CNMI: Fitial Feuding With Inos

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Guam – The Governor and Lt. Governor of the CNMI are feuding. Their squabble is over a twice fired and then re-hired public safety commissioner.

The hiring and firing of Ambrosio Ogumoro as Department of Public Safety deputy commissioner has apparently created a rift between Gov. Benigno R. Fitial and Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos.

Ogumoro was terminated twice—last July and November—when Fitial was off-island and Inos served as acting governor.

The first time the governor reinstated Ogumoro resulted in the resignation of the lieutenant governor’s daughter, Kaye Inos, who worked at DPS. She reportedly resigned because she did not like the way Ogumoro ran the department’s operations

Inos just last month concurred with DPS commissioner Santiago Tudela’s move not to renew Ogumoro’s contract but Fitial last week reportedly reinstated the controversial police official as DPS range master.

Fitial last week also appointed Ogumoro’s brother, Aniceto, as acting police deputy commissioner.

Press secretary Angel Demapan said despite the present disagreement between the two, the administration assures the public that the governor and lieutenant governor remain undeterred to tackling pressing issues such as economic recovery and stabilizing the government’s finances.