SAIPAN – Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang remains hopeful the CNMI and other territories would be exempted from the federal ban on cockfighting.

On Guam, officials there may file a lawsuit to challenge the federal law, he said.

As vice chairman of the Association of Mariana Islands Mayors, Vice Mayors and Elected Municipal Council Members, or AMIM, Apatang supported the resolution adopted by the group, calling for the exemption of Guam and the CNMI from the federal law against cockfighting.

But he said Guam and the CNMI also recognize the importance of regulating cockfighting to ensure “the humane treatment of the fighting cocks and fairness in the conduct of cockfights.”

This week, Apatang said the AMIM executive committee will be on Saipan to plan the general assembly that will be held on island on Nov. 14-15.

The members of the committee are: AMIM President and Agat Mayor Kevin Susuico, Apatang, AMIM Secretary and Barrigada Mayor June Blas, AMIM Treasurer and Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares, and AMIM sergeant-at-arms and Tinian Mayor Edwin Aldan.