Dems challenge GOP to debate on PSS funding, CNMI economy


The Democratic Party of the Northern Marianas has invited the NMI Republican Party to a public debate on several issues, including the state of the CNMI economy and funding for the Public School System.

Democratic Party of the NMI chair Nola Kileleman Hix told Saipan Tribune last Thursday that they hand-delivered their letter of invitation for the debate last Feb. 3 to NMI Republican Party president James Ada, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios.

Hix said their letters were signed and received but they have yet to hear a response.

In the letter, it said that the people of the Commonwealth would be honored and well-served to hear each party categorically state their positions on fundamental issues that directly impact the community’s lives and that of their children.

Other issues that the Democratic Party wants to discuss at the public debate are Public Law 5-11, the Government Ethics Code; public service, health and safety; CNMI workforce, U.S. Public Law 110-229; and what the people of Commonwealth deserve from their elected officials and political party leadership.

Hix suggested scheduling the debate last Feb. 19 in celebration of President’s Day, or March 23, Covenant Day, and can be sponsored by any high school student body (private or public), or the student leadership at the Northern Marianas College.

“If attendance fees are to be imposed, proceeds collected shall benefit the Scholarship Office and the Medical Referral Program,” Hix said.

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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