3 former Rota officials, another arrested for corruption charges


Members of the CNMI Public Corruption and White Collar Crimes Task Force arrested this morning, Thursday, on Rota three former municipal officials and another person for alleged conspiracy to steal government properties.

Department of Public Safety acting spokesman Jason Tarkong identified the suspects as Andrew A. Barcinas, 44; Rowena Barcinas, 43; Tina M. Atalig, 46; and Alfred M. Apatang, 41.

Tarkong said DPS will defer on comment concerning details of the investigation to the Office of the Public Auditor.

Saipan Tribune learned that Rowena Barcinas is the former Rota Procurement officer, while Andrew Barcinas is her husband. Atalig is former secretary of then-Rota Mayor Melchor A. Mendiola, while Apatang is the former field supervisor of then-Mayor Mendiola.

More details to follow.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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