Mayors' Council: Blas to resign

FEDERAL CASE: Yona Mayor Jesse Mendiola Blas, in white shirt, is escorted into the District Court of Guam by federal agents on Tuesday, Sept. 24 after the federal indictment against him became public. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

The Mayors' Council of Guam is aware that Yona Mayor Jesse M. Blas has considered resigning from his position. He continues to be held behind bars for his federal case.

"We had a discussion with the (MCOG) executive director and the (MCOG) vice president last week about his letter and he is preparing a letter of resignation," said council President and Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares.

Savares added, “The effective date and when it will be turned in – I am not sure."

Council Executive Director Angel Sablan, who continues to suggest that the Yona mayor should consider resigning, said he has been in contact with Blas' girlfriend about his plans.

"She was trying to make sure he goes this route, but the mayor is waiting for legal counsel to give him the advice," said Sablan. "He's discussing it with his family. It looks like it might happen that way, but we are waiting for his attorney to give him some advice."

Defense attorney Joseph Razzano was not immediately available for comment.

Sablan: Yona mayor has a lot going against him

"No matter what we do to discuss it, we just have to wait and respect his decision with whatever he wants to do," said Sablan.

"I continue to pray for him and hope that he finds peace in this and closure. I still believe 'innocent until proven guilty' but there is so much odds against him that at this point, we will see what happens," said Savares.

Blas awaits trial following a federal indictment on extortion and bribery charges linked to cluster mailboxes he allegedly offered to let drug dealers use.

On Nov. 25, the Guam Election Commission approved a petition by Yona resident Francisco Hiton to remove Blas from office.

Hiton must now collect at least 981 signatures from registered voters in Yona before he hands over the petition to the commission, which then must vet the signatures.

The petition will need to be approved by the Guam Legislature, too.

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