By: L.N. Reklai
September 11, 2017 (Koror, Palau) President Tommy Remengesau Jr. signed a Presidential Proclamation No. 17-216 honoring the late Victor Uherbelau and conveying the nation’s appreciation for his contributions. The proclamation ordered all Palau flags to fly Half-Mast in his Honor.
The Proclamation noted his educational achievements from Angaur Elementary School to Xavier High School to University of Hawaii where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree to University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree.
In his illustrious career, he had served as Chief Clerk of the Senate in 1967, Assistant Attorney General at Attorney General’s Office in Saipan during the TTPI government, Registrar of Corporations for the seven administrative districts of Yap, Chuuk, Palau, Pohnpei, Northern Marianas, Kosrae and the Marshall Islands.
In 1979, he became one of the Angaur delegates to the First Constitutional Convention. He was elected as Angaur Legislator to the 7th Palau Legislature where he chaired the Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Affairs in 1980.
Late Victor Uherbelau served as Director of the Bureau of Foreign Affairs and served as Special Legal Assistant on International Relations to late President Haruo Remeliik, late President Lazarus Salii, and late President Ngiratkel Etpsion.
Late Victor Uherbelau while holding a position of Acting Attorney General as well as serving as legal advisor to the Palau IPSECO Power Plant Taskforce, also served as a member of Palau’s delegation to the United Nations Trusteeship Council’s Annual Sessions.
He was the first Micronesian elected to serve two terms as Director of the Forum Fisheries Agency based in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 1994-2000, a regional organization.
Late Victor Uherbelau served as the Executive Director of Palau’s Compact Review Commission.
Furthermore, he again served as Presidential Assistant for Maritime Affairs and International Relations in former President Toribiong’s Administration.
Late Victor Uherbelau also served in numerous civic organizations until his passing. He is survived by his wife Rachel Ngiruos, daughters Elie Uherbelau-Kanai, Angela Uherbelau-Robinhold, Rebecca Uherbelau-Castle, Vaidil Uherbelau, his sons Numa Asanuma and Gaafar Uherbelau and his sisters and brothers, grandchildren and great grandchildren. [/restrict]