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"Martinelli Has Nothing To Do With The Article On Jose Blandon" - Muñoz

PoliticsThe deputy from the CD José Muñoz said the President Ricardo Martinelli has nothing to do with the article published by the newspaper Panamá América in reference to the child support paid by José Isabel Blandón Figueroa to his two children.

"I am not defending Ricardo Martinelli because he does not need anyone’s defense, but I don’t think he did that,” he said.

The official despised the article from the newspaper because it is a personal matter, “This type of situation must stop and I am on Blandón’s side.”

He said politicians would do anything to win.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labor, Alma Cortés, said the President couldn’t have done that because he is a sensitive human being and he does not mess around with family matters.

The specialist in family law said the newspaper violated the Family Code by publishing a personal case which should only involve the parties close to the case and no one else.

"I am surprised that the court did not reserve the file, especially seeing the position of the father, in this case the deputy José I. Blandón," she said.

Cortés said the court must order an investigation to know how this file ended up in the hands of the journalist. (Panama America)

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Several Reactions After Martinelli's Meeting With Navarro

PoliticsThe leader of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Anel Bolo Flores, is outraged because when he recently met with President Ricardo Martinelli he was strongly criticized, but now Juan Carlos Navarro met with him too and no one said anything.

Flores said Navarro’s justification did not convince him. He said it could’ve been a casual encounter, but the issue relies on him explaining this after the meeting was made public.

The independent presidential candidate Gerardo Solís has another opinion on the event. He said maybe Ricardo Martinelli set a ploy to seek an approach and try to make a peaceful transition, and this is healthy.

Both Navarro’s campaign and the government denied they made any sort of negotiation. (TVN)

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Fabrega Is Most Likely To Become The Mayor Of Panama

PoliticsIf the elections were today, the current deputy José Luis Fábrega would be the new Mayor of Panama.

28% of the interviewed citizens by the survey company Quantix Panama said they would vote for the candidate from the PRD; 16% said they would vote for José I. Blandón, and 15% would vote for Roxana Méndez from the Democratic Change Party (CD).

However, most of the interviewed citizens (33%) said they don’t know who they would vote for, or did not give an answer to Quantix. This situation could definitely change the results in the elections and would finally define who will be the Mayor of Panama.

The interview was applied to 362 residents from Panama and it has a 5.15% error rate.

The complete results will be published in the column “Pulso de la Nación” tomorrow. (Prensa)

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Adames Denies Being Friends With Salomón Shamah

PoliticsThe deputy from the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Crispiano Adames, said he has not spoken with the administrator of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), Salomón Shamah, who went before the National Assembly to explain the payment of one million dollars towards the webpage visitpanama.com

According to Adames, who requested quorum verification while the administrator was speaking before the deputies, said there were only 18 deputies in the Assembly, and 9 were from the opposition. “Minister Shamah knew he could speak before us unsupported, he was going to mock us and the citizens,” he said.

"There was absolutely nothing, not a single document for the deputies. He said nothing during those 4 hours,” said the deputy.

Regarding the criticism from the opposition, he said he is not interested in anything that the Panameñista Party has to say. (Panama America)

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Most Of The Citizens Reject The Idea Of Reelecting Martinelli

PoliticsPresident Ricardo Martinelli, the main figure of the Democratic Change, wouldn’t be reelected even if the Constitution allows it.

This was proved by the most recent survey organized by Quantix Panamá. 67% out of the 1,219 citizens interviewed between August 16 and August 19 said they wouldn’t reelect Martinelli, and 28% said they would.

The investigation has a 2.81% error rate and it was applied in the entire country.

After he received criticism for his imperial megalomania, Martinelli notarized his promise of not being reelected for the position on February of 2013, and said he will have more power when he leaves the Presidency in 2014.

The complete results of the survey will be published next Wednesday in “Pulso de la Nación.” (Prensa)

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"The Crazy People Are Going To A Madhouse In 2014" - Zulay Rodriguez

PoliticsThe lawyer Zulay Rodríguez, candidate running for deputy from the PRD, said only with a new government in 2014 they can make justice with the poor handling of State resources.

