Senator's call for AG to take action on illegal hotel deals swept under the rug?


Sen. Frank Blas Jr.

Sen. Frank Blas Jr. expressed his frustration over Attorney General Leevin Camacho’s failure to take legal action on the administration’s sole-source procurement of hotel services questioned by the Office Public Accountability.


“I think it will be a sad day for Guam if I have to take this to court myself when we are relying on the AG to respond to the concerns raised by the OPA,” Blas said. “I shouldn’t be doing the attorney general’s job.”


An audit released by the OPA in July found that the administration violated the procurement law when it commissioned the services of certain hotels that had been used as Covid-19 quarantine and isolation facilities.


During an informational hearing at the legislature in June, Sen. Sabina Perez shared a report showing that $7 million had been awarded through sole-source procurement in fiscal 2020, and $18.5 had been awarded through emergency procurements.


According to OPA, the governor’s office lacked the authority to procure quarantine and isolation facilities. The audit report also cited an incomplete procurement record.


OPA also said the then governor’s legal counsel and son-in-law, Haig Huynh, had a conflict of interest with one of the awarded facilities.


On Friday, Blas wrote his third letter to Camacho, reiterating his call for legal action on the OPA’s audit.


“I pray that the AG acts on the request and does not think that by just ignoring it, the matter will fade away,” Blas said.


“If the public au