Victor Hocog

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Victor Hocog
11th Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Assumed office
December 29, 2015
Governor Ralph Torres
Preceded by Ralph Torres
President of the Northern Mariana Islands Senate
In office
January 12, 2015 – December 29, 2015
Preceded by Ralph Torres
Succeeded by Francisco Borja
Personal details
Born Victor Borja Hocog
(1953-09-11) September 11, 1953 (age 65)
Mariana Islands, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
Political party Independent (Before 2009)
Republican (2009–present)[1]
Spouse(s) Villa Hocog

Victor Borja Hocog (born 11 September 1953)[2] is an American Republican politician from Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. He is the 11th Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Background and personal life[edit]

Hocog lives in Rota with his wife, Villa M. Hocog.[3]

In 2013, the Northern Mariana Islands Superior Court found Hocog and his wife Villa liable for unpaid rent on a piece of land on Rota.[3] The Hocogs had not paid rent since 2009.[3] The Hocogs were order to $292,049 in overdue rent, interest, and attorney's costs.[3]

Political career[edit]

Hocog unsuccessfully ran against Prudencio T. Manglona for mayor of Rota in November 1989.[4] Hocog also ran for mayor of Rota in 2005[2] and 2009.[5]

Commonwealth Legislature[edit]

In 2008, Hocog advocated in favor of a bill to require the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation to sell its power system for $250 million.[6] The bill prohibited requests for proposal in the procurement process in order to prevent protests.[6] Governor Benigno Fitial vetoed the bill, saying it could lead to higher utility rates because the private company that would buy the power system would recover its selling cost by passing them on to utility consumers.[6] Hocog was one of many in the House of Representatives who successfully overrode the governor's veto.[6]

In 2008, Hocog supported a bill that would allow certain foreign workers to apply for a resident foreign national entry permit.[7] The bill would make a foreign worker eligible if the individual had lived legally in the Northern Marianas Islands for at least five years and has good character.[7]

In 2009, Hocog introduced a bill to establish a set of procedures to seize land from private individuals in order to build a public highway.[8]

Hocog supported a bill to legalize casino gaming in Saipan in 2012.[9] The bill did not advance past the Senate.[9]

In 2015, Hocog sponsored a bill to establish the crime of electronic impersonation.[10] The bill would make it a crime to hack someone's profile on the internet or to create a fake profile on the internet with the intent to harm, intimidate, or attack other people.[10]

Lieutenant Governors[edit]

Incumbent Governor Eloy Inos died of complications after open heart surgery on December 28, 2015.[11][12] In accordance with the Constitution of the Northern Mariana Islands, Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands Ralph Torres became the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands and Hocog became lieutenant governor.[13] Hocog was sworn in as lieutenant governor on December 29, 2015.[13] Hocog announced in November 2017 that he would not seek re-election in 2018, and would instead seek to return to the Senate.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erediano, Emmanuel T. "Hocog to run for Rota Mayor". Marianas Variety. May 11, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Covenant dominates mayoralty races". Saipan Tribune. November 20, 2005.
  3. ^ a b c d De La Torre, Ferdie. "Hocog couple found liable to pay CDA $292K". Saipan Tribune. November 21, 2013.
  4. ^ Jaffe, Mark. "Politics and money threaten to spoil idyllic Pacific island". Knight-Ridder Newspapers. The Toronto Star. March 31, 1990.
  5. ^ Hocog, Victor. "To the People of Rota". Hocog for Mayor. 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d "Northern Marianas Island: CUC for sale for $250 million". TendersInfo (Mumbai, India). Saturday, October 4, 2008.
  7. ^ a b Eugenio, Haidee V. "Pinoys in CNMI to benefit from new immigration bill". GMANews. April 23, 2008.
  8. ^ "CNMI has no manual for acquiring private lands for public use". TendersInfo (Mumbai, India). May 13, 2009.
  9. ^ a b Garlitos, Kirby. "Senate Drops Saipan Casino Bill". CalvinAyre.com. April 24, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Villahermosa, Cherrie Anne E. "CNMI Senate Passes Anti-Cyber Bullying Bill". Marianas Variety. March 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Rabago, Mark (29 December 2015). "Gov. Eloy Inos Passes Away". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  12. ^ Manglona, Thomas (29 December 2015). "CNMI Governor Eloy Inos Dies". Pacific News Center. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  13. ^ a b "New governor, lt. governor sworn in". Marianas Variety. December 29, 2015.
  14. ^ Villahermosa, Cherrie (November 9, 2017). "Hocog to run for Senate". Marianas Variety. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph Torres
Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
2015–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent