Clarification on recent statements: Advocating for open dialogue and unity

Marissa Flores

By Marissa Flores

In the recent exchange between Senate President Edith E. DeLeon Guerrero and myself, I feel compelled to address the misconceptions and provide clarity on the issues raised during the House of Representatives session. It’s crucial to move beyond personal attacks and focus on the substance of the matters at hand.

Firstly, the discussion on the backlog of 45 bills in the Senate was not intended to cast blame but rather to seek understanding. It’s essential to emphasize the importance of addressing legislative matters promptly and transparently for the benefit of our community.

I appreciate the support for House Bill 23-22, which has garnered momentum and backing from the attorney general, fellow House members, and private citizens of the CNMI community. My intention is to work collaboratively, ensuring that the bills we champion reflect the needs and aspirations of our constituents.

Let us shift our focus from personal disagreements to constructive dialogue, prioritizing the well-being of the people we serve. Together, we can navigate the legislative process with transparency, accountability, and a commitment to the betterment of the CNMI.


Marissa Flores is a member of the CNMI House of Representatives. She is the author of legislation to give the Office of the Attorney General express powers to subpoena documents and people. That bill passed the House and has been sitting in the Senate. Edith Deleon Guerrero has thus far refused to bring the matter to the floor for full Senate consideration.


  • Russ Mason

      01/18/2024 at 2:45 PM

    Marissa ducked the issue, with predictable, senseless, babble. To evade the conflict is to duck the issue – that is, what was the problem with Marissa and Edith?

    Marissa isn’t talking, and Edith has realigned to the Dark side.

    It’s the Island Way.

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