Group holds protest over Adelup’s COVID-19 response

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Although their numbers were few, the protest participants were passionate about what they believe have been the failures of the administration in dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Less than a dozen people turned out for a demonstration in front of the Governor’s Complex at Adelup on May 15, Friday morning.

They gathered to protest the way the Leon Guerrero administration has handled the ongoing pandemic.

Although small, it was a passionate group.

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They stood on the sidewalk in front of the Adelup complex holding signs that said “Where’s the money?” and “I’m out with Lou” and “corruption, cover-up and lies.”

Some drivers honked their horns in support as they passed by.

Although their numbers were few, the protest participants were passionate about what they believe have been the failures of the administration in dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Denise Pangelinan, from Yona, said: “I’m here today because I think somebody has to stand up and expect and demand answers and actions for the things that are happening here with our local government and our administration. Between the numbers of positive to non-positives, the lack of testing actual people, the false negatives.”

Sandra Reyes Seau, from Mangilao, said: “The middle class has been left out. And it’s very frustrating because you have a lot of people who weren’t eligible for food stamps or any kind of aid. And now these people have been unemployed for two months.”

Police stood guard at the entrance. The Adelup complex remains closed to the public except for the parade ground, which is open for exercise only

Senator James Moylan, who was among the demonstrators, said: “I’ve been in contact with this group on social media and basically most of them have lost their jobs because of the pandemic and they’re looking for that help. And a lot of them are falling through the cracks. Which is one of the things we were discussing with the governor whose attempt was … or executive order that she provided … but it’s not reaching those that are in the middle class. So that’s really unfortunate.”

He added: “I’m also here for the transparency. And again I don’t think that’s being done properly and I think we’re being shunned.”

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