Vice Speaker Says His Criticisms Of Fiscal Team Were Warranted

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Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz today [Tuesday] defended his blunt remarks to the Administration’s fiscal team during last Thursday’s hearing on the Governor’s request for a $36 million dollar supplemental budget.

At that hearing, Senator Cruz was critical of BBMR Director Benita Manglona and her staff about the initial erroneous fiscal reports that came out of  the Bureau of Budget and Management Resources.

During remarks to the Rotary Club of Northern Guam Monday, BBMR Director Benita Manglona fired back saying that she did not appreciate the way her staff was publicly berated.

In response to Mangolna’s comments, Senator Cruz today issued a release saying “If you want to be taken seriously, then provide us with accurate information.”

The Vice Speaker said his criticisms “are in no way an indictment of anyone’s hard work but a plea for reliable information.”   But he states: “you can’t expect the legislature to take your $36 million supplemental budget proposal seriously if you do not provide accurate and timely information needed to make such an important decision.”


Read the Vice Speaker’s release in FULL below:

If you want us to take you seriously, then provide us accurate information. That is what Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz said this morning in response to comments made publicly by Acting Director of the Department of Administration Benita Manglona after Cruz conducted an oversight hearing of the department last week.

In a speech before members of the Rotary Club yesterday, Manglona accused Cruz of “berating” her and DOA staff over errors made in monthly revenue and expenditure reports provided by her office.

Cruz, who chairs the Legislature’s General Governmental Affairs Committee, conducted an oversight hearing of the Department of Administration last Thursday afternoon. At the hearing, Cruz was critical over the quality of information being provided to the Legislature in light of a supplemental budget request being made to lawmakers which includes withholding payments on debts to the retirement fund.

“With all due respect to both the Director of Administration and the Administration as a whole, you can’t expect the legislature to take your $36 million supplemental budget proposal seriously if you do not provide accurate and timely information needed to make such an important decision,” the Vice Speaker said.

Cruz said his criticisms are in no way an indictment of anyone’s hard work but a plea for reliable information.