Hector Jose Santos Rudas - Linked To Punta Chame Land Grab

Friday, July 27 2012 @ 09:37 PM UTC

Contributed by: Don Winner

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I'm starting to analyze the various names and connections appearing in the documents I already have in order to determine who is "really" behind this massive land grab on the Southern side of Punta Chame. I've already been getting some "indirect" pointers from some political sources - some people already know who is behind this, but so far no one is ready to name names. People are thinking out loud and actively speculating - that's a nice way to put it. One name appearing repeatedly in this transaction is Hector Jose Santos Rudas. Basically, he's all over this stuff. Hector J. Santos was an active member of the Panameņista political party. According to this spreadsheet on file with the Electoral Tribunal in Panama, he is registered as a Convention Delegate For The "Panameņista Youth" from the province of Veraguas.

But, There's A Catch: I hate it when a perfectly good political conspiracy theory get's all shot to hell. Based on the images he's posted recently via Twitter, Hector Jose Santos Rudas is now an active member of the Cambio Democratico party. He helped to organize and set up the party the CD recently held on 1 July 2012 to celebrate their three years in power. So, this means at the time of the elections in 2009 Hector J. Santos was in the Panameņista party - but at some point in time he switched to the CD. He's in this photo with president Ricardo Martinelli and the President of the National Assembly Sergio Galvez. This photo was taken on 1 July 2012 at 4:29 pm.

He Worked For Anabelle Villamonte:

  • According to this document listing the employees of Panama's Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), Hector Jose Rudas Santos worked in the "Direccion de Catastro y Bienes Patrimoniales" (Office of Taxation and Patrimonial Property) in the "Despacho del Director de Catastro y Bienes Patrimoniales." (In The Office Of The Director). He was getting paid $1,200 per month salary. This document reflects his employment in August 2011. Now remember, the new ANATI had been created. Under the old structure, this office was under the MEF - but with the creation of the new ANATI this office became the new Director of Land Titling. In short, Hector Jose Rudas Santos was the Secretary for the Director - Lic. Anabelle Villamonte Murgas. Specifically, look at line number 99 of this payroll list document.

    Put The Calendar Into Political Context: Remember, the alliance between the Panameņista political party and the Cambio Democratico came to a crashing halt on 30 August 2011. So, it's highly likely the young Panameņista political activist got himself a job working for the MEF in the office of Cadastro (Tax) - which then later became the ANATI. At some point in time he switched from the Panameņistas to the CD.

    Land Plan Accepted And Registered: On Friday, 7 October 2011, the ANATI accepted and registered the plan for the land in Punta Chame, as ordered in the memo issued by Lic. Anabelle Villamonte "ANATI-DNTR-DDN-1549" dated 5 October 2011. His name, Hector J. Santos R. with his Cedula number, is hand written on the plan itself.

    Land Title Issued By ANATI: On the very same day, Friday, 7 October 2011, Hector Jose Santos Rudas signed ANATI Resolution Number 329 as Anabelle Villamonte's Secretary. The document bears his signature.

    Title Deed Registered: On Friday, 14 October 2011 at 4:49 pm, Hector Santos personally registered the land title deed issued by the National Authority of Land Administration (ANATI) through Resolution Number 329 of 7 October 2011 in the Public Registry.

    So, There's One Guy To Talk To: It's fairly obvious based on this documentation that the young Hector J. Santos R. will have a pretty good idea of what happened out there in Punta Chame. Let's see. What else...

    Interesting: Remember back a couple of weeks ago when the three TVN journalists were being hauled to court because they had the balls (gasp) to report on a corrupt police officer who was caught on video tape accepting a cash bribe in order to avoid a traffic ticket? Well, this guy Hector Jose Santos Rudas issued several Tweets - indicating that, in his opinion, it is not the role of a journalist to investigate anything. According to him journalists should not investigate anything, only inform. He thought the three journalists should have been found guilty in court. I wonder what his reaction will be to his article? Talk about irony, eh? Maybe there is a reason why he doesn't want journalists in Panama to be able to - what's a good word - research shit? I call in "analysis." You can pick your own lexicon...

    Complaints Being Prepared Right Now: I understand on Monday morning the lawyers representing the American landowner who contacted me in the first place will be filing their criminal complaints in this case. I expect there are a whole lot of people who are scrambling for position or cover - the news has already broken in the Panamanian press. So now, it will all fall to the lawyers and the prosecutors and the judges to figure it out. Good for them. Hey, I'm just informing, Hector...

    Copyright 2012 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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