AG’s opinion needed


There are two sides to every question, because, when there are no longer two sides it ceases to be a question.

What is it that our elected leaders in our CNMI government that they don’t understand about “conflict of interest” or “separation of powers,” or the Legislative Branch interfering in the affairs of the executive branch of the CNMI government? Oddly, this is the only governing jurisdiction in the entire U.S. system of democracy that perpetuates the power of governing in this fashion.

Perhaps we all are missing the proper answer of what is unconstitutional or unlawful. Our CNMI Constitution prohibits any member of the Legislature from interfering with the function, operations, and growing concern of the Executive Branch. Where is the OAG and AG or any member of the Legislature on this? The AG and his cohorts should start explaining so that we can understand. It is a shame that we are engaging poor examples to our next generation in that this force of habit and indifference by our constituted authorities are out of bounced in real and useful governing.

If our Public School System can declare its stand on “separation of state and church” by prohibiting the display of the “nativity” in school premises, even if disagreement erupts in this community because of that, the explanation afforded their stand on this sensitive matter. The higher order of the OAG and AG in this government should at least urge it to take a shot explaining why the CNMI Constitution is not applicable to the “separation of powers” and “conflict of interest” situation when an elected official of the Legislature taking charge of the highest elected office in the Executive Branch of this government. Otherwise, the common person in our CNMI community is clueless what is going on because when our elected AG withholds or misses the truth suggests falsehood.

Suspension may be no fault, but showing it may be a great one. We are eager to hear what our OAG, AG, and all elected officials should say about this anomaly in our way of governing. Is this too much or unfair to ask?

Francisco R. Agulto
Kanat Tabla

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