Sen. Perez says mandatory ethics training will help with corruption problem

By Jacob Nakamura

news@kanditnews.com



Democrat Sen. Sabina Flores Perez says she's taking the growing perception of police corruption seriously. She even introduced legislation to help with the problem, and the larger issue of public corruption within the government of Guam.


"I take allegations of police corruption seriously and it is key to ensure that ongoing internal investigation be completed to establish facts and determine further course of action, as well as collaboration with federal counterparts to ensure independent internal oversight. We should expect accountability and transparency from every government employee, including our law enforcement officers. To better ensure this, I recently introduced Bill 94-36, making it mandatory for every government employee to undergo ethics training on employment and periodically throughout their career. This is just one of the proactive measures that can be implemented moving forward."


The senator issued this statement in response to Kandit's three questions sent to all Democrat senators about police corruption, their colleague Sen. Jose "Pedo" Terlaje, and Guam Police Department chief of police Stephen Ignacio:

  1. Are you concerned about the growing perception of police corruption on Guam in light of the Jerry's Kitchen incident?

  2. Do you continue to have confidence in Sen. Jose "Pedo" Terlaje's ability to lead the legislative public safety committee in light of the senator's actions and connections to this and other scandals?

  3. Do you want to see the governor fire the chief of police?

Ms. Perez only answered the first question.