15 Nov 2018
- By Emmanuel T. Erediano – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, who won a sixth term by a landslide, canceled his trip to Washington, D.C., saying there are still many things that need to be done for the people of the CNMI in this post-disaster time.
He said he and his CNMI office continued to work for the people throughout the campaign.
“We worked through the election period. On Monday, I got calls from other U.S. House members and we talked. We have had a disaster here and we need to do things. There is work that needs to be done that the Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot cover,” Kilili said in an interview Wednesday.
Asked about the election results, Kilili said: “I’ve always placed my trust in the people. The CNMI office belongs to them.”
He said the election was very “nasty” and the attacks were very personal. But “I trusted that the people would judge me based on the work we do for our islands, for our people, for our communities.”
The election was difficult and Super Typhoon Yutu made it much more difficult, he said, “but the work continues.”
“I am just humbled that our people decided to give me another term to continue the work I do,” Kilili said. “As I try to get things done I have already secured commitments from incoming chairmen of U.S. House committees to do the things that we have not been able to do in the past four terms because of the Republican majority.”
Kilili said he chose to remain on island because the person he needed to meet with in Washington D.C. called him instead, so they were able to discuss the matter over the phone.
Asked what it was all about, Kilili said: “I need [that person’s] help. FEMA can only do so much. There are things that we’re trying to get. There is going to be a supplemental funding for [the victims of] hurricanes, Michael, Florence and wild fires in California and we’re trying to include the CNMI and I think we are going to be included.”
He said he and Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres have already talked about.
“We are going to work with him on the numbers and assessment,” Kilili added.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108898-the-work-continues