"We did do more in forty years than in these 4 years of robbery, corruption, graft and influence peddling,” she said.

She said the “saddest thing” is that the Public Ministry “does not want to investigate these millionaire contracts done through direct hiring” even though they have the ability to.

She said these contracts do not justify the 1 million dollars, or 2 million dollars invested because these web pages don’t go over 50 thousand dollars.

"These websites can’t possibly cost one million dollars, in fact Salo Shamah you should ask Rubén Blades, who actually brought tourism in Panama, he did get the ships to come to the ports in Colon, he did make the economy grow through tourism, you should ask him how much the website cost.”

The candidate of the PRD criticized the comments made by Ricardo Martinelli who said the PRD members are disoriented, talk nonsense, have to take Lomotil, are pseudo-businessmen and the women in the party were fat.

In this sense, she said the President politically persecutes businessmen such as Roberto Eisenmann, because they oppose to him, and the lawyer Ramón Ricardo Arias, who criticized the government, was warned that the general director of Income, Luis Cucalón, was going to be after him.

"Who is disoriented? No one tells me I’m crazy, he’s crazy and he has said it himself. As a matter of fact, when he said he was crazy that was the only truth he ever spoke in his political campaign, nothing else. We do believe he was right in that sense,” said the lawyer.

And she continued: “he is crazy because he’s made us be morally insane, we are in confrontation, and he’s got us close to the edge and wants us to be part of his insanity, but you can’t count on us Martinelli.”

The PRD member sent a message to President Martinelli, repeated by the PRD and the other members: “in 2014 the crazy ones are not going to the Presidency; in 2014 the crazy people are going to the madhouse.” (Estrella)

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The Popular Party Officially Approved The Alliance With The Panameñista Party

PoliticsWith 92% of the votes, the Popular Party approved on Sunday the Government alliance with the Panameñista Political Party, and this alliance is officially called: “The People First.”

The official approval was given after 600 delegates from the PP, who form the National Extraordinary Congress, went to vote for the motion. They obtained 436 votes in favor and 31 against.

Immediately after the approval, Juan Carlos Varela, presidential candidate of the Panameñismo Political Party, was announced as the representative of this alliance.

Milton Henríquez, president of the PP, said they expect to bring 15% of the votes for Varela in the General Elections in 2014. (Telemetro)

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"Burillo And Shamah Must Prove They've Done Nothing Wrong"

PoliticsThe leader from the Democratic Change (CD) Mariela Jiménez believes the Minister of the Authority of Small and Medium Enterprises (Ampyme), Giselle Burillo, and the administrator of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), Salomón Shamah, must “say and prove” they have done nothing wrong.

Jiménez gave her statement after both officials received strong criticism for poor handling of their institutions.

Burillo was questioned for contracts awarded by Ampyme, and Shamah for spending one million dollars on the website of the institution he leads to promote the country.

Jiménez said they must be investigated until the end, because the Panamanians need transparency in the country.

However, the leader believes there will always be issues of this kind for this type of situation, because the elections in 2014 are close and the opposition will always pull out “what is and what is not true.”

She asked the ministers to “do things right” because the CD is winning the elections and it depends on them if this continues to be this way. (Panama America)

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Arias Said The Alliance With The Molirena Party Is Strong

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Arias asked his members to be united, while he was touring Colon, where he met with his political peers and pre-candidates, according to what he published on Twitter.

In the meeting, Arias promised to start housing projects in Colon to finally give an answer to more than 3 thousand families.

He also said he promised to give the college scholarship for young people to study as well as guaranteeing equality in work and salary, whether they are men or women.

Last Saturday, August 17, the Political Committee of the Molirena, demanded the CD to give them the vice presidency position for the elections in 2014. (TVN)

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Francisco Denis Durán Does Not See Varela Or Navarro Winning The 2014 Elections

PoliticsFrancisco Denis Durán does not see Juan Carlos Navarro or Juan Carlos Varela winning the 2014 elections, simply because Democratic Change (CD) is a party that supports the people.

