Guam – In his Weekly Address, Governor Eddie Calvo expresses his disappointment with the legislature’s rejection of Ed Ilao’s re-appointment to the Board of the Port of Guam.
The Governor singled out the democratic majority for dismissing “a hardworking public servant” and “dismissing his contributions to the growth and expansion of the Port.”
The Governor says that he “can’t understand how my colleagues – more specifically the democratic leadership – would do something so political, and hurtful.”
He said that Senators rejected a nominee “who had nothing to gain from this appointment. They didn’t consider that this man is not just a businessman, but a philanthropist, humanitarian, and a loving husband and father.”
Ilao’s nomination was rejected last Wednesday by a vote of 9-5. Republicans Tony Ada and Mike Limtiaco joined 7 other democrats in voting against his re-appointment to the board.
Among the reasons cited by Senators who opposed his re-appointment was the controversy over the procurement of a mobile x-ray container scanner.
Ilao is the owner of JMI Edison and earlier this year, GSA Procurement Chief Claudia Acfalle raised questions about what she said was an attempt to sole source the $1.2 million x-ray scanner contract to JMI at a time when Ilao was a Port Board Member.
Ilao has called “grossly wrong” any suggestion that either he or his company engaged in unethical business practices in connection with the x-ray scanner procurement.
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READ the Governor’s Weekly Address below:
Hafa adai, my fellow Guamanians,
We’re not an angry community. We’re not spiteful. We aren’t vindictive. Our culture isn’t based on hurting people. Regardless of relation, it’s based on family and love for one another.
I was disappointed when I heard the Legislature refused Ed Ilao a second term to serve on the Port Authority of Guam Board. Not because how they dismissed a hardworking public servant, but because they did so by dismissing his contributions to the growth and expansion of the Port. With his help, the Port has seen extensive development, staff and management are taking the necessary steps to meet the demands of modernization, and he led a critical government agency toward transparency and resolve.
What’s even better? He did it because he loves this community. He loves the island we all call ‘home.’ He didn’t want any recognition. He wasn’t a board member so he could boast. He felt he could use his institutional knowledge, business experience, and commitment to the growth of Guam to realize a better Guam for everyone.
I can’t understand how my colleagues – more specifically the democratic leadership – would do something so political, and hurtful – especially as we enter the season of gratitude. They failed to realize they did this to a man who had nothing to gain from this appointment. They didn’t consider that this man is not just a businessman, but a philanthropist, humanitarian, and a loving husband and father.
There are hundreds of board and commission members throughout government. They work hard with staff and management to improve services. Unfortunately, Ed and others face the dramatic antics of political agendas and vendettas. Service shouldn’t come at the expense of one’s character. It should be propelled by one’s desire to do good work, and serve the community. I want to thank Ed, and all those other board and commission members for their service.
I pray this holiday season will give us time to reflect… reflect on the good in others. Reflect on the good things happening on Guam. Reflect on the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I pray those who dwell on the negative – those who are vengeful and vindictive – can come to terms with whatever bad things are happening in their lives, so they can enjoy this holiday season.
Consider that life is beautiful, and so is everyone around you. As we enter the holiday season, I ask each and every Guamanian to embrace what is good in each other. That’s the only thing that can cancel out the ugliness in an angry heart. It’s what will make our families stronger and our community better.
Thank you, and God bless you.