President Toribiong: "The numbers don't lie"
Senator Remengesau: "I do not know how the information is being presented to President Toribiong"
Here's President Toribiong in Monday edition of Tia Belau (May 11-17):
Referring to comments by Senator Remengesau about the [progress] report, President Toribiong said, the senator was stating his position about the funds, "I don't need to go beyond that. What is normal to me is for my administration to live within its means. i'm not going to leave any unpaid bills to the next administration," the president said.
He said the former president was of the view that it was normal for the new administration to inherit debts from prior administration, according to his explanation. "I think he has the right to say what he said. I have the right to tell the truth. He can challenge the facts but he has the right to explain his view on why the facts were that way. I did not say there is something wrong; these are facts when we took office. I'm not going to debate the facts. Figures don't lie. The senator is entitled to render his opinion like any other senator or delegate."
Here's Senator Remengesau responding in Tuesday issue of Palau Horizon (May 12-14):
Former President and Senator Remengesau said that all President Toribiong need to do about the financial situation is to ask clarification from the former adminsitration. He said that there were no illegal expenditures with him at the helm in the governmnet. "I do not know how the information is being presented to President Toribiong, but we're readily available to explain any misinformation. All they need to do is ask for clarification so that we don't continue to confuse or misinform the public. Election season is over and the people expect us to do what we've been promising-no excuses no blame," Remengesau said in a statement.
He said that there has been no cover up in the government's expenditures during his time and recent financial reports made by international organizations will prove transparency. "Let me also give the facts, we have only one financial system - one set of computerized accounting records. More importantly, there are highly competent and credible international organizations that have looked at our financial records and gace their independent, unbiased, and factual reports. Organizations like the U.S GAO, IMF, ADB, who we know would not cover up any wrong-doings for any administration. The reviews by the reputable international organizations have shown us where we are and what we need to do. There is no cover-up and we can easily prove our transparency just by looking at even few of those recent statements," Remengesau said. More here.