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Indigenous Ngäbe Bugle Remain Vigilant - Talks Should Resume On Monday

Gold & MiningWhile thousands of people moved to various locations within the country for this year's carnival celebrations, the natives of the Ngäbe Bugle region remained vigilant. The group camping in the park near the 5th of May plaza reminded the Government that the talks should resume in the National Assembly on Monday, 27 February 2012. One of the leaders of the Coalition for the Defense of Natural Resources and the Rights of the Ngäbe Bugle People told TVN News that they "allowed" the carnival celebrations to take place in an act of good faith, but hope that next Monday there will be an agreement that is satisfactory for them.

The pending issue is on hydroelectric projects on lands of the Ngäbe Bugle region and in adjoining areas. The Indians reject any hydroelectric development in the region and demand the cancellation of the concession granted for the Barro Blanco project. It was precisely this issue of the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project that prevented the debate from advancing, because the indigenous leaders maintain their position and they demand the cancellation of that concession, but Government Minister Jorge Ricardo Fabrega said this project is not located in areas annexed to the region.

On Friday, 17 February 2012, the members of the subcommittee who are discussing the controversial Article 5 of Bill 415 signed a statement to announce the progress made so far. They highlighted the consensus reached regarding the cancellation of all concessions granted for mining in the Ngäbe Bugle region and annexed areas, and the repealing of Law 41 of 1975, which created Codemin.

In terms of hydropower they have advanced on the following points:

1. In the future, and when necessary, any application or hydroelectric development project in the Bugle Ngäbe and adjoining areas shall comply with the formalities and go through the same agencies listed in Law 10 of 1997 and the Administrative Charter of the Comarca.

2. The Public Service Authority will issue a resolution through which they will reject the requests for the granting of concessions for the construction of the hydroelectric projects called: Caño Clarito and Chorcha, located inside of the Comarca.

3. As for hydropower projects in the annexed areas they have not yet reached a consensus, due to the legal, economic, ecological and social implications.

On Monday, 27 February 2012 at 10:00 am the dialog should resume in the Trade Commission of the National Assembly. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: Stock up on supplies, especially those of you in Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro. The government is not going to back down on the issue of hydroelectric projects. They will keep talking, but sooner or later I suspect the Ngäbe Bugle will get up from the table and walk away. It would be wise to take advantage of this time to stock your shelves. Hey, they might reach an agreement, then your shelves will be stocked, and that's a good thing, right? Better safe than sorry.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, February 23 2012 @ 02:57 PM UTC

Hello Don , I was just in town for a couple of weeks and thinking of the recent open-air concert that was performed on the steps of the old "Canal Zone Administration building" steps by the always tallented musical artistry of Reuben Blades of which I happen to enjoy his music. It's my understanding that he was once was running for the office of the Presidency under the Political Party of an indigenous word " Papa Egoro " meaning mother earth. I was wondering that here is a great opportunity to revive his political ambitions and siding with the Ngabe-Bugle and at the same time help to advance their cause . I mean I'm talking seriouly about "Carpe Diem" ( Seize the Day or moment ). He always had songs of either political persecutions, repressions or social injustices and etc.. Somebody should contact him . Meanwhile it wouldn't be a bad idea to stock up because these indigenous people can be nasty and especially if the Government turns off their cell-phone communication network again...remember..they overtook about 6 government installations between police ,firebrigades, and transit/highway checkpoints..........all with rocks, arrows and slingshots.......and let's see what Martinelli and the "Cavalry" or "pony soldiers " are going to do!

Authored by: Don Winner on Thursday, February 23 2012 @ 03:23 PM UTC

Ruben Blades ran as the candidate for the "Papa Egoro" political party, which he created, in the 1994 election. He received 17% of the vote, enough for a third place finish. Ernesto Perez Balladares from the PRD won with 33%, and Mireya Moscoso of the Panameñista party came in second with 29%. Ruben Blades' political beliefs are way too left of center for the majority of Panamanians to swallow. But, he did get a lot of the youth vote, communists, etc. Blades spent five years as the Minister of Tourism in the administration of Martin Torrijos (2004 - 2009) and now it seems like he's happy back in his "normal" role as a performer and movie actor. Anyone can launch a political campaign, gain some followers, and finish third of fourth (another way to say "lose.") I was here during that election. Believe it or not, a lot of people voted for him simply because he is famous. Mariano Rivera would win a presidential election in a landslide in Panama, no matter what he said he would do if elected. The problem with guys like Ruben Blades or another famous Panamanian like Roberto Duran - everyone knows they like to party and are not seen as "serious" enough. However a guy like Mariano Rivera, who is an evangelical Christian, is seen as "Mister Serious." Anyway, the chances of Ruben Blades running are slim, and actually getting elected = 0%.