CNMI government ‘broke.’ Palacios: People need to go to jail

The Commonwealth government is broke, according to sources close to the Palacios administration. Gov. Arnold Palacios reportedly met with government officials today at the barren governor’s office to explain how his predecessor, former Gov. Ralph Torres, went on a spending spree of local and federal funds before and after losing his reelection bid to Mr. Palacios in a landslide.

While the new administration, according to sources, still is trying to comprehend fully the extent of what Mr. Palacios has called the “pillaging and plundering” of the Commonwealth government, the governor is preparing to make very difficult decisions in order to restore fiscal health to the beleaguered government.

In an exclusive interview with Kandit Monday evening, the newly-sworn governor minced no words when asked about his team’s discovery of the extent of the corruption of the Torres administration.

He also said, “people need to go to jail.” When pressed about whom he meant, he alluded to the former governor and the former governor’s secretary of finance, David Atalig, Jr.

You may watch these segments of the interview here.


  • John M. Tagabuel

      01/16/2023 at 8:14 AM

    Yes, CNMI need accounting of all the financial discretion heap upon residents. I agreed with suggestion that former officials and respective office with mandate to protect the public shall face the consequences of the office/individual action or in actions in most cases.

    Moreover, the legislature shall enact laws/regulations favorable “white collar” crimes to discourage further violation. The ‘white collar” are historical being underscore with promulgated restitution criminal codes and lesser/lighter then common criminal.

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