GPD Chief Bordallo Defends Ongoing Blue House Investigation

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Guam – Guam Police Department Chief of Police Fred Bordallo says he would like to do more to keep the public informed on the latest on the Blue House investigation, but there are a number of regulations that preclude him from divulging sensitive information to the public.

 

The Bluehouse case has stirred up some controversy within the entire Guam community, not only because of the harsh reality that human trafficking exists on the island, but also because of the alleged participation by police officers who are sworn to protect victims of such crimes.

The latest development suggests that the department knew about police involvement back in 2008, when the Blue House case first surfaced. Police Chief Fred Bordallo confirmed for PNC News today that a document was uncovered from 2008 that proves former Chief Paul Suba had ordered an internal affairs investigation into the same police officers named by Blue House lounge employees back in 2008.

The officers, named Tony and Mario, are believed to have frequented Blue House lounge and protected Song Ja Cha, who was just sentenced in September to life in prison for the sex trafficking scheme.

One officer, David Manila, has already admitted during the trial that he had sex with one of the Blue House employees. He was given adverse action, but has never been charged with any crime.

Suba, according to Bordallo, had previously denied ever ordering the 2008 investigation. Bordallo says he and the former chief have spoken today and while he can’t disclose the details, he says Suba may not have recalled ordering an investigation that occurred over four years ago.

He adds that Officer Emily Charfauros, who’s now part of the new probe, is still looking into the older investigation.

Meanwhile, Bordallo says that while his intentions are to keep the public as updated as possible, there is only so much his department can do when all cases are filed manually. He calls it a paper-intensive process, but he says one of his goals is to implement an automated system within the department which would make it easier to file paperwork electronically.

Bordallo also notes that some of the information is sensitive and they are bound by the Civil Service Commission to protect the privacy of classified employees.

Song Ja Cha was convicted in federal court in February 2011 of luring young women from Chuuk to Guam then forcing them into prostitution.