Senator San Agustin recuses himself from ethics complaint

According to Sen. Joe S. San Agustin, these new provisions are necessary to support the island's bar and restaurant industries which have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. (PNC file photo)

Senator Joe S. San Agustin, a member of the Legislature’s ethics committee, has recused himself from the ethics complaint filed by GHURA executive director Ray Topasna against Sen. Telo Taitague

“As a member of the Ethics Committee, I am aware of a complaint filed by Mr. Ray Topasna relative to the conduct of a colleague during a Confirmation Hearing my Committee on Housing conducted for an appointee to the GHURA Board of Commissioners,” San Agustin said in a statement.

He added: “Having been named in the complaint, I have submitted a letter to the Speaker requesting my recusal from the committee for these proceedings.”

On May 19, 2020, during a confirmation hearing for Anisia Delia to the GHURA Board of Commissioners, the GHURA head said Taitague made defamatory statements regarding his character, which is in direct violation of the Standard Operating Procedure: Virtual Public Hearings which the legislature adopted.

Topasna chastised San Agustin, who he said served as host of the virtual meeting but did not act accordingly when the “defamatory” statements were being made.

In response, San Agustin said: “I welcome any opportunity to provide information regarding my involvement and look forward to any investigation and resolution to the complaint. I am confident that the Ethics Committee will do its due diligence in the investigation and render a just outcome to the matter.”