Unimplemented laws

This is in response to Jon Perez article (Local GOP has no more vision, Saipan Tribune, July 17, 2018) where he quoted the Democratic Party central executive committee resolution, “Although [Babauta] was first elected governor as a Republican, he since has parted ways with the Republican Party (which in recent years has degenerated to historic lows of arrogance, abuse of power, absence of principle or vision, and the politics of self-aggrandizement over service) and has made it clear he has no intention to ever return to the Republican Party.”

There are many examples that such statement above is very true within the present administration. Public Law 20-37 is a prime example of the arrogance of this administration. The statute was signed into public law on Jan. 18, 2018 and there was a provision that the CNMI Department of Public Safety is tasked to implement it within 90 days after it becomes public law. But in May of this year, I personally inquired to register my vehicle as a disabled veteran base on CNMI Public Law 20-37 and I was told that such privileges given to our disabled veterans via the newly created statute was not in effect. Recently I went to the CNMI Bureau of Motor Vehicle, I asked for the codified Public Law 20-37 (9 CMC Subsection 2116) status and the clerk didn’t have a clue. I called BMV to speak to the director on numerous occasions and she didn’t bother to return my call or try to resolve my concern as a private citizen.

I encourage all United States Armed Forces Disabled Veterans throughout the CNMI to exercise their privileges and put a stop to this type of mindsets within our CNMI government.

Segundo Castro
Marpo Valley, Tinian

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