‘NMI lost a great role model’

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FORMER Rep. Peter Michael “Mike” Pangelinan Tenorio was not just a friend, he was also  a great role model for young people and “all of us who are serving the people of the Commonwealth,” Rep. Luis John Castro said on Tuesday.

Tenorio, who served in the 10th House of Representatives as Precinct 1 representative, passed away on the evening of June 27 in San Diego, California at the age of 59.

Mike Tenorio

Tenorio also served as district director for the office of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.

“He is one of those people who left an impact on the lives of the people in the Commonwealth,” Castro said, adding that Tenorio was “one of the smartest individuals you could ask for advice — he was also one of the nicest people you could ever know.”

Castro said he will introduce a commemorative resolution in honor of “a great individual who lived a life full of service to the community.”

Rep. Tina Sablan, who  served on the staff of Congressman Kilili, said Tenorio was a boss, colleague, friend, and family. “He was [also] a businessman, a public servant, a devoted family man, a man of faith. He was kind. He was funny. He was generous. He helped so many —quietly, without any fanfare. People loved him,” she said.

On his Facebok page, Kilili’s office posted the following:

“The congressional office is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Peter Michael P. Tenorio.

“‘Mike,’ as he was better known, was the district director of the Northern Marianas congressional offices, and had led our local team since the beginning of this office in 2009. Mike, son of the late Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio and Mrs. Sophie P. Tenorio, was a former legislator, serving the people of Precinct 1 in the 10th CNMI Legislature. Mike was a respected businessman, expert realtor and San Diego sports fan. He passed last weekend surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and their three children: Sophia, Ex and Peter Jr. He is additionally survived by his mother, Sophie, his brothers and sisters, and their families. Congressman Kilili and staff send our love and deepest condolences to the family while we mourn the loss of our brother, Mike. Thank you for your years of selfless service to our office and to the people of the Northern Marianas.”


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