New Naval Air Station Will Be Built On Amador Causeway
Tuesday, October 09 2012 @ 10:13 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
In late July, this newspaper (La Estrella) reported that a new naval air base would be built on Flamenco Island, and in response Minister Mulino said it was only going to be a dry dock to raise and lower boats for repairs. Yesterday, reality changed. The new Naval Air Base at Flamenco will serve as the "Headquarters of the National Naval Air Service in the Pacific area," said Mullino.
The minister's remarks came during the presentation of the accountability report yesterday, which highlighted the decline in homicides in the country and the investments that have been made in security. A total of 18 naval bases (including the four new above) are being built at a cost of $134.7 million. "With this we wish to prevent, as indeed is being done, the flow of drugs from entering Panama," said Mullino. So far this year authorities have seized about 22 tons of drugs.
VIOLENT SOCIETY - Mulino, together with the heads of the various public safety entities, also stressed that through 30 September 2012 there have been 500 homicides in the country. The figure represents 70 cases less, compared with the same period of 2011. The districts of Panama and San Miguelito recorded the highest numbers of homicides, with a rate of 13.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. According to Mulino, homicides related to organized crime represent 24% of these cases, and 45% has been as a result of social conflict, which means that "we are a violent society."
During the presentation of the report it was revealed that today was the ceremony to lay the first stone of the construction of the radar center, and on Friday they will receive the new coast guard center. By the end of the year the first five radar sets will be installed in the country, of a total of 19 sets. (Estrella)