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Guam AG hires Phil Tydingco at Leon Guerrero administration's request


Phil Tydingco, left, with Gov. Ralph Torres, third from right

By Troy Torres


Attorney General Leevin Camacho has hired ex-chief prosecutor Phil Tydingco back at the Guam attorney general's office, despite the major federal corruption case and raids of Mr. Tydingco's former office at Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC.


"He was hired and will be working at the Department of Labor," AG's spokeswoman Carlina Charfauros said.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, November 7, 2019, raided Mr. Tydingco's office in Saipan, where he was working as general counsel for the embattled casino. His was among several offices and residences raided by federal officials that day in a case that documents state involve public corruption, money laundering, wire fraud, and foreign interference in a United States election.


He reportedly resigned from the company a month later.


Mr. Tydingco also was a major financial contributor to the gubernatorial campaign of Gov. Ralph Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios. Mr. Torres's office and home were among those raided on November 7.


According to a disclosure by Mr. Camacho to the Guam Legislature, the attorney general hired Mr. Tydingco back at the AG's office starting June 29. His employment contract will end at the end of the fiscal year, on September 30, 2020. He will be paid an hourly rate of $42.82.


According to Ms. Charfauros, though, the AG's decision to hire Mr. Tydingco wasn't the AG's idea; it was director of labor David Dell Isola's choice. Mr. Dell Isola is part of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's cabinet. The Tydingco family has contributed large sums of money to the campaigns of the governor and several Democrats.


"Guam Department of Labor had an immediate need for an attorney specifically for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program," Ms. Charfauros explained. "We were unable to provide them with a full time attorney dedicated to that program. They requested the assistance of Phil Tydingco and the hiring was facilitated by our office because DOL cannot hire its own attorney."


When asked why Mr. Dell Isola specifically asked for Mr. Camacho to hire Mr. Tydingco, she said, "I do not know. They requested his services because we could not immediately provide a full time attorney for the PUA program."

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Guam AG Leevin Camacho has just 30 days left to act, but he has not even acknowledged receipt of a police complaint submitted on Feb. 1, 2019, alleging corruption at the Guam Office of Attorney General (AGO). The complaint alleges illegal double dipping at the AGO, and complicity therewith. I am Joseph A. Guthrie, a 16-year veteran of the Office of Attorney General who was deputy attorney general between 2003 and 2006, and I am the person who submitted the police complaint. The police complaint alleges that attorney Philip J. Tydingco committed the misdemeanors of official misconduct, unsworn falsification, and false statement related to GovGuam retirement – and that attorneys John Patrick "Pat" Mason, Alicia Limtiaco, Alberto Tolentino,…

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On Jan. 3, 2007, Mason signed a contract between himself and AG's office. The contract purported to be an independent contract, but Mason knew it to be a sham contract, insofar as the services of deputy attorney general contemplated to be provided under the contract by the signatories could – under applicable statute, temporary law, and personnel rule – only be legally provided by an unclassified employee, and not an independent contractor. The contract was also a sham contract because no Request for Proposal soliciting the interest of other potential independent contractors was issued before the contract was signed, contrary to the Guam Procurement Law. From Jan. 2, 2007 to Sept. 17, 2014, Mason performed…

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Dave Delazcruz
Dave Delazcruz
11. Juli 2020

Such a great choice! Exactly what Guam needs...more corrupt thieving criminals creeping back into government positions. He should be behind bars... what is taking the FBI so long?

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Richard V Leon
Richard V Leon
09. Juli 2020

Greedy mama, grandma, supposed Nurse, supposed ex-SinActress, Guam's goober-na Little LouLG 'dances with the Turtles' bamboo shuffle. Great picture like the Public Library Mural. YES, Little LouLG certainly keeps a tight ship of LOSERS. The hiring of Phil Tydingco spells an in road to know and maybe jeopardize any FBI Investigation. Think about that! Phil Tydingco related to GTA Dan Tydingco and the Guam Judge. Its a 'pari, connections and familia name politrix handbook' in the making. Just saying!

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