Saipan – The CNMI Senate is in full reorganization mode, two days after the resignation of former governor Benigno Fitial led to Eloy Inos becoming the new governor and former Senate President Jude Hofschneider inheriting the lieutenant governor post.
Acting President Ralph Torres was elected Senate President Friday, Victor Hocog, vice president; Ray Yumul, floor leader.
Earlier, Torres told the Saipan Tribune that it will be up to the new governor to fill the void left in the Senate by Hofschneider, who represents Tinian.
There’s also the question of Sen. Juan Ayuyu, who is currently in jail on charges related to the smuggling of endangered fruit bats. Torres said if Ayuyu is convicted, Inos also has to appoint a losing senatorial candidate from Rota to replace him.
However, it’s not clear whether the losing candidate to be appointed should be from the time Ayuyu was elected in 2010 or during the last election in 2012, when former Senate president Paul Manglona lost to now Senate floor leader Victor Hocog.