Denis Durán, who was the director of the former National Institute of Telecommunications (INTEL), Governor of Panama in the times of Marcos Robles and general manager of IBM in Panama, believes the government is strong enough to continue developing works for 5 more years.

The member of the CD believes the opposition lost its path and no one has the political capability of continuing developing programs and works like the current Government is doing.

Denis Durán was the president of the Liberal Party and hopes to become deputy for the circuit 8-8 in the ballot No. 4 of the CD, and the primary elections are on September 8. (Estrella)

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Martinelli Controls The Three Branches Of The Government

PoliticsThe “limited and separated” involvement of the three Branches of the Government, stated in the 2nd article of the Political Constitution, is not actually applied in real life.

This is the opinion of most of the interviewed people by Quantix Panamá. 78% believes the Assembly is not independent from the President, Ricardo Martinelli. Regarding the Supreme Court of Justice, 72% said the magistrates follow the requests of the President.

The interview, applied to 219 thousand adults from the nine provinces and three indigenous regions, between August 16 and August 19, has a 2.8% error rate.

From the Main Palace, Martinelli leads the country with the support of 42 deputies from his party, the Democratic Change Party (CD) and their ally, Molirena. When he became President on July 1, 2009, the CD only had 14 deputies at the Assembly. At the Gil Ponce Palace, five out of the nine magistrates are in their position thanks to the President, including Alejandro Moncada, president of the Supreme Court of Justice until December 31, 2013.

The complete results of the interview will be published in “Pulso de la Nación,” on Wednesday, August 28. (Prensa)

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Honorio Quesada Resigns The PRD

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This afternoon, The former presidential candidate, Honorio Quesada De Palacios, presented his voluntary resignation of the PRD.

According to the note, the resignation is starting on Monday August 19th, 2013, the note also said he resigned for "strictly nationalist motives."

Quesada De Palacios was facing internal disciplinary procedures for failing to follow the guidelines and statutes of the Party, by requesting a reform to the Electoral Code allowing immediate presidential re election and the removal of the residue for the delegate's election.

The PRD Attorney, Victor De Gracia, said "if he doesn't resign by Monday we will continue with the process and expel him anyways."(TVN)

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Mitchell Doens Talks About Possible Electoral Fraud

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Today, Mitchell Doens, former general secretary of the PRD, said President Ricardo Martinelli is "willing to develop an electoral fraud just to stay in power."

Therefore, he said the various opposition parties should explore a possible grand national alliance to "defeat" Martinelli.

Dones also questioned the direct contracts made by various institutions such as the Panama Tourism Authority and the Authority of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

He spoke about the internal conflicts of the PRD and it's alliance with Juan Carlos Navarro, whom he harshly criticized when he led the National Executive Committee (CEN).(La Prensa)

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Crispiano Adames Said He Will Not Give Any Explanation To The CEN In The PRD

Politics"I will not talk with the CEN, there are Organic Rules here (National Assembly), and I have not violated any provision from the Statutes of the PRD.”

This was the reaction of deputy Crispiano Adames, member of the PRD, who must answer questions before the National Executive Committee of the PRD for facilitating the closure of the session in which the administrator of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), Salomón “Salo” Shamah, was explaining the direct hiring of the company Pensanómica S.A., who received a total of one million dollars for designing and administrating the website visitpanama.com

Adames, despite he is being questioned by the Panameñismo deputies and his own party, shows no regrets.

"I will continue requesting quorum verification as many times as necessary and also if there aren’t enough members from the government party and its alliance,” said the politician, medical doctor by profession.

He said his position when he requested quorum verification while Shamah was explaining the contracts “is related to the guidelines of the Assembly” and he will insist in asking for quorum verification, because they were assigned by the Panamanian people to legislate and monitor the work at the Assembly, and the members of the government party “were absent.” (Estrella)

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Moscoso Says Martinelli Has Changed The Country

PoliticsThe former President of the Republic, Mireya Moscoso, said Martinelli has changed the country and her relationship with him is excellent.

According to her, the perception of the people is reflected in the works carried out by this government. However, she mentioned other accomplishments made by the government of Arnulfo Arias Madrid such as allowing women to vote, among others.

