Former Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje passes at age 76


Former Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje passes away at age 76.

The late Senator served in both the 35th and 36th Guam Legislature.

He was also the Mayor of Yona.

In a statement to PNC, Chirag Bhowjwani, Terlaje’s former staffer said, “I am grateful to Senator Jose Terlaje who taught me what it means to be a public servant. I cherish the many lessons he shared and most importantly, I will miss his positive can do attitude. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to have worked for him and to his family, Auntie Flo, his children, grandchildren – I extend my deepest condolence.”

In a public statement, Freshman Senator Will Parkinson (D) said, “I learned a tremendous amount from the office of a man who truly embodied the HITA spirit, and for that, I will always be grateful.”

Adding, “From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank him for his service to the people of Guam, and for inspiring me to also serve them. Public service is a calling that does not come to most, but it came to him as it did to me, and he answered that call with passion, integrity, and compassion. That is something that will never be forgotten– not by the people of Guam, and most definitely not by me.”

We at PNC would like to extend our condolences to his family and friends.

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News Director for the Pacific News Center, Don was born and raised on the island of Saipan and moved to Guam in the Spring of 2016 to pursue higher education at the University of Guam. It was at UOG that Don discovered his passion for keeping his peers politically informed. In his free time, you can find him flying his drone or doing landscape and portrait photography. Don joined the PNC News Team to broaden his writing, and to challenge himself to get in front of the camera. Don’s ultimate goal and passion is to have a well informed and politically engaged Marianas.