One of the retirees who opted out of the Fund settlement agreement has asked the federal court to temporarily bar the CNMI government and Gov. Eloy S. Inos from withholding his pension benefits and health insurance coverage, pending the resolution of his lawsuit.
Jesus I. Taisague, through counsel Ramon K. Quichocho, is seeking an injunction that will allow him to continue receiving his “constitutionally guaranteed retirement pension and health insurance coverage.”
As one of the 16 who opted out of the settlement agreement, Taisague stopped receiving his pension starting Oct. 15, 2013.
Because of this, Taisague said he will suffer irreparable harm as he is currently under two types of medication. Taisague said he will also be delinquent in his loan payments, which will harm his reputation. He said he will also not be able to pay for food, utilities, and other living expenses.
Quichocho said his client can demonstrate a very strong likelihood of success in his lawsuit considering that the CNMI government and Inos are breaching their constitutional contract with Taisague by impairing and diminishing the accrued benefits of the CNMI Retirement Fund system and by completely failing to pay Taisague’s pension and failing to provide health insurance coverage, as of Oct. 15, 2013.
Quichocho said the public suffers the same irreparable constitutional injury as Taisague when the CNMI Constitution and laws are “disregarded, ignored, and violated.”
Taisague is suing Inos, the CNMI government, and the Fund in federal court for entering into a settlement agreement with Betty Johnson that, according to him, is unconstitutional and illegal.