However, she said she could not carry out that many projects during her administration due to a lack of budget.

She said the support needed by the President of the Panameñista Political Party is the unification of the members of the group, and she then said Varela must say what he will offer to the country. “It is not easy getting to the presidential chair,” she said.

The former President also said the three candidates for the Presidency of the Republic must see how they will pay the debts and what projects they will do if they are chosen for the position.

Regarding her meeting with the President of the Panameñista Party, Juan Carlos Varela, on August 10, she said they only danced, they didn’t talk about politics.

“That very day he called me at night and said he doesn’t want any intermediaries between him and me and he said he wanted to talk with me in person; he was supposed to call me back but he hasn’t done it yet” said Moscoso.

Moscoso didn’t say anything about deputies being involved in drug trafficking. (TVN)

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Magistrate Criticizes Campaigns From Different Politicians

PoliticsThe magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal (TE), Erasmo Pinilla, criticized the use of funds for using experts in dirty campaigns used by politicians.

According to Pinilla, “the excessive use of money or handouts is aimed to purchase the conscience of the electors.” He also said politics have turned into an exclusive activity for those who have a lot of money and this breaks equity, one of the main elements in democracy.

The magistrate said there is no political moral and said money from drug trafficking is being used.

In several occasions the Security Minister José Raúl Mulino has stated through different means of communication that drug trafficking has infiltrated in politics. Pinilla’s statements were given during the celebration of the foundation of Parita in Herrera. (Siglo)

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Internal Struggles In The Popular Party

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The internal struggles in the Popular Party are becoming stronger, now its vice president, Aníbal Culiolis, announced the group will be supporting the candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro instead of Juan Carlos Varela from the Panamanian Party, who has been in talks with Milton Henriquez, president of the PP.

Culiolis said they will support the proposal that has "real defense of the democracy and seeks to improve the lives of Panamanians" and in his opinion, Navarro's proposal are the ones that have these characteristics.

Culiolis said "we cannot demand party discipline when the PP is no longer democratic" on the decisions of the President of his party, who supports Varela.(Mi Diario)

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Bosco Vallarino Said He Might Work In Politics Again In 2014

PoliticsThe former Mayor of Panama, Bosco Vallarino, reappeared on Thursday afternoon after being out of the spotlight for a while, during the activities at Old Panama for its 494 years of foundation..

Vallarino said he might return to politics after resigning from the City Government of Panama due to health complications back in January 2012.

"I am not ruling out the possibility of serving my country, with innovative ideas and with a little bit more experience in politics.”

The former Mayor of the city said he will support whoever he believes is doing a good job and then he will work with them and even said that with 82 million dollars he could even collect the trash all the way to San Jose in Costa Rica.

He said this regarding the complaints of the citizens, because even though the budget of this institution has significantly increased, garbage collection is still an issue. (Telemetro)

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Jose Luis Varela Denies Rumors On Alliance With The PRD

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The Panamanian party deputy, Jose Luis Varela, said there is zero possibility of an alliance between his group and the PRD for the 2014 elections.

According to Varela, the group does not hold alliance negotiations with the PRD nor with CD, but he didn't rule out the possibility of talks on specific topics such as changes in the existing laws, the creation of a constituent, reforms to the Supreme Court of Justice or hiring of audits.

Varela said "With the other parties we can discuss issues of the country, but not election issues. We cannot unite to defeat a person or a government, the parties are connected by principles and projects for the benefit of the country."(Panama America)

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The Suntracs Will Name Their Own Candidate To Run For President Of The FAD

PoliticsThe leader of the Union of Construction Workers, Saúl Méndez, announced the Suntracs will name one candidate for the primaries of the Broad Front for Democracy (FAD), which will be held between October and November, to have their own presidential candidate.

Méndez said the Suntracs decided to appoint someone from their union for the presidential primaries during a national council held a month ago.

However, he said anyone from the FAD can run for president in the primaries because they are formed by people and not by organizations.

During the interview in Noticias AM, Méndez made it clear that the FAD is not the same thing as the Front for the Defense of Democracy (FAP).

