CNMI: Fitial, Kilili Clash Over “Follower” Label


Saipan – CNMI Governor  Benigno Fitial and Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan are locking horns on a congressional watchdog’s label of Sablan as “a follower.”


According to the Saipan Tribune, Fitial said he is not at all surprised to learn that a congressional tracking group’s website,, has labeled Sablan as “a follower.”  He said its an embarrassment for the people of the CNMI.

In response, Sablan said that Fitial has once again shown his complete disregard for the law by issuing political attack press releases on government stationery.

For the record, Sablan has sponsored 20 bills, of which 17 haven’t made it out of committee and none were successfully enacted. During the same period, Sablan has co-sponsored 230 bills.

Also coming into question is the Covenant Party’s distribution of gas vouchers and free pick up and drop off of voters to and from their houses.

Fitial said the $10 gas vouchers are given to those who volunteer to help the campaign of administration bet Joseph Camacho and is not a violation of laws or rules. Aside from Sablan and Camacho, also running for the delegate post are the Republican Party’s Juan Babauta and the Democratic Party’s Jesse Borja.