Palacios is discharged from ICU


Arnold I. Palacios

Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios has been discharged from the Intensive care Unit of the Queens Healthcare Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he has been confined since being medically transferred there last June 3.

According to a press statement from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Palacios is now out of the ICU and has been released to a primary care physician for outpatient care.

“I feel great and everything is fine but I still have tests this week and next. We need to make sure these things don’t happen again,” said the 66-year-old Palacios, as quoted in the news release.

Two-and-a half weeks after his “medical event” at the Superior Court last May 31, Palacios said he feels much better and looks forward to getting back home and working again.

The lieutenant governor remains optimistic that he will return to the CNMI in the next couple of weeks or so.

He and his wife, Wella, thanked the community for their continued prayers and support.

Palacios’ office will continue to provide updates of his medical condition as they become available.

Last May 31, Palacios was rushed to the Commonwealth Health Center after he collapsed during a break while giving testimony in the criminal case against Gov. Ralph DLG Torres in the Superior Court. Three days later, he was transported from Saipan to Honolulu via military aircraft for additional testing and treatment.

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor then stated that Palacios was experiencing pain in his lower back.

Palacios, a Republican, is running for governor in the Nov. 8 general elections as an independent candidate, with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang as his running mate.

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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