Koror, Palau — The vice-presidency is typically misconstrued as just a standby position, a medical complication away from the presidency. Not in Palau though, where the second in command is historically appointed to a key cabinet position. Nothing unusual if not for the drama that made this office a staple of headlines in recent years. When Vice President Raynold “Arnold” Oilouch was named head of the Ministry of Justice, some said he just walked into a minefield. Oilouch has
It will cost at least $100,000 to demolish the BRT Building of the Ministry of Justice, which was earlier condemned as unsafe. BRT Building is named after the initials of Bismark, Rengiil and Termeteet, who are some of the most prominent names to have donned the police uniform. Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch over the weekend provided a copy of the cost estimate made by the Bureau of Public Works, which stated that it will cost at least $110,000 for dem
Koror, Palau- On Monday, Jan. 23, Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., joined by the leadership of the Palau National Congress and Palau traditional leaders, took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new wharf for patrol boats and administrative building that will house the operations of the Division of Marine Law Enforcement. The $34-million project, funded with grant from Nippon Foundation and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, is part of a 10-year
A last ditch effort for the outgoing Ninth OEK to give new life to Land Court before closing out its term appear to have failed following the House of Delegates rejection of the conference committee report on bill, SB 9-188, SD1, HD1, CD1. The bill restores the power of the Land Court to conduct hearings and determine land ownership. Anastacio Senior The subject bill removed amendments by the House limiting it to returning operationa
Koror, Palau — “Palau has been a humbling experience for me,” John Bradley says, sitting at the Rose Garden Restaurant in Meyuns, with his wife Leslie. Looking out from the restaurant’s open area overlooking Rock Islands, Bradley was savoring every minute of his remaining stay in this paradise island nation before heading to Hawaii. Amid his great moments in Palau, there have been bad times that he says he would rather forget. Bradley stepped down from his post as Palau’s at
It’s a historical moment in the Palau judiciary as two new associate justices were sworn in this morning to formally take their seat in the Appellate Division of the Palau Supreme Court. Barrie Michelsen taking oath of office President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr administered the oath separately to John K. Rechucher and Barrie Michelsen in Court Room 101 - the chief justice’s chamber. Remengesau in his brief remark said that with the new justices, Palau stands to benefit from the
The Special Prosecutor’s office, on Sept. 27, filed three counts of criminal charges against sitting Ngarchelong State Governor Browny Salvador. Salvador faces one count of theft of government property in the first degree, one count of misconduct in public office and one count of criminal violation of the code of ethics for allegedly unlawfully increasing his salary without appropriate changes to the law. A resolution by the Legislature of the Seventh Ngarchelong State Assemb
The day Palauans go to the polls to elect their leaders, has been declared a “National Day of Democracy,” which is observed as a national holiday. This year’s national election day falls on November 1, which will be observed as a national holiday with the national and state government taking a day-off except for essential services to continue. Declaring the election day as a national holiday was issued by President Johnson Toribiong through an executive order on 31 Oct 2012.