PSS drops suit vs NMI govt


Tiberius D. Mocanu

The Public School System has voluntarily dropped its lawsuit against Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres, the Legislature, and the CNMI government that sought to settle the issue of what constitutes the mandated 25-percent funding that PSS should get from general revenues.

PSS, through interim commissioner Glenn Muña, asked the Superior Court to dismiss its lawsuit.

Muña, through counsel Tiberius Mocanu, said the dismissal is without prejudice, which means PSS may re-file the case in the future.

Mocanu said that Torres, the Legislature, and the CNMI government have not yet filed any answer or filed any motion for summary judgment before the filing of the notice of the voluntary dismissal.

Mocanu did not explain the reason for the voluntary dismissal.

This comes less than two weeks after it filed the case.

In the lawsuit, PSS asked the court to declare that the “general revenues of the Commonwealth” be defined as the total budgetary resources identified by the governor.

PSS asked the court to rule that PSS is entitled to an unfettered 25 percent of that amount, before earmarks or debt service payments.

PSS asked the court to declare that it is entitled to 25 percent of the “general revenues” of the Commonwealth and that must come from the total gross amount of budgetary resources of the Commonwealth and all other funds from budgetary sources before initial allocations are made.

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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