Tuesday, April 03 2012 @ 11:13 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Navarro's group pulled out their spurs and denounced the incident. The Second Sub Secretary of the PRD's National Executive Committee, Leandro Avila, sent a letter on Sunday to the President of the Elections Commission of the Party, Rodolfo Stanziola, to warn him that if this anomaly is proven it "would constitute a serious breach of the purity and transparency of the electoral process of the party." Avila, who is a Deputy in the National Assembly, called for a thorough investigation to be started "urgently and immediately." Avila even said wants an investigation to determine if any of the current members of CEN or other party structures, have used party funds, equipment, party events paid for with party funds or other resources from the party, in order to present or promote their candidacy.
But the CEN of the PRD, led by its current Secretary General Mitchell Doens, launched a barrage of criticism and accusations at Deputy Avila. At a press conference Doens said Avila is leading a "nice" opposition against the President of the Republic Ricardo Martinelli, and even called him a "traitor." In addition, the PRD General Secretary said he has proof that Avila chats with Martinelli, and additionally he receives bags of food from the government to distribute during his political activities. Doens, along with Joaquin Vasquez, the Fifth Sub Secretary of the CEN, said after Avila supported Martinelli in the National Assembly, the following day a 40 foot shipping container appeared in San Miguelito, full of bags of food.
And Avila launched an onslaught against Doens during a press conference held by the PRD caucus in the National Assembly, where he threw darts against his fellow party member. Avila accused Doens of having "passionate hatred" of him, and of not being impartial because he sent a "respectful letter" to the President of the Commission on Elections of the PRD, and Doens responded.
And that was not all. The deputy, in the period of incidence in the Assembly, said Doens has fallen to the bottom. "Mitchell Doens is hurting the PRD and he must leave the party," he lambasted.
The war is not new. Doens and Avila had another confrontation in July 2011 over the election of the president of the National Assembly, during which the PRD Deputies were accused of supporting the ruling party (CD). There is a serious accusation that Doens received $25,000 from the Assembly.
The friction is getting stronger now that Avila is in Navarro's group together with the National Assembly Deputies Benicio Robinson and Rogelio Paredes. Navarro and Doens both want to be the next General Secretary of the PRD, the highest executive position of this group, which brings together a mass of 485,686 registered members. From the Meeting for Unity, "A New PRD for a New Panama", held by Navarro at the Roberto Duran Arena on Sunday, 25 March 2011, unity becomes more distant as the winter breezes carry it away. (Estrella)