The FAD celebrated their Constituent Congress on Sunday in which they confirmed their name, approved their flag, logo, statement of principles, statute and government program, which is a requirement for their recognition as a political party.

Méndez said the FAD proposes a new economical model to represent most of the people and give them answers regarding salary, transportation, education and health, because he believes the current model makes life very expensive.

This is a popular strength growing in the country and establishing a different parameter, said Méndez, and said the FAD might not have millions of dollars as the other traditional parties or their electoral machinery, but they do have the people.

As a slogan, the FAD says “hope is born.” (TVN)

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Jose Luis Fabrega Is Still The Preferred Mayoral Candidate

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The poll made by Dichter & Neira indicates that 30% of Panamanians would vote for the candidate for mayor of the PRD, José Luis Fabrega.

A 17% would vote for the candidate for mayor, Roxana Mendez, who is looking forward to be reelected.

While 14% would vote for the mayoral candidate for the Panamanian party, Jose Isabel Blandon.

Last month, Fabrega showed an approval of 25%, going 5% up in this month.

Mendez scored 9% on last month, going 8% up.

Last month Blandon had an 8%, going 6% up in this month in the respondent's preference.(TVN)

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Gerardo Solis Became The First Independent Candidate For The Presidency

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The former magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal, Gerardo Solis, managed to complete the number of signatures required by the law to run as an independent candidate for President of the Republic in the upcoming May 2014 elections.

Solis become the first independent candidate for the presidency by presenting over 20 thousand signatures on Friday to the Electoral Tribunal.

The former magistrate collected the signatures in about a month and a half, receiving support in the province of Colon and the districts of Arraiján, San Miguelito and La Chorrera.

According to Solis, getting the signatures was difficult but not impossible, he also acknowledged that one of the people who inspired him to take the challenge was the commentator Juan Carlos Tapia, who once had the same aspirations, but desisted.(Mi Diario)

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Jose Domingo Arias Is Now The Preferred Presidential Candidate

PoliticsThe presidential candidate from Democratic Change (CD), José Domingo Arias, went up in the survey from Dichter and Neira with 33%, going over the PRD candidate Juan Carlos Navarro who has 27% and the candidate from the Panameñista Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, with 24%.

The survey prepared by Omega Stereo and TVN reveals that Arias went up three points as well as Varela, but Navarro went down in a 4%.

The survey also reveals that Ricardo Martinelli’s administration is accepted in a 65% and went up in a 2% compared to last month’s survey. (Critica)

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Mena: The Government Will Not Discourage Me

PoliticsThe former union leader Mariano Mena said he will not be discouraged by the current administration, after the complaint filed against him.

“I will continue fighting so my country does not fall into another dictatorship… if these criminals think they will intimidate me with the complaint they filed against me they are crazy… They will not shut me down,” he said.

Mena says the current administration of President Ricardo Martinelli is a civilian dictatorship, and he accused it of revealing against the citizens. He explained his government caused the violent demonstrations in Bocas del Toro and Colon, where many people died and resulted injured from the protests.

The former leader gave this statement after the vice minister of Trade and Industries, Luis Camacho, said he filed a complaint against Mena for the advocacy of the crime of irresponsibly calling on violence, allegedly made by Mena.

However, Mena refused he ever said the phrase: “We will have to move forward at gunpoint, we won’t have any other option,” during the meeting of the Broad Front for Democracy, led by the opposition and leaders of the civil society last week.

Mena said he is not “afraid of going to prison,” because if he was not afraid during the dictatorship, he will definitely not be afraid now. (Prensa)

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Varela Participates In The National Extraordinary Directory Of The Partido Popular

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Members of the Partido Popular held their National Extraordinary Directory, where the presidential candidate for the Panamanian Party, Juan Carlos Varela, also attended.

The event took place in the province of Cocle, and issues such as the Government's Plan for the Alliance "People First", where it established the guidelines to govern in 2014, were addressed.

