‘I got nothing to hide’

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Posted on Dec 12 2019
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Thus said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres in response to the Open Government Act request that the House of Representatives minority bloc sent to Finance Secretary David Atalig last Tuesday, where they sought access to records connected to Torres’ travel and reimbursement requests from as far back as October 2014, among others.

“All my documentation, anybody can get it, there is nothing to hide,” Torres said. “If they want to do an OG [Open Government] on it, go ahead. If they have questions on the expenditure, please feel free. I got nothing to hide.”

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the third home repaired under the CNMI-Federal Emergency Management Agency Permanent Home Construction Repair Program yesterday in Kagman, the governor reiterated that an investigation is already in place and that there is nothing to hide.

“If there are specific questions that they want, they could go ahead and ask. Again, there is an investigation, there is nothing to hide there. But at the end of the day, I feel comfortable that I will be cleared,” he added.

Following the House minority bloc’s request Tuesday, the administration issued a statement that the documents were made available in response to an Open Government Act request.

Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant on Torres’ office on Capital Hill, along with others in the CNMI, in early November, as part of an investigation into possible violations of federal laws.

The case is still under investigation.

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com
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