Saipan – CNMI Gov. Benigno Fitial is conceding that an impeachment resolution pre-filed last Monday by the newly installed House of Representatives will pass and is now looking forward to defend himself in the Senate.
Press secretary Angel Demapan, in a report from the Saipan Tribune, said the governor recognizes that he is up against a supermajority in the House and is also aware that they are fixated in going through with the impeachment.
He said the number of cosponsors pretty much indicates that the process will move up to the Senate. Cognizant of this, Demapan said it’s only fair that the governor be given the opportunity to prepare for his defense at the Senate.
The 26-page impeachment resolution now has 16 sponsors, more than enough to impeach Fitial because only at least 14 “yes” votes in the 20-member House are needed to impeach him and move the process to the Senate for trial.
House Speaker Joseph Deleon Guerrero said evidence gathered by the previous Impeachment Committee during the 17th Legislature will be used, along with evidence related to three new allegations included in the revived impeachment resolution.
These new allegations refer to the governor’s failure to appoint a Department of Public Safety commissioner, a Department of Public Lands secretary, and a Department of Public Works secretary.