Archive for ‘OEK’

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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January 19, 2013

Reduction of OEK members salary may not be easy

Opposition appears to be building among the newly installed OEK members on the idea to reduce their salaries. Each Senator and Delegate makes $50,000 per year.

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January 19, 2013

Secilil Eldebechel, next Minister of Finance?

All indications point to Secilil Eldebechel as the appointee to head the Ministry of Finance. Eldebechel served as Delegate representing the state of Ngchesar in the 8th OEK, but lost to Sabino Anastacio last general election.

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November 22, 2012

Looting the National Treasury

Tia Belau Editorial, November 19, 2012 —-

Once again our cash-strapped government is wasting money on junket to Manila to attend an investment conference. There are reportedly over 30 national government and state officials, including around 20 OEK members, Koror legislators and their respective staff attending the conference. 

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October 14, 2011

Requesting all Palauans in the U.S to return home

Twelfth Regular Session, October 2011 Senate Joint Resolution No. 8-81
Requesting all Palauan citizens lawfully residing in the United States of America and its
territories and possessions pursuant to Article IV, Section 141 of the Compact of Free
Association between the Republic of Palau and the United States of America to return to

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August 26, 2011

Asst. AG awaits direction from President Toribiong


              The foregoing information sets forth the different restrictions concerning the work of the members of the OEK. My next task will be to apply this information to the reports you submitted concerning a particular member of the OEK [Sen. Arnold Oilouch]. I will then draft a letter setting out the different options that apply to this matter and await your direction. (Emphasis mine).

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August 26, 2011

Special Prosecutor should be in place

Tia Belau Editorial on August 22, 2011 —

It is becoming clear that the decision by the senate to preempt any move by the president to appointment  a new special prosecutor (SP) is turning into a strategic political blunder not only for the senate themselves but for the elected leadership of the national government.

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August 24, 2011

Why Senate wanted SP office closed…

Here’s the Senate Standing Committee Report No. 8-294 on the House Bill No. 8-146-11,HD3 (FY 2011 supplemental budget request)  on August 11, 2011.

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August 12, 2011

2010 Palau Annual Banking Sector Report

2010 Annual Banking Sector Report to OEK

August 2, 2011

There’s more at…

Belau Examiner.

July 14, 2011

FY 2012 budget bill


                                                                                         ______BILL NO. _______________


To authorize and appropriate the sum of $58,798,000 from the National Treasury for the annual general operating, special revenue, COFA review, and debt service budget of the Republic of Palau for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012; to authorize and appropriate funds to provide a $20.00 bi-weekly cost-of-living allowance to certain National Public Service System employees; to authorize and appropriate funds to pay outstanding court judgments against the National Government; to authorize and appropriate funds to provide a monthly subsistence stipend to families without any income; to amend 24 PNC §3413 to increase the amount of the environmental protection departure fee and other related matters; to amend 26 PNC §143(b) to make the Vice-President an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the National Development Bank; to amend 26 PNC §186(a) to augment the National Development Bank’s annual reporting requirements; to amend 30 PNC §125 to increase the minimum wage paid to  employees; to amend 37 PNC §302(a) to modify the manner in which the P.U.C. bills the National Government; to amend 40 PNC §1101 to change the rates at which wages and salaries are taxed; to amend 40 PNC §1401(a) to increase the excise tax assessed on hotel rooms; to amend Title 40 of the Palau National  Code by adding a section imposing a diving tax; to amend 40 PNC §628 to provide a practical mechanism for emergency procurement; and for  related purposes.

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February 16, 2011

More election coverage (updated)

By Kambes Kesolei

With only Ngaraard VAPP ballots (voting at another polling place), Peleliu central box and proper, and Angaur VAPP still to be counted, Chin should start measuring the drapes to his new senate office.

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February 15, 2011

Camsek Chin wins

By Kambes Kesolei

I’m calling this election for Camsek Chin. Early election  results for Koror and Airai shows Chin leading with a wide margin after vote counts in two of the most populous state in Palau.

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December 10, 2010

Freedom of Expression and Press under assault

By Kambes Kesolei

The below bill if passed would have repercussions beyond not only the traditional media but also the online forums, blogs, and other social networking sites.

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Date: December 9, 2010                             Senate Press Release No. 8-37

NGERULMUD, REPUBLIC OF PALAU – Senate President Mlib Tmetuchl called the Second Day of the Senate’s Tenth Special Session into order on Thursday, December 9, 2010.

In the Senate of the Eighth Olbiil Era Kelulau;The Senate passed the following Bills on first reading: … A Bill introduced by Senator Alfonso N. Diaz to add a chapter to 11 PNC regulating the publisher business; in particular, to enable members of the public who have a cause of action against an anonymous writer who publishes false, libelous, or defamatory statements through a publisher to be able to force a publisher through a subpoena to divulge the identity of the anonymous writer.

This Bill was introduced by Senator Alfonso N. Diaz and assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Affairs, Chaired by Senator Toribiong.

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November 18, 2010

Banning contraceptives as a way to grow the population

I’m off-island at the moment so regular postings will commence after my return. In the meantime, the below bill was sent to me so I am passing it on to you.  Sulang – Kambes

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