Friends of Monument yet to decide if they will pursue original proposalI don't know how the reporter got the idea that anybody was going to lobby the US Congress.
THE Friends of the Monument will not lobby the U.S. Congress to implement the proponents’ original proposal for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.
Angelo Villagomez of the Friends of the Monument said even during the Bush administration their group did not lobby Congress.
“We worked with the Bush administration,” he said.
Ask if they will lobby the new administration of President Obama, Villagomez said: “That has yet to be seen.”
He said even if their group decided to move forward, they have yet to know who they will work with in the new administration.
He said what their group is interested to know the benefits that CNMI will get from the monument.
They want to see the establishment of a visitor center and the creation of federal jobs for local residents, he added.
The Friends of the Monument have yet to meet to discuss what next step they will undertake after the declaration of the monument, Villagomez said.
He is hoping that the CNMI leadership will seriously focus on the benefits that can be derived from the declaration of the monument, adding that the Friends of the Monument will continue to cooperate with local officials.
Last January, Gov. Benigno R. Fitial appointed three representatives to the advisory council for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument — Benigno M. Sablan, a member of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council; Joaquin P. Villagomez, a former member of Wespac’s advisory panel; and Sylvan O. Igisomar, the director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Villagomez commended the CNMI leaders and the White House for the monument declaration.
With the creation of the advisory council, he said he is hoping that the CNMI will continue to inform the people how the monument is going to be managed.
I also don't believe I said anything resembling the final paragraph of that story.