Former President and now Sen. Tommy Remengesau had been silent since he left office...finally spoke out for the first time last week after President Johnson Toribiong in his first report to the Congress on April 20 bared a rather bleak and precarious national state of financial affairs...Remengesau took on Toribiong on his report that his administration inherited a government with no current budget, massive financial shortfall, reduction in revenues, deficit of over $4 million and unpaid installment to banks and international bodies amounting to over $2M.
Remengesau and his former Finance Minister said that the debts are normal carry-over bills...and has occurred since the Nakamura administration...this did not occur only after election...The two...challenged Toribiong on his statement that left his administration debts that he needs to find money to pay.
Senator Remengesau ...obtain a legal opinion...that Toribiong’s executive order last month to postpone the collection of the so called Green Fee of $30 from each of the arriving visitors...was unconstitutional. “the President is effectively going beyond his constitutional authority to enforce the law of the land,” stated the Senate legal counsel’s opinion. It can be recalled that one of Remengesau’s favorite program was a Protected Area Network (PAN) legislation that requires payment of $30 in addition to the current $20 by a visitor to Palau for conservation of the environment...In these two matters, the former President challenged the current one publicly for the first time and it appeared that the honeymoon for Toribiong administration is over after the first 100 days in office. (Tia Belau, May 4-10, 2009)