Adelup is continuing its efforts to pay war claims using local funds, with a target release date of July 21, the 75th anniversary of Guam’s liberation.
In an interview with the Patti Arroyo show on K-57, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said the urgency to pay out war claims is real.
This urgency was underscored when one of the war survivors fainted during Thursday’s war survivors memorial proclamation signing in Adelup during which the governor herself helped out and put her nursing skills to use.
“We have to quickly do whatever we can,” the governor said.
According to the governor, Adelup is still targeting a July 21 payout for war claims although she admitted the administration may not meet this target date.
She added that Adelup’s plan and Congressman Michael San Nicolas’ parallel efforts in Congress should not be seen as a conflict but should be considered as complementary to each other.
“I am working on the administration end and Congressman San Nicolas is working on the legislative end,” Leon Guerrero said.
According to the governor, her team is now working “feverishly” on the war claims, communicating closely with the director of inter-governmental agencies who is the special assistant to the president.
Chief of Staff Tony Babauta also told the Phill Leon Guerrero show on Thursday that he has been working with Trump administration officials to facilitate Guam’s war claims.
“It’s an executive department to executive department initiative,” Babauta said.
The governor said her administration is now working to iron out the details of how they would be able to get the money and provide the checks to the war survivors.
Such details include drafting letters and informing the claimants who have already been adjudicated.
“We don’t have the list of claimants so we have to ask the claimants if it’s ok for the list to be released. Once the list is released, we’ll get the checks out, make sure they’re recorded and then give documents to the U.S. Treasury,” the governor said.