Emergency session called to tackle Yona mayor absence


The Legislature has been called to an emergency session today, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in the Speaker Antonio R. Unpingco Legislative Session Hall of the Guam Congress Building in Hagåtña.

Vice Speaker Telena Nelson, standing in for Speaker Tina Muna Barnes who is off-island, called for the emergency session pursuant to Section 1.02 (b)(1)(ii) of Rule 1 Part A of the Standing Rules of I Mina’trentai Singko na Liheslaturan Guåhan.

According to Nelson, emergency conditions currently exist in the village of Yona, warranting the Legislature to go into emergency session.

The Vice Speaker said the emergency conditions present include the absence of the mayor of Yona, who has remained incarcerated since September 18, 2019.

She said the Mayor’s absence in Yona has left an administrative and leadership void, which village residents believe may precipitate threats to public safety and community welfare.