Updated: Dec 10, 2019
By Troy Torres
(Tumon, Guam) Evidence of Gov. Ralph Torres's plunder of the Commonwealth is growing more and more outrageous. Kandit has reviewed yet another reimbursement memo from the Governor's Office to the Secretary of Finance that shows Mr. Torres was paid nearly $7,000 for his power, water, and sewer bill.
The $6,630.90 reimbursement, approved by Secretary David Atalig, Jr., paid for the governor's utilities bills he racked up at his personal residence over just a five-month period, which included the period immediately preceding the General Election.
The payment of the governor's utilities bills is legal. What is in question here is the excessive consumption of utilities that, annualized, matches the cost of one regular full-time job.
Under further scrutiny, if Mr. Torres wanted to consume so much in power and water at his personal residence, he is more capable of paying such bills on his own salary, which has been increased to $120,000 per year, making him one of the highest paid governors in the nation.
The October 2018 through February 2019 power bill reimbursement follows two other large payments for which the governor also was reimbursed.
These were the months leading to the governor's declaration of severe fiscal calamity facing the Commonwealth government. The reimbursement memo for the nearly $7,000 power bill was submitted on March 14, 2019, just weeks before he threatened to fire 524 people if his fiscal austerity plan was not implemented.
These enormous utilities bills also occurred during a time of great strife for the people of the Commonwealth, who were living through the aftermath of violent storms that knocked out utilities for nearly everyone. Thousands still live in tents and still have not recovered.
Stay tuned for two more stories regarding the governor's gross abuse of his authority regarding the payment of power bills.