Mangilao town hall will address recent attacks

COMMUNITY MEETING: A community meeting will take place in the Mangilao Community Center at 6 p.m. tonight. Image courtesy of the Mangilao Mayor's Office

The first in a series of town hall meetings in the wake of last week's machete attacks takes place tonight in the village where it happened.

"I'm hoping that we get some positive dialogue," said Mangilao Mayor Allan Ungacta, "and see if we can come to an understanding and try to get some of these issues resolved."

The meeting will take place in the Mangilao Community Center at 6 tonight.

The initiative was one of the ideas that came out of the emergency meeting called by the governor last week – the day after seven vehicles were damaged, and their drivers terrorized when they were attacked by at least two men, one of whom was armed with a machete.

Officials said they hope community meetings will help bridge any misunderstandings between members of the Guam and Federated States of Micronesia communities in the wake of the recent attack and previous incidents. One of the suspects is an FSM citizen.

Ungacta said he has invited various government of Guam stakeholders, including representatives from the Guam Police Department and the Department of Youth Affairs. FSM Consul General Teresa Filipin and various Chuukese organizations also have been invited.