Former chief of staff accuses San Nicolas of unethical conduct

Congressman Michael San Nicolas (PNC file photo)

A Guam legislative staffer took to social media yesterday, alleging unethical conduct on the part of Congressman Michael San Nicolas.

John Paul Manuel, the former chief of staff of then Sen. Michael San Nicolas in the Guam Legislature, accused San Nicolas of various improprieties, including carrying on an alleged affair with a staffer while using public funds.

Manuel alleges this has been going on for a number of years and he himself was asked to cover it up.

Among the posts Manuel wrote in the congressman’s social media account are the following:

* “In late February early March last year, when he was supposed to be at session debating raising the BPT, he was instead in Manila … but he told the media that he was going to see a doctor. That was a lie …”

* “And he even used campaign funds to go on these trips with his mistress. Very illegal …”

In an interview with PNC News, Manuel said he was witness to a lot of alleged “unethical” activities of San Nicolas.

When asked what his motivation was in coming out with these revelations now, Manuel said he was “appalled by the hypocrisy” of the congressman’s social media posts.

“I just want him to be honest,” Manuel said.

Manuel also stressed that no one was behind the scenes ordering him to make these allegations in public. The congressman has been at loggerheads with the administration and other fellow Democrats over Guam war claims and other issues.

“I don’t know anyone in Adelup. Nobody is putting me up to this. Again, I just want him to be honest,” Manuel said.

Manuel also said it was not sour grapes on his part that he was not picked up by the congressman to be part of his staff in Washington.

“I really didn’t intend to work with him. My father was sick and I had to care for him. My father died last January,” Manuel said.

Karlo Dizon, an attorney with the Public Defender Service Corporation who says he helped the San Nicolas campaign, also posted in his Facebook page that improper use of campaign funds for personal travel would be a violation of campaign finance laws.

Manuel said he will leave it to others whether they would like to file an ethics complaint against the congressman.

But he said he is ready to make even more revelations, including some pertaining to campaign checks.

“I just hope he comes out and reveals the truth,” Manuel said.

PNC contacted San Nicolas but has received no response.