ANATI Will Set Land Prices For Coastal Areas
Wednesday, September 12 2012 @ 10:41 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Lands Continue To Be In The Name Of The Nation - Amid the uncertainty, today marks two months since the government announced the expropriation of 54.3 hectares in John Hombrón that were titled for free in a fast award processes and given to corporations by the former Director of Titling Anabelle Villamonte. In the history of the farms in the Public Registry, there are "marginals" placed against these properties were it reads "partial expropriation," while in the Land Registry a marginal makes reference to the "decree" of the expropriation of farms, although still no evidence that the farms have been taken over by the Nation. The former Minister of the Presidency Demetrio Papadimitriu said parents should decide whether they fight or not such properties. (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: This is another strong indication that both Papadimitriu and Oduber have leverage against Ricardo Martinelli. Unbelievably, Papadimitriu is indicating he might try to "fight" for these properties which were clearly obtained through the use of fraud, graft, corruption, and abuse of office and power and authority. While Oduber feels confident enough to try to put forward this proposal which would make him the "Land God Of Panama" for the next seven years, and he could only be removed by the Supreme Court. Obviously, none of these things will be acceptable to the Panamanian public. Martinelli's political opponents are just now starting to wake up to the smorgasbord of the bullshit buffet laid before them, as they head into the 2014 election cycle. Just yesterday Telemetro (PRD biased) television channel started reporting on yet another ANATI land fraud case, this time in Lake Bayano, in which Panama's Ambassador to Honduras is involved. And although the Ambassador is denying his involvement, he signed all of the documents. The CD has been able to "bury" both the Paitilla and Juan Hombron land scandals, but Punta Chame and Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui and Colon and now Lake Bayano are just getting started. The ANATI does not need more power, nor is there a need to change the law. There is a need to ENFORCE existing laws. The President should order and immediate AUDIT of the ANATI, to be conducted by the Public Ministry and the Comptroller. But, if they fail to do that, and if they decide instead to try to push forward this package of bullshit ANATI reforms in an attempt to cover up their crimes, then the opposition PRD and Panameñistas will literally eat their lunch in the polls in 2014. So - there's my prediction. If the CD passes these ANATI reforms, and if they fail to clean this mess up (right now), then they will lose in a big way in 2014.