Torres, Palacios start new administration

Posted on Jan 14 2019

Campaigning on a promise of “true progress,” Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Senate President Arnold I. Palacios (R-Saipan) will be taking their oaths of office today as the ninth governor and 12th lieutenant governor of the CNMI at noon at the Northern Mariana Islands Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

The inaugural ceremonies begin with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang taking his oath of office for a second four-year term at 8:30am, while the 21st Legislature will be holding theirs also in the morning with the House of Representatives set at 10am while the Senate set at 11am.

Matthew Deleon Guerrero, the 2019 Inauguration Committee chair, said they want to bring the community together to celebrate the people’s resiliency and strength in the continuing recovery efforts from Super Typhoon Yutu.

“The 2019 Inauguration Committee has put their hearts into providing the public a great set of events for our community to participate in and enjoy. We welcome and look forward to seeing our community come together,” Deleon Guerrero said.

An inaugural luncheon will immediately follow the ceremony on the soccer field grounds.

In celebration of the inaugural festivities, numerous dignitaries from Micronesia, Guam, the Pacific, and the U.S. mainland will be in attendance.

The 2019 CNMI Inaugural Festivities will be streamed live on the Office of the Governor Facebook page at and the Northern Marianas College Facebook page at

The 2019 Inaugural #MarianasStrong Concert kicked off the inauguration ceremonies last Saturday at the Marianas Business Plaza, with talents from throughout the Marianas.

Yesterday, the Inaugural Red Mass was held at the Mt. Carmel Cathedral, where the community joined in the blessing of the CNMI’s newly elected and returning leaders.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.
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