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Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 02:52 am EDT

The "Political Pressure" Behind the Belgis Castro Corruption Case

Corruption By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Yesterday Pedro Miguel Gonzalez, the former PRD Deputy to Panama's National Assembly who is wanted by the United States in the terrorist assassination of Army Sergeant Zak Hernandez, came out in a press conference to denounce the "political pressure" being applied by the administration of Ricardo Martinelli in the Belgis Castro case. Castro, who was the Minister of Education for only about eight months, was arrested yesterday on criminal corruption and embezzlement charges related to the mishandling of funds destined for school repairs. Gonzalez came out in Castro's defense because they are both currently members of the National Executive Committee (CEN) of the Partido Revolucionario Democratico (PRD). In fact, Gonzalez is right - there is a coordinated effort on the part of the administration of Ricardo Martinelli to smoke out the corrupt former officials of the administration of Martin Torrijos. My question to Gonzalez would be - so what? Followed shortly thereafter by "who cares?" What matters in these cases is that those people who were placed in positions of trust within the government, and who later violated those positions to embezzle public funds, should be investigated, charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced. And, the PRD should not be surprised at all by what Martinelli is doing, he paid for hundreds of hours of advertising that said "anyone who steals from the government will go to jail", a campaign promise he is now fulfilling. All of the former ministers are now literally squirming (because not one of them is "clean"), wondering where the ax will fall next. And the fact that a guy like Pedro Miguel Gonzalez still thinks he carries any weight at all with the public, by going out on a press conference to complain, is a prefect demonstration of just how out of touch from reality the core of the PRD remains. Guys like Gonzalez still "don't get it." The people summarily fired him from this position, and his own party the PRD is about to toss his ass out of the CEN as well. His complaining is kinda like the sounds a bug makes as it's being squashed - snap, crackle, pop, squish...

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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