BREAKING NEWS: Torres, Palacios, Sablan face each other in gubernatorial debate


Gov. Ralph DLGTorres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, and Rep. Christina E. Sablan (D-Saipan) faced each other in the 2022 Gubernatorial Candidate Debate hosted by the Saipan Chamber of Commerce at the World Resort Saipan’s Taga Hall Thursday night.

Torres, Palacios, and Sablan debated 12 questions from a variety of topics that include the environment, workforce, zoning regulations, healthcare, workforce/immigration, gaming, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, and the economy.
Each candidate was allowed an opening statement of not more than two minutes long and a closing statement of not more than three minutes long.

The Taga Hall was packed mostly with supporters of the candidates.

Torres is running under the Republican Party, with Sen. Vinnie F. Sablan (R-Saipan) as his running mate for lieutenant governor, for the Nov. 8 general elections.

Palacios is seeking the governor’s position, with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang as his running mate as lieutenant governor under a unified independent team.

Sablan is gunning for the governor’s position under the Democratic Party, with Rep. Leila Staffler (D-Saipan), as her running mate as lieutenant governor.

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
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