Varela expressed satisfaction with the activity and said "the guidelines of the partnership will be based on social justice, equity and the common good."(Telemetro)

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Jose Domingo Arias Went On A Tour In Herrera And Cocle

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The presidential candidate for Cambio Democratico, José Domingo Arias, held a tour in the provinces of Herrera and Cocle in the company of several board members and the committee of the political party.

Before dozens of party members who gathered in the Jardín Monagrillo in Herrera and the Coeduco R.L event hall in Cocle, Arias reiterated his commitment to continue with the changes.

As part of his government plan, he talked about the expansion of the jumbo stores, to raise the universal scholarship to a college scholarship, and to establish from day one of his administration the "Tu tierra en la mano" program.(Translated to: "Your Land in Your Hands")

Delegates Manuel Cohen, Mario Miller, José María Herrera, Dana Castañeda, Raúl Hernández, among other CD and MOLIRENA activists were also joining the presidential candidate.(Panama America)

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The CD Uploaded A Picture Showing Navarro And Mena Holding Weapons

PoliticsThe Democratic Change Party (CD), led by Ricardo Martinelli, continued talking about an alleged conspiracy from the FAD Party about using weapons in the 2014 elections, but this time through the social networks.

In Facebook, the group uploaded a picture with the face of the union leader Mariano Mena; the secretary general of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro and Milton Henríquez, president of the Popular Pary.

Underneath the picture, their names are written and the title says: “We need to move forward in the elections at gunpoint.”

The CD sent a message through Facebook with the picture of Mena, Navarro and Henríquez that said: "Panamanians, get to know the leaders who are talking about killing people during the 2014 elections.”

Also, in Facebook and Twitter, the “Picture of the Day” from the government party showed a picture of Mena and Navarro, smiling, holding photo shopped weapons in their hands and another one on the table.

"We will shoot bullets in the 2014 elections,” said the message.

They were also talking about the political parties supporting the meeting from August 7 of the FAD and leaders of the civil society, by saying “these are potential threats of Mariano Mena of opening fire” during the 2014 elections.

Mena’s words, which according to him were misunderstood, were: “We are going to face an electoral process in which we will have to move forward at gunpoint, we won’t have any other option.” (Estrella)

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Torrijos Said He Doesn't Want To Stop The Panama Bay Clean Up Project

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The former President Martín Torrijos refused to have ever wanted to stop the project to clean up the Bay of Panama.

Torrijos said that how would he want to cancel a project that waited 30 years for its funding, when his government was the one who started it.

The comments were made by Torrijos after the current President Ricardo Martinelli, said today that Torrijos wanted to stop the project and he had to stop him.

According to President Martinelli, the director of IDAAN at the moment, Juan Antonio Ducreaux, backed him up.

Martinelli made ​​the remark when he inaugurated the wastewater treatment plant, in the village of Juan Diaz, this is the most important component of the project to clean up the Bay.(TVN)

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Ferrufino Talks About Politics And His State Of Health

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Social Development Minister Guillermo Ferrufino said today "Roxana Mendez has to do her work and wishes good luck in her aspirations to stay in the City Hall."

Although he said he will support all the candidates, the Minister Ferrufino said he will support José Muñoz in everything.

Ferrufino said Muñoz was nominated for delegate and does not know if he will be nominated for Mayor.

The MIDES leader also expressed he has a good state of health at the moment, after suffering a crisis due to high blood pressure and stress.

He reiterated he received three evaluations in which the doctors advised him to rest, he also stated that he has always put his principles and values ​​ahead for his children who need him and by helping all of his partners in politics.(Mi Diario)

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New Ombudsman Position Is Already Being Discussed

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Juan Carlos Tapia, Balbina Herrera and Pedrito Altamiranda, consider they should be have the position of Ombudsman, after the removal of Patria Portugal.

A survey expressed the way may Panamanians feel about the former Ombudsman, some even wrote that the best thing was to remove this person from the country's institutional group.

Delmis De Gracia, stated "the person with the Ombudsman position should know Human Rights, be willing to help others, recruit new staff, dismiss any staff member who haven't done anything productive so far since the past years, to have character and to not be manipulable."(La Critica)

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