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President Ricardo Martinelli Aware of the Citricos S.A. Problem

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There has been a little more action up at the farm of Dan and Jeanie Miller in the El Banco area in the District of Dolega, province of Chiriquí. If you'll remember, these are the people who have been illegally locked into their property by a company called Citricos S.A. since about 17 July 2009. The company has put a huge padlock on their gate, posted guards, and even dug trenches across the road to prevent the Millers from being able to access or leave their farm. And they have done all of this in spite of the fact that there are valid and current orders from the local government and law enforcement authorities preventing them from doing so. This morning I wrote an email to Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli in order to make him aware of the situation. He responded almost immediately, saying "ya le informe al gobernador" (I have already informed the Governor.) Excellent, and thank you very much. Now I suspect it will take a day or two before something actually happens on the ground to make a real change in the situation. This afternoon there was a protest (slash) demonstration in front of the offices of the Municipal government, and the attorney representing the Miller's had a meeting with the Governor programmed for today as well. Since all of this stupid ditch digging activity started on Friday afternoon I think the actions of Citricos S.A. will actually backfire on them, and bring this entire drama to a relatively rapid conclusion. And, why do we have to go to the extremes of getting the President of Panama involved in something like this, which could have, and actually should have been handled by the local governmental and law enforcement authorities? (Rhetorical question) Answer - Citricos S.A. is a rich and powerful company, and in Panama the rich and powerful are accustomed to doing exactly whatever the hell they feel like doing, and for decades they have been able to get away with it. Citricos S.A. apparently thought they could get away with ignoring the orders by the low ranking local governmental authorities and law enforcement, just because they have money. It always has been that way, at least up until now that is. Now, once this is resolved, Citricos S.A. ends up looking like punks, thugs, and bullies. I hope they sue me for calling them "pricks" - I would just love to have a long legal discussion in court over the meaning of the word "pricks." I mean, if they are in fact pricks then it's not slander, right? And by the way, the guy in the picture above is the Director for Corporate Communications and Public Relations for Citrico S.A...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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President Ricardo Martinelli Aware of the Citricos S.A. Problem
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 17 2009 @ 08:29 PM EDT

Don you obviously made a big difference in this fight for a common sense solution. None of us would want to go through this experience, and, being a gringo in a foreign country often makes it that much more difficult. You get a free pass to heaven for this one.

President Ricardo Martinelli Aware of the Citricos S.A. Problem
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, August 18 2009 @ 07:22 AM EDT

We will see, its not over yet. I feel for those people.