Governor, if you don’t like bad coverage, stop doing bad things. Muting the media should never be the option.


(See caption at the end of the write up for this video above)

This is me leaving our attorney’s office following a status hearing in Janela Carrera v. Troy Torres & Kandit, Inc.

It’s been nearly three years since Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s former spokeswoman, Janela Carrera, sued us, alleging that we published and shared lewd and pornographic images of her. The suit happened after we broke the story of abuses by government officials at the Pacific Star Hotel, and the contract with that hotel involving the governor’s former legal counsel.

This frivolous lawsuit against us is among the many reasons I will never EVER respect Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero or her administration.
Governor, if you don’t like bad coverage, stop doing bad things.
And for crying out loud, we have NEVER published or shared those lewd and pornographic images. Ever. This lawsuit is premised on a lie, and they know it.
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(VIDEO CAPTION: On April 30, 2020, Guam’s reporters had many questions about a then-brewing scandal involving the governor’s chief of staff and legal counsel at the time. Separate incidents. Same hotel. When KUAM’s Adriana Cotero asked the governor about the suspicious procurement of the Pacific Star Hotel as a quarantine facility using federal funds, and that hotel’s connections to both her campaign and the bank her family owns, then-spokeswoman Janela Carrera muted her microphone, cutting her off. Ms. Carrera did the same thing to KUAM’s Nick Delgado, who began to ask about then-chief of staff Tony Babauta’s stay at the penthouse suite of the hotel.)

3 Comments

  • Alan San Nicolas

      01/19/2023 at 7:20 AM

    Magahet-Fi’et si Nana I sinagan ña. Ilek ña, ” ti’guailayi un chogue I baba yanggen ti ya mu na pon hokkok I baba mu “. Pues yanggen magahet, espiha ya un korihi. Fagasi I chatko (mancha) sa gof chatpago yan namasa.

  • Troy, keep up the great job of informing the public of issues past and current during the LG terms. The past few years saw invigorating power and millions of federal funds. Oh my! Now I haven’t heard a peep out of Adelup.

    Thank you and your staff for keeping us well informed.

  • Manny Cruz

      01/25/2023 at 5:28 PM

    To add insult to injury, I will add that the LeonGuerro-Tenorio Administration had not been transparent and accountable in dealing with federal funds during the COVID-19 pandemic. With millions of dollars granted to the Territory of Guam under the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, it was not meant to give the Governor absolute authority to spend the funds on her own without public scrutiny. When the ARPA funds were doled out to the States and Territories in 2021, there was a provision for transparency and accountability to have the U.S. Treasury develop guidance with rules and regulations attached. One of the provisions that were given was the matter of timeline and reporting rules and regulations. Deadlines were set when reports must be made and the public made aware of the funding amounts and timelines. The Bureau of Management and Budget (BBMR) is supposedly tasked by the Governor to do this. If I remember, in FY2021, I only saw 2 reports online. I have not seen any reports in FY2022. According to the U.S. Treasury’s reporting guidelines, reports are to be made quarterly. semi-annually, and annually. If I am reading the U.S. Treasury’s guidelines and mandates, I stand corrected. Esta!

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