Mon. Mar 30th, 2020

MOJ hands over fundraiser cash to Director Aguon

Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Earnest Ongidobel (left) and Narcotics Enforcement Director Ismael Aguon at the office of the Ministry of Justice on November 18, 2019 during the handover of cash raised from a fundraiser to support the latter. (Rhealyn Callao Pojas)

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) handed over to Narcotics Enforcement Director Ismael Aguon the cash accumulated through a fundraising event that was held recently to support the officer.

Police chiefs and directors, who helped organized the fundraising event with the Palau Wave FM, gathered at the MOJ office on November 18, 2019 to witness the handover of the cash worth $7,500 which is said to be the equivalent value of the personal vehicle and other properties of the director that were destroyed by arsonists.

Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Earnest Ongidobel, in an interview, said that the remaining amount of the accumulated fund of $8,322 and the another $120 more that was donated by two individuals will be used to pay the advertisement meant to thank all the people who are instrumental to the success of the fundraiser. Some of the remaining funds will also be donated to the Palau Red Cross Society, the Chief of Staff added.

In his remarks, Director Aguon took the time to thank Palau’s national government and traditional leaders for the support he had received.

“I give thanks to all the citizens and people that call Palau ‘home’,” the director said.

“[I] give thanks to all [those] who generously lent their personal funds to assist in [alleviating] the harm on our family and damages to our personal property,” Aguon added.

Aguon expressed that he and his family are “humbled and moved” by all the ‘heartfelt support and generosity’ bestowed upon them.

Ongidobel, meanwhile, revealed that it was not only the director’s car that was destroyed in the fire but also some personal belongings that were placed inside it when the incident ensued.

Three hundred forty-five donors helped raised the amount to show support for the director during a fundraiser conducted at the Did ra Ngmatl, Koror on November 8.

The Times previously reported that Director Aguon’s Ford Expedition car was razed by unknown arsonists on October 11, 2019, prompting the government, particularly the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), to conduct a fundraiser (Rhealyn C. Pojas)