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Such hypocracy from Senator Diaz. Where was his sense of conservatism in January of this year when they (OEK members) introduced and passed a law establishing their salary at $50K a year. They get this money even if they did absolutely nothing at all. Even if they didn't attend any sessions. Why was sen diaz not concerned about the poor state of our economy then. This guy is full of horse manure. having said that let me now say that I too oppose this latest, misguided proposal of this President, who is looking less and less like the man I voted for because he advocated different issues during the campaign season.
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I knew all along that something fishy was going on with masayos and giramur. Especially masayos with his lavish lifestyle that didn't really much his salary. maybe another lesson to be learned from this is that we should elevate the salary level of people in these sensitive positions so that they don't easily succumb to bribery. I know things are tight economically but there is money to raise the salaries of Pres, VP and ministers, we should divert that money for these positions instead. just a thought. I still think that SP should look into other labor and immigration officials for possible bribery charges and other criminal offenses. Even customs officials are possible suspects in my view, of similar crimes. You should see these guys when they frequent bars, kareoke and restaurant establishments owned or operated by foreign nationals. these guys are treated like kings and run bar tabs they dont even bother to pay.
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Is the SP conspiring with Moses Uludong the OMbudsman? Its seems that every time the SP concludes investigating someone he always waits until friday when Horizon and Island Times have printed their issues and so Tia Belau which comes out on mondays always gets the scoop on the big stories involving SP's cases. Are they working together or is it just a coincidence? also, Moses has been heared time and again disclosing stories of pending arrests before hand. Is the Ombudsman controling the SP? What do you say guys? What about our Ombudsman? is he for real? Some say he sits at the helm of JT's administration along with the Chief of Staff and Ngirai. If he is, will that translate to JT's successful re-election in 4 yrs time. I doubt it. What do you say?
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I heared from a very reliable source that the "Blue Bay Petroleum" company taking over mobil oil in Palau and micronesia is owned by a group of palauans closely related to the president including his attorney Kevin Kirk. This individuals are reportedly only paper owners only and real owner is Tan Holdings. My source tells me Uchel Tmetuchel is listed as a shareholder. True or False? Guys can somebody do the research?
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What about the sewage overflow problems in koror now with only 80,000 tourism annually? I mean unless you guys are blind, there are a number of sewage pump stations overflowing into our coastal waters everyday because our sewer lines are no longer adequate in size and pump used are outdated and needs repair. TR was able to get $4M from ROC the las couple of years for reapairs but these funds berely made a dent on the existing problems. I think before we invite more tourist to our shores we need to tackle this problem headon. This is only one of the many infrustructure shortfall we are experiencing today. What about power and water?
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2009 on Tumult in the Senate at okedyulabeluu
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We need to loosen up our foreign investment laws in Palau to be more attractive to developments that will provide a stronger economic base. But do we want the president to be single to say certain people come in and certain people dont. that is way too much power invested in one person and too much power breeds corruption. It could create a situation where, for the next four years, only those investors closely associated with the president and his cronies are allowed to come in and for all others the door is closed? that will assure the president's re-election for sure. I agree with the senate that some independent authority should remain to screen applications of foreign investors but we need to reform the process so that thing are expedited. by the way, I heared a rumor that relatives and close associates of President JT are involved with the new business venture of Tan Holdings in Palau and micronesia to take over mobil oil. can anybody validate this rumor?
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Jushua Koshiba is an idiot in the fullest definition of the word. You dont use such language in an ultra sensitive situation like the compact review process. He should be pulled out of the talks as head of Palau's team. no waqy jose. not unless we want to aggravate the U.S and end up with nothing. remember these are tough economic times and we need good negotiators to secure a good deal for our future. President JT please Say adios to koshiba now.
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2009 on Palau's ultimatum? at okedyulabeluu
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I think joe (sen. Toribiong) is just being joe. he wants controversy where there is none so resigns and tries to create one. I 've known him long enough to know that we should not read too much into his latest move to resign as senate JGA chair. I mean if he is truly sincere about being a senator and using his position to influence chang for the better, then he should try harder, despite the difficulty of having to deal with a moron like senator diaz. I think joe is too old and doesn't have the stamina to be a good senator these days. most of all, like many of his colleagues in the senate, he does not have the love for his country and its people to stick to his convictions and work hard because that is what we elected him to do. I am sick and tired of these people who get elected because they are rich and popular but lack the quality of being a good public servant. sad to say that this is one of the short comings of a democratic system of government.
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2009 on Tumult in the Senate at okedyulabeluu
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Its true that OEK members make a lot more money, doing nothing, compared to the Ministers but what about the average civil service employees and those in the private sector who are finding more and more difficult to make ends meet? What about the average joe? the ministers atleast are assigned government cars with unlimited fuel accounts at their disposal. hell, they even use these cars to do private things like shopping, drop their kids to school etc.. I agree that these are economically difficult times and it is wrong to be raising salaries of the top executives of this government and ignore those who really need salary increase which are the ordinary folks. these are the ones who are really hurting and could use a shot in the arm. The president is wrong and I dont support him on this issue. He is looking more and more like a single term president to me and I voted for him.
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