Manglona, Naraja, Govendo retain posts


Majority of voters voted to retain on the bench Associate Justice John A. Manglona, Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja, and Kenneth L. Govendo, according to the unofficial tally of the Commonwealth Election Commission.

The voters were asked if Manglona of the CNMI Supreme Court should be retained in office. The voters were also asked if Naraja and Govendo of the Superior Court should be retained in office.

Naraja got the highest “yes” votes after he got a total of 10,099 votes. His total “no” votes was 2,464.

Manglona obtained 9,802 “yes” votes and 2,688 “no” votes.

Govendo got 9,168 “yes” votes and 3,335 “no” votes.

Manglona received a “good” total average rating, while Naraja and Govendo each obtained an “acceptable” total average rating in the CNMI Bar Association’s evaluation of their performances on the bench.

“Good” means the magistrate often exceeds minimum standards of performance.

“Acceptable” means the magistrate meets minimum standards of performance.

Justice Manglona and Judges Naraja and Govendo were all seeking their third retention on the bench in Tuesday’s general elections.

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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