Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is off-island on personal leave, according to acting governor Arnold I. Palacios.
In a short interview with Saipan Tribune, Torres, according to Palacios, went on personal leave right after attending meetings that were pre-scheduled for months in advance with raking U.S. military personne. Torres is expected to be back at his office by the weekend.
“The governor is in personal leave and he is in the U.S. mainland and should be back this weekend,” Palacios said, without elaborating.
Torres just finished attending meetings in Hawaii at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Defense’s U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
That led to Palacios taking over the helm of the government, as the CNMI prepared for back-to-back typhoons that whipped past the Marianas these past two weeks.
According to a previous statement from the Office of the Press Secretary, Torres was still coordinating matters with Palacios behind the scenes, including speaking directly to key staff such as Federal Emergency Management Agency acting administrator Pete Gaynor in Washington, D.C. for response efforts in the CNMI during Super Typhoon Hagibis.
Torres also assisted Palacios with getting a federal emergency declaration for Super Typhoon Hagibis.
According to Torres’ social media page, he also assisted with the emergency declaration request for Typhoon Bualoi, which was approved shortly after submitting the request Monday afternoon.