Torrijos Told Eaton About Rampant Corruption During Moscoso Years
Sunday, May 15 2011 @ 01:50 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Ah yes, another of Panama's "open secrets." Everyone in the entire country knows that the administration of Mireya Moscoso was one of the most corrupt in the history of the republic. And, practically nothing has been done about it. The only real and practical impact on the ground was that her Panameñista party got trounced by Martin Torrijos in 2004 with the then "Arnulfista" candidate coming in a distant third. Embarrassed by Mireya Moscoso's performance, the "Arnulfista's" changed the name of the party to the Panameñista's in an effort to distance themselves from the corruption associated with their party in the minds of most. Five years later, after the PRD proved once again they are no less corrupt than the Panameñista's, the upstart Ricardo Martinelli and his Cambio Democratico party won in 2009, with the formerly powerful Panameñista party candidate Juan Carlos Varela playing second fiddle, in return for support for his run in 2014. Most Panamanians clear their throat and spit on the ground when you mention the name of Mireya Moscoso - her entire administration was a disgrace. And how many of them went to jail for stealing millions upon millions of dollars of government money? Like, none. And what's the difference between Ernesto Perez Balladares and Mireya Moscoso in terms of corruption and bribes for concessions granted? Also, none.