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Torrijos Says The Government Has Infiltrated The Opposition

PoliticsThe former President Martin Torrijos said we must recognize that all political parties in Panama are having a crisis, being caused by government interests. He said the government has been in charge of the opposition forces, so he is not surprised that the proposed electoral reforms seek to benefit the deputies who defected to the CD from other political parties.

During an interview on the channel 2 TVN morning news, Torrijos said it has been an aspiration of civil society to allow for independent candidates to run for the position of President of the Republic, but it should not be allowed as a strategy to weaken and divide the opposition, to allow the (CD) government candidate to win the election. According to the president, in a contest where there are five candidates, it's possible that one candidate can win with just 20% of the vote.

The PRD's Situation - Torrijos said the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) is not having a problem of unity, but rather a problem of identity. He said those who want to aspire to elected office should not hold a position within the group, so that what happened during his administration does not happen again. "This is not a question of 'it's my turn.' When the party just thinks of itself and not in the society we lose the objective. We cannot win alone, we need the rest of society that believes in the project," he said.

CEMIS Case - Torrijos said the CEMIS case is political because they are using justice as a political instrument in reopening the case. He said his rights have been violated because he was called to trial without him having made a statement in the case. Torrijos said the creation of the CEMIS occurred during the government of Mireya Moscoso.

Moreover, he clarified that he does not have an alliance with the Vice President, Juan Carlos Varela. "I met with Varela in the same way as I can meet with anyone else from the civil society," he said. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: First of all, the reason for this appearance by Torrijos was to attempt to shore up the "TOCOMA" side in the internal PRD elections. Juan Carlos Navarro and his "Blue Tide" side is winning most of the smaller local internal party elections, leading up to their big convention to be held on 26 August 2012. At that election it looks like Navarro is going to be elected as the next General Secretary of the PRD, and from there he will run in a party primary to be nominated as the party's official presidential candidate. In this television appearance Torrijos is saying that the Secretary General of the party should not run for office. An amazing statement, because Navarro is repeating exactly the same path taken by Martin Torrijos - first win control of the National Executive Committee (CEN) and then become the party's candidate. Torrijos supports the other side in this internal fight, which is losing to Navarro. One of their primary arguments is that supposedly Navarro is working either with or for Ricardo Martinelli. Hence, the headline.

With regards to the electoral reforms, the CD wants to revoke the changes made by the PRD while they were in power, which currently tilt the elections in their favor. Of course anyone in the PRD is going to be opposed to these reforms, because they want to keep their unnatural advantage. It's no surprise to hear Torrijos speaking out against the proposed reforms.

With regards to independent candidates, Torrijos knows exactly what's going to happen. There will be candidates popping up from the extreme left wing fringe elements that will take votes away from the PRD, which will weaken their chances of winning. Now, if there were a second round of voting then this problem would go away. You could have the first round with ten candidates, and then a run off between the two who received the most votes. But the PRD opposed that reform. Maybe they would like to change their minds now? The PRD is in a dilemma because the only way they can win is if the non-PRD votes are split. The PRD can only muster about 35% to 40% or so. When the CD joined forces with the Panameñistas they won with about 60% of the vote. Now going into 2014 the Panameñistas are greatly weakened, the MOLIRENA is greatly strengthened and will be in an alliance with the CD. That leaves the PRD all alone with the very weak Popular Party in a three dog race. And in that formula, the PRD comes in second. Their chances are even weaker if the field is opened up to two or three independents. The CD wants to have independent candidates, because they know a guy like Saul Mendez would take votes away from the PRD, and a guy like Juan Carlos Tapia would take votes away from the Panameñistas.

