Inos’ remains arrive today


A motorcade will take the remains of the late governor Eloy S. Inos from the Francisco C. Ada-Saipan International Airport to the Borja Funeral Home in Oleai today, with the plane expected to touch down around 2:45pm.

An impressive color guard and pall bearers—from each law enforcement agency like the departments of Safety, Corrections, Fire, among others—will welcome and accompany Inos’ casket, according to administration officials present at a dry-run of the proceedings yesterday morning at the airport.

Press secretary Ivan Blanco said yesterday that the public can expect the motorcade to leave the airport around 3:15pm. There will be designated areas for the public to wait, as set by law enforcement agencies, and miniature U.S. and CNMI flags will be handed out.

Blanco told reporters this after a final planning meeting late yesterday afternoon. Cabinet members—who will also be at Inos’ arrival—were also called in for a meeting around 1:30pm at the Office of the Governor on Capital Hill.

It’s been a busy week for officials on the hill as they plan Inos’ arrival and funeral proceedings. More than a dozen dignitaries will be arriving from off-island starting this weekend—with the arrival of Insular Affairs Assistant Secretary Esther Kia’aina on Saturday, Saipan Tribune learned yesterday.

Those who have confirmed their attendance at Inos’ funeral at Mount Carmel Church on Tuesday, Jan. 12, include Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, Federated States of Micronesia Vice President Yosiwo George and his executive staff, Republic of Palau Vice President Antonio Bells and staff, State of Yap Lt. Gov. James Yangetmai, Jerome Ierome who will be representing the American Samoa governor, former Guam governor Felix Camacho and his wife JoAnn, and Lt. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, a three-star general and deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, as well as several U.S Coast Guard captains and lieutenants.

Inos died last week, Dec. 29, after a protracted battle with diabetes, making him the only CNMI governor to pass away while in office. He was 66 years old.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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