Ombudsman Moses Uludong was charged with one count of forgery for forging a chief’s signature when he filed a libel lawsuit against several individuals including members of the media for reporting that two seats in BaiMelekeong-the highest traditional council of chiefs of Melekeok State have been declared vacant. Here.
Alonso Joseph, Director of Bureau of Economic and Development was charged with 20 counts of criminal offense in connection with the illegal fishing activity of six fishing vessels from Philippines. Here
“The proposal is to bring substantial degree of fairness to the salaries of the officials of three branches of our National Government; and if we have to reduce our salaries then it will be done proportionally based upon the relative weight of the responsibilities of our offices,” the president said. Here.
I have added a new category "Blogroll" to the right sidebar. The new category is to provide ready links and to draw attention to two weblogs that actively generate local content. The recently created "The Belau Blog" which calls itself 'The Official Blog of the President of the Republic of Palau' and the 'A Le Ko Kau Forum' which actually started back in 2007, but had been inactive until recently.
In case you are wondering who administers the two blogs, let me just say that OKEDYULABELUU is already one too many for me.
Palau’s Compact of Free Association Trust Fund has reached $130,551,000. Del. Jonathan Isechal said that the market is picking up because the amount is now over $15 million compared to the lowest amount of $115 million in February. Here.
I am not as web savvy as the other commenters on this site. But, too many times I have blocked other commenters only to see them again trolling this site. And so now comes comment registration. Whether I will make it open again to unregistered comments will be a decision I will take up in the future. In the meantime, you are free to email me with your comments and suggestions.
"It was easy to spend a million dollars campaigning and now they want a salary raise. They should have known beforehand what their getting themselves into like I did. I knew what I was getting myself into and even if I were just provided only with office expense I will continue to do as much. I oppose the salary increase and certainly not in this struggling economy. The salary increase is not consistent with the your announced 10 percent accross the board cut for proposed FY2010. It's not the right time. Bom chelellakl," Diaz said in his Ngerngellecheluu program this morning July 16.
Diaz on other recent occasions has gone on air ridiculing and calling into questions President Toribiong's proposals and decisions. He went-off railing against the president's proposal to revamp the current FIB law, and called Toribiong's decision to accept the Uighurs as akin to "smearing a shit on the face of Palau."
The Malaysian investors who planned to invest here in Palau in 2006 have prevailed in their appeal when the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court reversed the Trial Court's ruling in connection to contempt of court order issued against them in 2007.
The Senate's majority has been shaken by the resignation of Joel Toribiong as chairman of the Senate JGA Committee. Joel's resignation may not be a surprised to some as he has shown his dispelasure of the Senate's leadership, especially with Senate President Tmetuchl who prefers to expends his political capital protecting Diaz instead of looking to push through the backlog of proposed legislations in the Senate. Mlib's faction is said to be uneasy with his preoccupation of shielding Diaz, that as they have admitted have put senate in the negative light.
The Senate may not be far away from changing hands.
But the head of Palau's negotiating team, Joshua Koshiba, said the offer to take the Chinese detainees was "a positive for the negotiation" on the compact.
"I can point my finger at them now and say, 'See, we are helping you too, without asking for help only,"' Koshiba told AP.
If the U.S. doesn't agree to Palau's new terms, Koshiba said, his country will weigh its options.
"When you have a friend, if they don't want to be your friend anymore, what do you do? Don't you look for another friend?" Koshiba said.
Mark Bezner, the top U.S. official in Palau who will also take part in the talks, called the extension request "a radical departure" from previous discussions but said Washington would consider any proposal made by the Palauans. Story here.
Or is this another political game directed by other high above? Island Times contacted SP's office last week inquiring about a different case altogether, bu Mr. Copeland deftly avoided a direct response and instead promised it would send over a press release. He did, but it turned out to be worthless case that if anything should be a cause for concern if it is any indication of the kind of work being performed by this important independent office.
Yesterday, Remengesau issued a statement clarifying his filing records..."I am being charged basically 'technical information related to the filing of personal assets under the Code of Ethics law. They are misdemeanor charges but I intend to vigorously contest them as I have reported the information n those properties since 2001. I have never been advised that the information I have been reporting every year is insufficient or incomplete," Remengesau said.
Health Minister Dr. Stevenson Kuartei announced that Palau has its first laboratory confirmed case of Influenza A(H1N1), after receiving lab results yesterday morning from the first batch of samples sent to Melbourne, Australia early in June 2009. Here.
In Criminal Case No. 09-092
file by Special Prosecutor Michael Copeland for the government, counts one to
five states that defendant Remengesau as a public official in his 2002 yearly
ethics discourse statement, failed to disclose the transfer in 2001 of five
pieces of real estate property to his possession, each of which is valued at
over $1,000. The previous owners of the five lands were Patrick Remarii, Gustav
Ellechel, Rekemesik, Rekemesik S.R, and Vallary Valenzuela. Four of the lands
are located in Ngaremlengui while one is in Ngarchelong...
"I am also requesting the Olbiil Era Kelulau to raise the salary of President, Vice President, and the Ministers to a level commensurate with their responsibilities and with the compensation paid to the members of the legislative branches of government. The requested increases should be granted as a matter of equity and logic. If in the future it becomes necessary to reduce the compensation of members of the OEK, then compensation fo the officials of the executive branch, and certain judges, will be reduced in equal measure," said President Toribiong in his proposed FY 2010 budget transmittal letter to HOD Speaker Idechong on Friday.