Conflict in the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP)
Tuesday, June 22 2010 @ 09:17 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Any time I see a government agency that can lay down hefty fines like this I cringe. These kinds of offices are ripe for corruption. They can threaten with a hefty fine, but if you pay the right people, then the whole problem just goes away. I would like to see the dates on this shark finning incident. I remember an article about a relatively recent article about shark finning in Panama from 25 November 2009. I wonder if this is the boat that was supposedly fined $564,000 dollars, that Arauz fined but Poveda ordered released. I also think Arauz might be a holdover from the PRD administration of Martin Torrijos, and Poveda is just cleaning house in order to run her own show. And since she could read the writing on the wall, Arauz fired a preemptive strike by filing a complaint against Poveda and now she can claim she was fired because she is a whistle blower. Nice trick, but there's a problem. I suspect the ARAP was most likely just as corrupt as the rest of the Panamanian government under the administration of Martin Torrijos, so it probably won't be too hard for them to dig up something on Arauz and a whole bunch of other people. In the end it's an internal struggle for power, and there's no way of knowing who is telling the truth.