Thursday, August 16 2012 @ 09:12 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
José Miguel Alemán also recalled that in late 2004 and in 2005 thousands of Panameñistas most of them poor - were fired from their positions in the government (when the PRD took over), and there were 126 cases opened in the offices of the Comptroller and the Public Ministry against party members. He also said at no time did Juan Carlos Varela raise his voice in defense of their party members. For Alemán this was "strange" and therefore he strongly rejects, now that Varela is raising his voice in defense of those people who were responsible for this persecution, such as the former President Martin Torrijos.
José Miguel Alemán also called on the party leadership to reconsider the internal party election rules which were implemented without consultation, delivered in the dark of night, and shamefully endorsed by the Electoral Tribunal in violation of the rules stipulating that such changes must be made at least one year before the electoral process begins.
José Miguel Alemán also presented - on behalf of the Arias Foundation - three proposed bills: one that sets the rules and regulations controlling the prices basic food items; a project that provides the "lowest price" as a general rule of public procurement; and another to submit to tender concessions for the exploration and production of marine and continental sand, stone, rough or other nonmetallic minerals located on state lands. (Critica)
Editor's Comment: José Miguel Alemán was hand-picked by Mireya Moscoso to be her successor, and he ran as a presidential candidate in the 2004 elections. He got stomped - came in third and only got about 16% of the vote - mostly because the administration of Mireya Moscoso was one of the most corrupt governments in the history of the Republic. Not only did the Panamanian people "reject" the idea of five more years of the same crap, they were practically ready to tar and feather the whole gang. So they gave the PRD another chance and elected Martin Torrijos (2004 - 2009). Those guys turned out to be just as bad as the Panameñistas, more rampant corruption. Desperately looking for an alternative that's not completely screwed up, they went with the "Loco" Ricardo Martinelli as a third party candidate. Juan Carlos Varela was part of the effort to bring the Panameñista party back from the edge of ruin (thanks to Mireya Moscoso), but then he turned out to be just as corrupt as the rest of them (Lavitola and other scandals), so Martinelli fired him. Desperate to remain as a viable option in 2014, Varela has now turned, dropped to his knees, and started fumbling with the PRD's belt and zipper - trying to do something, anything, to get back into the fight. What you are witnessing now with the counter attacks being launched by Mireya Moscoso and her faithful lieutenant José Miguel Alemán are a flanking maneuver, designed to take control of the party back from Juan Carlos Varela. They will kick him out, reform an alliance with the CD, and march happily towards the election in 2014. That's the plan, anyway. Does anyone have any questions?