The island’s chief executive will not be attending the public hearing set for 9 a.m. on April 25, which was scheduled to have the governor address the attorney general’s recommendations regarding the non-compliance of the Eagle’s Field lease with federal and local laws.
In a April 24 letter by Democrat Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, she responds to Democrat Speaker Therese Terlaje’s letter, dated April 17, regarding a presentation to the legislative committee on land about “plans to address the Attorney General’s legal determination and recommendations.”
Leon Guerrero said she won’t be attending the public hearing on April 25.
“Regrettably, I will be off-island at the designated time of your hearing and in any event there are no ‘new details’ to share regarding the Eagle’s Field at this time,” Leon Guerrero said in the letter.
Terlaje called for the hearing to allow Leon Guerrero to discuss the Eagle’s Field lease, which would establish a new multi-billion dollar medical healthcare complex on the land in Mangilao. The deadline was pushed back from April 14 to April 30, after Leon Guerrero requested an extension deadline.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Douglas Moylan told the Pacific News Center that he will be in attendance at the public hearing.
“The governor and I have been in regular communications and I will probably be there (April 25) to be at the disposal of the governor and legislature to discuss the hospital lease draft,” said Moylan. “My signature is just a matter of dealing with some of the issues that were raised there. I look at this as the constructive process. This is what I had recommended and I believe we have seasoned politicians that can take it from here. My role is consequential but important to make sure that the laws are followed and we don’t end up in court. I look forward to helping whoever wishes to get our assistance.”
As PNC previously reported, Moylan did not sign the lease, he said, because of “numerous legal problems.”
His first reason, it was not in compliance with Federal and Local laws and did not involve the Guam Legislature in authorizing and appropriating funds for the lease.
Moylan also refused to sign the lease because the Federal Government would be able to take full control and use of the new hospital in the event of war or a national emergency.
The public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 25 at the Guam Congress Building in Hagatna.