Saturday, April 10, 2010

Guam's Proudest

So we went on a trip down to Big Navy. I learned something new last night and thought I would take a few pictures and share them with you

This is Chief Kepuha. He was the islands first Chief to turn to Catholocism as his religion. This statue is along Marine Corps Drive, right next to the Chamorro village and is one of the busiest intersections on Guam.

This is the Latte of Freedom which was recently dedicated to Ricky Bordallo, a former Governor of Guam who passed away February 1, 1990. His widow Madeleine Bordallo is currently a non-voting member of the House of Representatives. Ricky Bordallo was tried and convicted on ten counts of corruption, including bribery, witness tampering, obstruction of justice and extortion. Now, 8 of those were overturned but the obstruction of justice and witness tampering remained and he was sentenced to jail. Within hours of when he was supposed to report to a prison in California he decided to chain himself to the statue of Chief Kepuha during rush hour traffic and shoot himself in the head. He also placed a few signs up around the Chamorro Village, one of which said "I regret that I have one life to give my island".....should we add in plagirism to his charges too? So tell me Guam, why did we dedicate this "Latte of Freedom" to this criminal even if it was his idea to do it in the first place.

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