GHURA director files ethics complaint against senator

GHURA Executive Director Ray Topasna (PNC file photo)

Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority director Ray Topasna has filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Telo Taitague.

In his ethics complaint, submitted today to Speaker Therese Terlaje, Topasna said Taitague “intentionally” committed a violation of the Standard Operating Procedure for Virtual Public Hearings as adopted on May 1, 2020.

“You may recall, I filed a separate ethics complaint on June 19, 2020, regarding a similar incident at a May 19, 2020 confirmation hearing for a GHURA board of commissioner,” Topasna said.

According to Topasna, at a September 28, 2020, GHURA informational hearing, Senator Taitague “once again intentionally violated” the Standard Operating Procedures for Virtual Public Hearings.

“Her actions resulted in the Housing Oversight Chairman Joe San Agustin being forced to mute her from the hearing. While I recognize that it is the responsibility of our elected officials to ask the tough questions of appointed officials, public hearings should not be used as a venue for members of the Guam Legislature to launch personal attacks against those testifying,” Topasna said.

He added: “If members of the public who testify at these hearings are expected to conduct themselves professionally, then the expectations should also apply to members of I Liheslaturan Guahan.”