It pays to guard the governor

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

By Troy Torres

(Tumon, Guam) Gov. Ralph Torres's bodyguard, Joey Ken Reyes Cruz, is building himself a mansion in As Teo, on a $41,800 annual base salary.

How the Department of Public Safety executive protection services officer is able to do this is anyone's guess. But, Mr. Cruz is no stranger to the largesse of the Torres administration. As a matter of fact, there is no one closer to the governor than his family, who has benefitted so directly from the power he wields.

Mr. Cruz travels often with his boss, supposedly to protect him from the assassins and terrorists on the streets of Guam, Hawaii, Boise, Tokyo, and wherever else he goes. The governor of Guam, Lou Leon Guerrero, also has a habit of hauling her expensive Guam Police executive security detail with her, though his hotel accommodations probably are not as lofty as Mr. Cruz's.

In the travel records Kandit previously reported on involving Mr. and first lady Diann Torres's Alaskan vacation on taxpayer dime, logs of reservations and receipts revealed something else: Joey Cruz lived like a king wherever the governor stayed.

For instance, from April 30 through May 3, 2018, while in Fairbanks, Alaska, Mr. and Mrs. Torres stayed at the Regency Fairbanks Hotel in an executive suite with a full kitchen and free breakfast at a total cost to taxpayers of $306.18.

Mr. Cruz stayed in an identical EXECUTIVE SUITE, costing the taxpayers the same amount of money.

From May 3 through May 5, 2018, while in Portland, Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. Torres stayed at the Aloft Portland hotel in a traditional room that cost the taxpayers a total $447.36. Mr. Cruz received the same accommodations, costing the taxpayers another $447.36.

Two other hotel room reservations repeat the same practice: whatever hotel accommodations the governor and first lady had the taxpayers fork out, they doubled the cost so their bodyguard could live it up with them.

You may see the travel documents by scrolling through the images below:

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