Officials in the CNMI and Guam are mourning the passing of Jose Rebuenog Lifoifoi, the 5th Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Lifoifoi passed away on May 18, Monday, in Saipan.
CNMI Governor Ralph DLG. Torres issued a proclamation announcing the passing of the former Speaker.
“Lt. Governor Palacios and I, along with our families, join the Commonwealth in mourning the passing of Speaker Lifoifoi. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Cecille, their children, and grandchildren.”
“Our islands will remember one of its dedicated public servants as a pioneering leader in our economic development and infrastructure improvement. Speaker Lifoifoi also had a strong presence throughout Micronesia, especially in the Republic of Palau, where he served as Palau’s Honorary Consul to the CNMI. He has left an enormous impact with our brothers and sisters all over the Western Pacific.”
Lifoifoi also served as the Chairman of the United Micronesia Development Association and the Commonwealth Ports Authority Board of Directors.
Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said: “The CNMI government faced many challenges in modernizing its airport and seaports to expand commerce in our islands, and Mr. Lifoifoi was at the forefront of those challenges. His leadership as chairman of the CPA board will continue to inspire current and future board members to give it their all in performing their roles as decision-makers for the agency.”
Guam Speaker Tina Muña Barnes also issued a statement on the former Speaker’s passing:
“To his wife Cecilia and his many children and grandchildren, my husband Jake and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you. Speaker Jose’s legacy will always live on throughout the history of the CNMI and the entire Blue Continent. In the brief time I had spent with him, he passionately shared with me the history of the CNMI’s relationship with the United States and inspired me to be a better leader for our People. He truly understood the importance of grassroots democracy, and truly served as a role model of Government By the People and For the People.”