Apatang reiterates call for stricter vandalism policies

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang reiterated his plea to the Legislature to enact stricter vandalism rules after finding out that both markers erected recognizing a former governor been defaced.

He did consider that the letters may have fallen out by themselves due to poor construction or if vandals hit it again. Either way, Apatang reiterated his advocacy for stricter anti-vandalism rules.

The Saipan Mayor’s Office first spoke out in mid-August 2018 after one of the two monuments that named the Beach Road Pathway after former governor Froilan C. Tenorio were completely defaced at the Susupe side.

“I hope it is not vandalism and I hope the contractor in charge of the project could put the names back because these monuments are in honor of former governor Tenorio,” Apatang said. “I think we need to look at the vandalism law and see if we need to tighten [the law] up a little bit.”

Apatang recalled one situation where government property was painted on, taking a substantial financial toll.

“It takes time and money—taxpayers’ money,” Apatang said.

The Division of Parks and Recreation under the Department of Lands and Natural Resources may fine an individual up to $500 for vandalism.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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