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Daniel Ayora of Rana Verde Eco Resort in Bocas - Starting To Respond

CorruptionBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - An American named Cirilo McSween it trying to take over lands owned by Daniel Ayora on Cayo de Agua island in Bocas del Toro. Daniel has been on these lands since 2003. He purchased three hectares from a local Indian woman many years ago, paying her $30,000 for the rights of possession (ROP). Then, he started building his eco-lodge and resort called the Rana Verde. Cirilo McSween purchased about 35 hectares of land from the same woman at about the same time. She wanted to keep another 55 hectares for herself, but magically a document showed up that she had supposedly signed - a minor miracle in itself because this woman is illiterate and uneducated, and she's never signed any document in her entire life. No matter, the obviously forged document was used, together with hefty bribes paid to local officials (as alleged by Daniel Ayora) and the rest of the woman's land was appropriated. Now recently McSween has turned his attention to Daniel Ayora. Last week he was jumped in Isla Colon by a group of thugs who beat him. Them they went to his island and burned down his eco-lodge. All of these actions have the tacit approval of the local Mayor, Justice of the Peace, and police officers, who have been paid to cooperate.

Get In The Press: I spoke to Daniel Ayora again last night. He's going to be launching his legal counter-offensive this morning, filing criminal complaints against everyone involved. He's also contacting all of the local media here in Panama, who are covering this incident extensively. I suggested to Daniel that he should contact the media in Chicago - that's where Cirilo McSween is from. Maybe he will act with a little more civility once he understands that by paying a bribe to a local official here in Panama he has violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and is subject to prosection in the United States. This might be Panama, however American citizens are held to a standard of conduct, which Mr. Cirilo McSween Jr. has apparently violated. He is a close friend and ally of former president Martin Torrijos and has many political contacts and connections within the local PRD political party. However, the last time I checked there was this anti-PRD dude named Ricardo Martinelli in charge of things here. Maybe he would like another couple of nuts to roast. What these people are doing in Bocas is reprehensible. Daniel sent me this video this morning...

Copyright 2011 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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Daniel Ayora of Rana Verde Eco Resort in Bocas - Starting To Respond
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, September 05 2011 @ 02:49 PM UTC

I can only hope Martinelli will investigate this to the fullest and prosecute those responsible. The corruption in Bocas is so blatant as to be unbelievable. How could anyone even consider retiring , or investing in Panama with headlines like this. It is the duty of the government to clean up this blight on Panama and the time is now.( actually it was years ago). Our hearts go out to Daniel, I can't imagine what he must be going thro to lose everything he has worked so hard for.We hope and pray justice will be served here and it will if everyone voices their outrage against a government that lets this happen. Enough is enough.S.tart screaming and scream long and hard.........maybe we will be heard this time.

Daniel Ayora of Rana Verde Eco Resort in Bocas - Starting To Respond
Authored by: susangg on Monday, September 05 2011 @ 04:13 PM UTC

What if a couple of thousand of us emailed the president about this? I just did. The email address for his communications secretary is prensa @ presidencia. gob. pa (remove the spaces before and after the "at" sign and after the periods following "presidencia" and "gob"
If he gets a handful of emails, they'll probably go right in the circular file. If he gets 500 or 1000 maybe it will merit a mention at their weekly meeting, or whatever.......maybe he'll dispatch some operative to look into it and do something. One can only hope....

Boycott Bocas del Toro
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, September 06 2011 @ 03:03 PM UTC

I fully support the BOYCOTT BOCAS DEL TORO CAMPAIGN initiated by Don Winner. How can anyone continue to live or even visit this shithole? Bocas del Toro is PRD (i.e.: corrupt thugs) territory.

"I SOLEMNY SWEAR NEVER TO SET FOOT IN BOCAS DEL TORO AS LONG AS THE PRD THUGS ARE IN POWER THERE"