Archive for ‘Kambes Kesolei’

November 13, 2013

2013 Koror State Election Results

The following results are still unofficial which doesn’t including absentee ballots.

Office of the Governor

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November 9, 2013

Expensive Travel for State Elected Leaders

By Kambes Kesolei —-

While deep scrutiny and media coverage was placed on the $30,000 spent by six members of the 9th OEK for VAT study in Cook Islands and New Zealand, however, in comparison,  little inspection has been made to the $70,000 travel money budgeted by the members of the 9th Koror State Legislature for fiscal year 2013.

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August 11, 2013

The Ongerung Show

Join me at 8 p.m. every Thursday nights at the Palau Wave Radio 89.9 FM for a dose of Palau history and culture. For The Ongerung Show  podcast, check

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June 11, 2013

An recommendation?

I have been using PNCC internet services since the internet age came to Palau in 1997. And any thoughts of changing to another service provider is not entertained or quickly brushed aside. That’s how loyal I am to a brand. 

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April 11, 2013

Delegates and the Kabuki of Saving Money

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Delegates last week passed on third and final reading a salary cut for the president. Now, it’s on to the Senate where it is more likely headed for a conference committee.

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April 9, 2013

Sikitong, Rest In Peace

Tia Belau Editorial, April 8, 2013 —-

A legend in the Palau music scene has passed away.

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February 21, 2013

The changing food and restaurant scenery

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Nothing much has been written about Palau’s restaurant culture and popular food scene.

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January 1, 2013


For my first post of the year, I wanted to republish my poem Omengat. It was originally published with the title Ngasech in the now defunct Palau Horizon Newspaper in 2006.

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November 24, 2012

Election 2012 Less About Issues

By Kambes Kesolei —-

The results of the November 6 general election have been certified. The election saw 68.8 percent of the total registered voters cast their ballots. Sen. Remengesau won the presidential contest with a clear majority of 57.9 percent of the total vote casts.  For the vice presidency, Tony Bells won the support of half the voters. In fact, he won with slimmest of majority vote margin with 50.01 percent.

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October 21, 2012

A Nation Making Progress

By Kambes Kesolei —-

While I have recently been accused on this page of having overly rosy colored glasses when it comes to appraising the development of our young constitutional republic, yet we can scarcely perceive just how much progress have been made on all aspect of our society.

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September 19, 2012

Candidates turning away from Diaz

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Last week Senator Diaz extended an on air public invitation to any interested candidates for the House of Delegates for a free at no charge interview program at his radio station/cable channel. However, since then not one candidate for the House of Delegates has taken up on the offer. 

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May 5, 2012

Palau by Numbers

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Here are some information taken from the 2005 Census of Population and Housing. These are official government figures compiled by the Office of Planning and Statistics.

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April 29, 2012

Observations on Remengesau’s declaration

By Kambes Kesolei —-

My observations from Tommy’s declaration at Hokkons annex by Peleliu CLub last Saturday April 21, 2012.

First, those who took the mic at Hokkons Park mostly touched around the theme of “struggling to make ends meet in these hard economic times,” while it sounded clichéd, it was a reality as shown on the people faces.

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April 19, 2012

What makes you a Palauan?

By Kambes Kesolei

What makes you a Palauan? This is an age old question that without a doubt been asked gazillion times in various social settings. And I’m sure you’ve heard the same question many times over as well, and perhaps already have had your turn to proffer an answer yourself. It is a question that stimulates your mind and challenges you on the conceptual side. It doesn’t have a ready made or any one satisfactory answer that defines being a Palauan ­- at least to me.

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March 26, 2012

Youth, Social Media and 2012 Elections

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Last week March 15 was Youth Day, a national holiday. The nation observed it only in passing by the usual school activities held during education awareness week every year. In addition, Palau hosted a regional youth conference that brought together youth representatives from the different island jurisdictions in Micronesia to share, inform, and addresses youth challenges. Our leaders acknowledged the national holiday as expected by taking out ads in the local newspapers by regurgitating clichéd words about recognizing the youth and the future of Palau. That was all about it. There was nothing more worth mentioning, especially from the political leaders.

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January 23, 2012

The rule of third in Palau elections

By Kambes Kesolei —-

So now we have entered 2012 and the beginning of the 40-week election campaign. And so far, this is much we know about the line-up of candidates. There are four names. For the office of the president, we have the incumbent Johnson Toribiong. This is a no-brainer. Anyone who thinks otherwise has no business discussing politics.

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January 16, 2012

House rejects FY 2012 budget bill

Fiscal year 2012 budget bill has died in the House floor with a vote of 11 No and 5 Yes.

The vote is a resounding rejection for the Speaker and his new budget team for their heavy handed tactic in trying to push the bill over the strong objections of WMFM committee chair and other members.

The budget bill was the conference draft version which was negotiated by the new 3-member team House conferees.

The  negotiating team was led be Del. Tmewang Rengulbai with Floor Leader Gibson Kanai and WMFM V-chair Swenny Ongidobel as members.

Criticisms was heaped on the team and the Speaker for limiting the House to only three members while the Senate basically retain most of their original committee members, except for Mark Rudimch who was removed.

The decision made earlier to remove Del. Secilil Eldebechel, chair of Ways and Means & Financial Matters, from his lead role in the budget process seems to have backfired big time.

With the rejection, the president can submit a new budget bill with an adjusted fund availability analysis, and one that incorporates the $3M emergency funding. Perhaps, with the rosy projection for 2012 tax receipts, there will be no need to utilize PAN funds for state block grants.

This might be the face saving measures that everyone needs.

However, one thing is clear though, the result was an embarrassment for the House leadership. A clear vote of no confidence.

December 29, 2011

Where are the big hits?

By Kambes Kesolei

The year 2011 marked the 4th year in a row without a major local music album released to wider appeal.

It used to be that we have several albums released per year, with hit songs, basically parked at the tip of our lips ready to be belted out. Our cultural music landscape is practically dry. And we are long overdue for a big hit.  So what’s taking so long?

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December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Peace. Joy. Love

October 6, 2011

On Goats, Stimulus, and Independence

By Kambes Kesolei —-

At the 4th Airai Conference on Cheldebechel held last September, Fred Sengebau, Director of the Bureau of Agriculture spelled out one of the national government’s initiatives: “The nation as a whole produces sufficient food within its domestic borders to meet the essential food needs of its people even if foreign food supplies were to be halted for an extended period of time.” That is good news.

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