(Editor's note: This is the second in an expose of the members of the Commonwealth Legislature, who have taken monthly allowances on top of their salaries)
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By Johnnie Rosario
(Yigo, Guam) Precinct 3 Republican Congressman Jose Itibus received $35,013 from the Commonwealth government during 2019 for his total monthly allowance. He maxed out the allowance during five of the eight months he requested for and took the money.
Mr. Itibus is among those Republican members of the House who have refused to disclose the receipts of their spending of the allowance.
Documents from the Department of Finance provided to Kandit from an Open Government Act request show Mr. Itibus applied for a $2,500 allowance in February 2019, then a series of allowances for the following month on three different dates that amounted to $3,500.
His April allowance was maxed out at $5,000.
He did not receive allowances in May or June.
Then in July, Mr. Itibus requested an allowance for $3,000, then another allowance for $1,013 a few days later.
From August through November, Mr. Itibus received the maximum allowance of $5,000 per month.
Like his Republican colleague, Congresswoman Janet Maratita, Mr. Itibus increased the amounts of his allowance until he maxed out despite knowing about the growing fiscal crisis within the Commonwealth.