Lucy vs. Balbina - "Chick Fight!"
Thursday, January 15 2009 @ 04:51 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Yesterday morning on the TVN Channel 2 early news, the PRD presidential candidate Balbina Herrera sat down with one of my favorite journalists in Panama, Lucy Molinar. Lucy asked tough questions about Balbina Herrera's brother, Pablo Garrido Araúz, who is currently serving as Panama's Ambassador to Brussels. If you will remember, late last year Panama was notified that they will no longer be eligible for importation tax breaks from the European Union for failing to file some documents on time. Lucy went right at Balbina with the question, asking why no one has been fired over this incident, who's going to be held responsible, etc. Balbina responded by deflecting the question, defending her brother, and trying to turn the tables back on Lucy, alleging that both she and Channel 2 are in Martinelli's back pocket. It was a great exchange, and this morning someone actually sent me a transcript of the dialog between the two (in Spanish). I'm not going to take the time to translate the interview, but let's just say that Balbina came out looking like, well, Balbina. Maybe Martinelli will hold someone responsible for the screw-up after he wins the election? Hey, what's $30 million dollars of lost tax revenues between friends...
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