babeldaob Resort Development has leased a large parcel of land called Ngerengchong in elab, Ngaraard for 50 years plus 49 year option in order to build and operate initially 50 high end cottages and related amenities that will be worth above $50 million according to FIB documents and Ngaraard sources.
The FIB on July 21 also approved FIAC for KOPA Development, Inc. to construct, manage, own hotel and condominium rsort complex and related amenities at Dormechol, Melekeok State for close to $100 million. The investors for the Melekeok project are from Korea. They reportedly subleased for $2.5 million Dormechol land originally leased to UMDA by Melekeok State Public Land Authority in the 1980's. The Korean group is said to be represented by Mr. ha and they have been talking with UMDA and Melekeok state government for over one year and finally reached a deal. (Tia Belau, Aug. 1 - 7, 2008)
Remengesau said he was surprised with information from Ministry of Education that for this school year, there are less than 3,000 students enrolled in public elementary school. "I found out (last Tuesday) for the first time in the history of Palau, there was never a time before, that enrollment for elementary public school was below 3,000," Remengesau said. He said the Bureau of Education has surmised that the decreasing number of students in the elementary level could be attributed to the low birth rate of Palau. "Thsi reflects in the smaller number of students registering for first grade," he added. (Island Times, Aug. 01, 2008)
On June 16, FIB wrote a letter to Katsuo Kamishii of Kamishii Enterprise Company demanding copies of lease for lands in Palau that he had leased or subleased in the past several years and the lease payments that he had recieved. Kamishii Enterprise was granted FIAC No. 247-98 in 1998 to operate a bar and restaurant in Ngarkebesand, Koror called Ashibi...Kamishii has reportedly has used at least two Palauans to buy over ten lands in Palau and in turn leased the alnds from them and then subleased to Japanese investors for millions of dollars. A citizen submitted a complaint to FIB recently about Kamishii's land lease which formed the basis of investigation. (Tia Belau, Aug. 1 - 7, 2008)
Remengesau was batting for quality education which will prepare Palauan young people to better life and avert possibility of them becoming minority in their own country. Recognizing also the needs of the teachers, Remengesau is hoping that the next administration will continue to look at their plight and make education as one of the priorities of government budget which will also address the possible outmigration issue of teachers. (Tia Belau, Aug. 1 - 7, 2008)
Shell last week issued a "notice of suspension of PPUC Commercial Supply Agreement" for what it says is the utility's failure to keep and maintain the Aimeliik mooring buoys...in a letter to PPUC Chairman Kione Isechal and CEO/GM Satoru Adachi dated July 23, expressed Shell's disappointment over the power firm's inaction since March 16, 2007 audit report of the mooring buoys..."In the past year, Shell has obtained waivers from Shell's Marine Department on an order-by-order basis, on the assurances that the PPUC will repair the mooring buoys shortly or that agreement for its repair is imminent. It appears, however, that time has runout...due to the condition of the mooring buoys, Shell Palau can longer obtain approval to deliver fuel to the Aimeliik tanks," [Shell Palau Area manager Frank] Kyota said. (Island Times, Aug. 01, 2008)
Surangel's VP running mate Billy Kuartei said he will resign as the Compact Negotiator for Palau but not as Presidential Chief of Staff for the remaining five months of this last term of President Remengesau. (Tia Belau, Aug. 1 - 7, 2008)
Next Wednesday's (Aug. 6) scheduled president's press conference should be explosive as Koshiba has indicated he will attend in connection with the issues surrounding the the ongoing investigation of the defunct PBS. This after Remengesau in last Wednesday's press conference extended the invitation to Koshiba.
A large entourage of 13 member delegation led by Remengesau to Saipan and Guam during the weekend of July 11-14, 2008 costs in excess of tax payers money of over $20,000 according to the report from the Ministry of Finance...Those who were on government TA's; Speaker Bells, Governor Laurentino Ulechong, Governor Lazarus Kodep, Ngaraard State Speaker Isaac Bai, Camera man Jeff Erungel, CIP Manager Brian Melaireri, Apsalom Ngiraklang, Roland Ngirengkoi, Martin Sokau, Cleophas Roberts. However, the amount for Sen. Alfonso Diaz spent for the trip was not revealed with OEK Joint Staff saying that permission is required for release. (Tia Belau, Aug. 1 - 7, 2008)
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President Remengesau said he has all the intention to retain the independent counsel of the failed Pacific Savings Bank, Lewis Harley whose contract will expire on August 15...The president issued his commitment to retain Harley after presidential candidate Senator Joshua Koshiba issued statements that put doubt on the president's trust to Harley. (Tia Belau, Aug. 1 - 7, 2008)
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