Contributed by: Don Winner
Ana Matilde Gómez, Panama's Attorney General, has fired a total of thirteen District Attorneys to date in continued efforts to clean up and clear out established corruption in the legal system. The first twelve are all under investigation for wrongdoing. The most recent guy fired, Rolando Rodríguez, has been working for the Public Ministry for twenty one years, and this is the first case in which a DA has been fired but is not under a disciplinary or penal investigation. The AG can simply fire DA's at will (they work for her.) Ana Matilde Gómez has been in the lead on most of the Panamanian government's current efforts to clean up corruption at all levels. And, we've been told from several sources these efforts are more than just cosmetic. The Torrijos government really wants to make some headway into the endemic culture of institutionalized corruption that has plagued Panama for generations. Let's hope they are successful.