By Bryan C. Sualog • Pacific Daily News •
Guam Customs and Quarantine acting Director Ralph M.J. Sgambelluri said he doesn't see a conflict of interest in making money off his agency's Christmas party.
The Customs and Quarantine Employee Association is scheduled to hold its Christmas party Dec. 19 at Sgambelluri's Hagåtña bar, Ralphy's.
"There's no establishment out there that you could walk into and grab a drink for free," he said. "If I gave it for free, you'd probably think I'm stupid." He added that people didn't have to purchase drinks. If they wanted to, they could just come and drink water and eat.
"It'll give the perception to the people of Guam of impropriety. A lot of times that counts a lot as to how people see the conduct. I wouldn't do it if that were me," he said.
"It doesn't look good. It doesn't look right in my opinion," Palacios said.
"The hotels can get a little bit too expensive, sometimes upwards of $3,000 to $4,000 and that's just for the venue and the dinner," he said.
"We're not paying for the venue, we're just paying for the dinner, raffles and the band," he said.
"I'm baffled about getting any kind of concerns or complaints about this," Sgambelluri said. "It really hurts me."