Monday, September 15, 2014

Guam - A dozen Senators were present for the Legislative oversight hearing on crime Tuesday night.

They heard from crime victims and pressed Police Chief Fred Bordallo, Attorney General Lenny Rapadas and others for explanations and solutions,  to the recent spat of violent crimes on island.

The hearing was called by Senators Ben Pangelinan and B.J. Cruz in the wake of last month's Nimitz Hill home invasion. One of the suspects in the Nimitz Hill case, Raymond Tedtaotao, had been charged, but then released last year in connection with the Crown Bakery abduction. 

His reappearance in the Nimitz Hill case prompted the victim in the Crown Bakery abduction, Monique Baza, to come forward to publicly criticise the A.G.'s office for dismissing the charges against Tedtaotao in her own case, without telling her.

Senator Pangelinan told PNC News he called the oversight hearing to ensure that victim rights are protected,  and to find ways to prevent cases from slipping through the cracks.

"We're going to narrow those cracks until we meld them together so that we always strive to make sure that nobody falls through the cracks, that the victims are protected, they're informed, they're consulted along the whole process of the prosecution of perpetrators,” explained Senator Pangelinan.

The local lawmaker says they will also work to ensure that there is good coordination between the A.G.'s office and the Guam Police Department to ensure that criminals are caught and prosecuted properly.