Although history provides far more attention to his brother Ricardo, who became Governor of Guam, Paul Bordallo was a political and intellectual giant in his own right, and was also a supporter of an independent future for Guam. He served in the 11th and 12th Guam Legislatures and helped inspire one of the most radical periods in that body’s history.  Bordallo led the charge to make Chamorro an official language of Guam, passed the Chamorro Land Trust Act and also protested (and helped defeat) the planned use of Sella Bay for a US Navy ammunition wharf. He also co-authored legislation to establish one of the first political status commissions for Guam, served on the Commission for Self-Determination and was a strong advocate that voting in any political status plebiscite belong to only those who have the historical right to do so.

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