Rep. Janet U. Maratita (Ind-Saipan) filed this afternoon, Monday, a motion for temporary restraining order and a motion for preliminary injunction in Superior Court to prevent Gov. Benigno R. Fitial, former Attorney General Edward T. Buckingham, and Saipan Development LLC from pursuing the 25-year power purchase agreement.
Maratita, through counsel Ramon K. Quichocho, described the deal as “of constitutional magnitude” and stated that this matter is of great public concern and interest because it involves a secret deal that will cost the CNMI taxpayers and ratepayers over $200 million in 25 years.
Maratita also filed this afternoon, Monday, a taxpayer's lawsuit against Fitial, Buckingham, Commonwealth Utilities Corp., and Saipan Development LLC over the signing of the power purchase agreement on Aug. 3, 2012.
The lawmaker asked the Superior Court to declare that the power purchase agreement is unconstitutional, illegal, unconscionable, and unjust, and therefore cancelled.
More details to follow.