Mangilao pepper found and returned


Mangilao’s missing donne’ is now back safe and sound in the village. According to Mangilao Mayor Allan Ungacta, he’s glad that the pepper is now home, “the donne’ is finally home. Biba Guam, Biba Mangilao!”

With the aid of social media – primarily Facebook – the missing Mangilao pepper was located on a wet road in Chalan Kirida within the village of Yigo.

PNC previously reported the pepper stolen Tuesday morning. According to Mangialo Mayor, Allan Ungacta, the pepper could have been stolen during the hours of 6 am to 10 am.

In an interview with PNC, the Mangilao Mayor then went into further details on how they plan on keeping the pepper safe, “I think it’s a testament now that other–much more necessary things have to be done so we plan to probably perhaps putting it on a pad and securing it a lot greater.”

The pepper weighs an estimated 700-800 pounds and is made out of fiberglass.

The pepper was returned with slight scratches, but it remains intact. Mayor Ungacta gives us details about his plans for the pepper, “As you noticed, there’s nothing significant– damage to it just a couple of scuff marks, scratches. So just put a little more love and pride into that donne like we do our village and we’re going to make it happen.”

Despite the pepper being found, the mystery of who stole the pepper and why is still in the air. As well as how they were able to get away with still the large landmark in broad daylight, without getting caught.

According to the Guam Police Department, at this time the case is suspended and is pending further development.

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.