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Chief of Staff Fui J. Saelus regrets the unfortunate consequence of the unintended incident, which involved two local Army Reservists being pictured with the chairman of the local Democratic Party during its National Democratic Convention roll-call,

It is certainly lamentable because it casts unfavorable dispersion on the perceived association and connection of our Governor with this issue.

For the record, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga declared himself an Independent since becoming Governor on Jan, 13, 2013. This decision reflected Gov Lolo’s commitment at the onset of his administration not to let party politics become an impediment in the Territory of American Samoa receiving maximum support from Washington, D.C. to address the needs of our people.  The assertion that Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga was aware and in support of this action because the Chairman works at the Governor’s Office is ludicrous and baseless.

The Territory of American Samoa is exceedingly proud and boastful of its rich and honorable military history given that it holds the distinction of having the highest per capita of voluntary enrollment in the Armed Forces of the United States. Thus, it is disappointing and regretful this has happened, as the intent was one of pride and patriotism and not political since we do not vote in the national elections.


Chief of Staff, Fiu J. Saelua