Sen. Juan M. Ayuyu (Ind-Rota) submitted his resignation as a senator prior to the Senate’s 2:30pm Wednesday session but his resignation takes effect on Oct. 7, Saipan Tribune learned.
The Senate Committee on Rules and Procedures may still recommend his immediate expulsion during the Senate session ongoing as of 5pm. But around 5:15pm, the Senate went on recess to work on the fiscal year 2013 budget bill.
The Senate session resumes Wednesday night.
Ayuyu’s resignation effective Oct. 7 will be about a month before his Nov. 8 sentencing.
The senator faces 33 to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling endangered fruit bats from Rota to Saipan and obstruction of justice.
He has been released temporarily from prison awaiting his sentencing but was not at the Wednesday Senate session.
Ayuyu, 48, was in jail since Dec. 17, 2012, on charges of alleged smuggling of endangered fruit bats, witness tampering, and possession of a cell phone while in prison.
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