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Friday, April 25, 2014

Dela Cruz: People’s mandate will be satisfied; transparency

Incoming House vice speaker Frank Dela Cruz (IR-Saipan) said yesterday that people can expect their mandate to be satisfied in the 18th House of Representatives and that there will be transparency.

Dela Cruz said the new majority has committed themselves to work extra hard on issues such as the Commonwealth Health Center, the NMI Retirement Fund, and the high cost of electricity.

“And I will be honest with you, it will take a concerted efforts between the Legislature and the administration to work on these issues. And we commit ourselves to doing that, working with the administration,” he said.

The lawmaker said the other expectation the incoming House will try to satisfy is transparency in the Legislature.

“We have committed ourselves to air all committee meetings, not just sessions but each and every committee meeting so that the people are aware of what is going on in their Legislature,” he said.

Rep. George Camacho (R-Saipan), in a separate interview, said he and the three other minority members in the incoming 18th House will meet to formally organize.

“It’s a matter of addressing concerns, what are the other side’s concerns because the leadership may have a position on an issue. If we disagree then we must come together as one unit and propose the other side whether we have the votes or not,” said Camacho, who was floor leader in the 17th House.

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