Contributed by: Don WinnerThe president, Ricardo Martinelli, insisted that the sale of the lands of the Colon Free Trade Zone will bring benefits to the province of Colon. He said 35% of the funds generated by the sale of the lands of the free zone will be used to solve many social problems affecting the province, and he categorically denied that the state has run out of funds to continue running social investment programs. According to Martinelli, the people who oppose the initiative, do so for "purely political" reasons, and they are people who "do not love their country."
Martinelli said a foreigner is inciting the protests, and they will start an investigation process, because he has serious legal problems regarding his nationalization. Martinelli said on the channel 2 TVN morning news that the Bill allowing for the sale of the lands of the Colon Free Trade Zone is supported by all of the people who are in the business class in the province, and he said there is a very small group who is inciting the people of Colon to protest.
Martinelli said "in the land they pay very little in rent, and they are lands where it is preferable that the companies can own the lands where they have made improvements." It is expected that today, Friday, 19 October 2012, the third and final debate will start for the approval of Bill 529. (Panama America)