Inos’ family gives thanks for outpouring of support


The Commonwealth lost a leader with the passing of the late governor Eloy S. Inos, but his family lost more—a beloved father.

Yesterday, the public bore witness to and shared the grief evident to those who have known Inos all his life, and known him beyond the workplace and the political arena.

During funeral services at Mt. Carmel Cathedral yesterday, Associate Justice Perry Inos Sr., who spoke on behalf of the family, mentioned and thanked various people and community members in Chamorro.

“On behalf of the governor’s children, siblings, in-laws, and their spouses, I extend to all a sincerest appreciation,” Inos said. “We are deeply touched by your presence today. We humbly ask for continued prayers.”

While Inos’ family shied away from the media, his children—Dora Anne Inos Deleon Guerrero, Elaine Michelle Inos, Eloise Kay Inos, Christine Mae Inos, Fleauretta Jean Inos, and Velma Paulette Apatang-Lore—expressed their gratitude to the Commonwealth in a statement.

“To the dear people of the Commonwealth and friends near and far, Un Sen Dangkulu Na Si Yu’us Ma’ase from the bottom of our hearts. Words cannot express the deep gratitude and appreciation that we have for the mountain of prayers, overwhelming support and unconditional love that you have for our father,” Inos’ children stated in the message printed on the back of the funeral program that was handed out during the ceremonies.

They said that through the support of everyone from all over the world, the weight in their hearts was lifted.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn his loss but the tremendous support and comfort that we have received from all over the world have made the weight lighter and easier to bear,” they said.

The children also noted that Inos always decided for the best interest of the CNMI.

“We lost a great man who had a big and humble heart with the passion to help. The decisions he made were always for the best interest of the Commonwealth and her people. He made a lot of sacrifices, spent countless hours, days and sleepless nights to find solutions to improve and better the state of the Commonwealth and the lives of every man, woman and child,” they said.

They also said thanked the Commonwealth for letting their father serve the people and hoped that he made them proud.

“We are extremely proud of all his accomplishments and hope that he made you proud too. On behalf of the Inos family, thank you to the people of the Commonwealth for giving our beloved Honorable Governor Eulogio Songao Inos the honor and opportunity to serve you,” the statement said.

“May the new year bring love, peace, happiness, good health and prosperity to all. Your kindness and support will forever be in our hearts. God bless us all and our great Commonwealth!” it added.

Frauleine S. Villanueva-Dizon | Reporter
Frauleine Michelle S. Villanueva was a broadcast news producer in the Philippines before moving to the CNMI to pursue becoming a print journalist. She is interested in weather and environmental reporting but is an all-around writer. She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Journalism and was a sportswriter in the student publication.

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