Ministers Ordered To Not Talk About Financial Pacific / Petaquilla Scandal

Thursday, January 03 2013 @ 05:40 PM UTC

Contributed by: Don Winner

The silence maintained yesterday by President Ricardo Martinelli and some of his ministers on questions about the letter allegedly sent to the Attorney General, confirming the existence of his more than ten year old account in the Financial Pacific brokerage house, was a recommendation made by the Secretary of Communication.

Luis Eduardo Camacho, communications secretary, confirmed that he told the ministers and heads of institutions not to talk about it. "The president himself told them not to respond to any publication of the newspaper La Prensa, because they are manipulating the information," said Camacho.

Both Martinelli and Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino spoke to the media until they were asked questions related to the letter sent by the president to the Attorney General.

But Alma CortÚs, the Labor Minister, dared to speak and she said the recent publications were "passing the bill" from Martinelli's political opponents, for making them pay taxes.

"It is a meanness by political opponents. It hurts millionaires when you take money out of their pockets," she said.

The Attorney General appointed by Martinelli, Ana Belfon, only said the "management of investigations should be done in silence. Soon the results will be known."

Political analyst Renato Pereira said it is wrong to remain silent and that the president should reiterate his position and defend himself against all allegations that are being made. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: So, Martinelli did in fact have an account at the Financial Pacific brokerage house. Since the Supreme Court ordered a halt to the "reorganization" that had been ordered by the Superintendent of Market Securities, I now don't have very much faith in the veracity or validity of whatever might be left in Financial Pacific's files.

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