Sablan calls on Yona mayor to resign

Mayors Council Executive Director Angel Sablan (PNC file photo)

Angel Sablan, the executive director of the Mayors Council of Guam, is calling on Yona mayor Jesse Blas to step down from office.

Blas is facing drug-related extortion and bribery charges. Last Friday, District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood decided that he should remain in jail until his trial after she ruled that Blas poses a danger to the community.

Sablan told the Pacific News Center this morning that Blas is his friend, but he now believes it’s time for him to resign.

“As a personal friend, not necessarily as the director of the Mayors Council, and thinking of the people of Yona, my recommendation to him would be at this time to step down and resign and concentrate on his case.”

Sablan said he has not yet been able to speak to Blas. He said the mayor is still on the GovGuam payroll and has about two months of accumulated annual leave left.

If the Yona mayor does decide to resign, Guam Election Commission executive director Maria Pangelinan said a special election must be called on or about 60 days from the resignation and that special election must be held on a Saturday.