About the CEMIS case, defense lawyers representing Martin Torrijos have submitted about seven different motions in order to try to slow down the process in this case. He has not been called to testify, because his lawyers have done everything in their power to keep that from happening. So now on this television interview Torrijos laments about how he is being called to trial, without having been given the chance to make a statement or give his version of events. And, he said it with a straight face. And, Castalia Pascual didn't hit him with a massive "WTF?" in the middle of the interview. I would have stopped him cold and bounced him on the facts of the case and history. He buried the CEMIS case for five years while he was in office, and it only came back to the courts after the PRD left office. The fact of the matter is - the evidence seems to indicate strongly that PRD lawmakers were paid bribes to vote in favor of the project, and the person who ran the whole show was Martin Torrijos - this; according to the prosecutor's opinion as filed in the Supreme Court.

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Electoral Tribunal Judge Continues To Run His Mouth, About Himself, and Says He's Not Vain

PoliticsNext 14 November 2012 is the end of the term in office of the President of the Electoral Tribunal Gerardo Solis. He has once again said he has no intentions of trying to remain on the Court, and therefore he has not submitted his papers to be considered for the position by the Supreme Court. According to Solis, he has every right to present his papers, but he will not, despite the fact that he thinks he has done a good job as a judge on the Electoral Tribunal.

Solis also said he has no intentions to run for any political office. He said he is not vain enough for that.

El Bebedero - Solis said the decision to call for new elections in the township of El Bebedero is history. He explained on the RPC program Face to Face that there have been other decisions to annul elections in the past. But he said the verdict is of a particular special safeguard of two fundamental principles: freedom of the vote, and state resources cannot be used to favor one candidate over another. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: Solis would love to stay on the Electoral Tribunal, but he also knows there's no way in hell the Supreme Court would reappoint him for another term, under any circumstances. Today the Electoral Tribunal is completely and totally biased in favor of the PRD - and that's a shame. They have lost all credibility. And, they are also the last bastion of political power not controlled by the Cambio Democratico political party. But whatever. Solis is effectively gone in about three months. Good riddance. Of course he's relatively young, so I'm sure he will keep coming back like a bad burrito for a long time.

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Electoral Tribunal Decides In Favor Of PRD in El Bebedero Case (No Surprise There)

PoliticsThe President of the Electoral Tribunal Gerardo Solis announced they have ordered new elections to be held to choose the Representative for the District of El Bebedero, in Tonosí, province of Los Santos. Solis, who delivered the unanimous judgment on behalf of the three judges of the Electoral Tribunal, said the use of state resources was demonstrated, both directly and indirectly, to favor Cureña Nidia, the candidate for the Democratic Change political party. Solis said there was "corruption disguised as supposed social assistance." He said among the evidence they found was that there were donations of building materials and appliances to the residents of the village.

The Reaction of Nidia Cureña - Meanwhile, the Democratic Change party candidate, Nidia Cureña, said the Electoral Court judges made a decision based on politics, and not on the law. Cureña reaffirmed she would participate in the elections again, because she is sure she can count on the votes of the residents in El Bebedero. Inside of the room where the hearing was being held, one could hear shouts of "fraud, fraud" coming from supporters of Cureña. The Electoral Tribunal annulled the election held last 4 December 2011, giving the final verdict for the annulment of the elections in the case filed by members of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD).

Editor's Comment: No surprise there, whatsoever. The Electoral Tribunal is 100% in the back pocket of the PRD, so of course this decision was going to go in favor of the PRD. Now the CD (Ricardo Martinelli) will of course work very hard to take over the Electoral Tribunal, and they will use this exact same trick against the PRD forever more. Politicians in Panama hand out stuff. Bags of food. Building materials, whatever. That's the way it's done. Now, you're going to tell me the Electoral Tribunal is going to make that stop? Please, don't insult my intelligence. This is yet another case of "selective enforcement" - and the Electoral Tribunal simply decided to find some grease behind the stove. It's always there if you go looking for it, right? Sort of like that.

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José Miguel Alemán Rejects PRD - Panameñista Alliance

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José Miguel Alemán - Former Presidential Candidate and Panameñista Politician
José Miguel Alemán - Former Presidential Candidate and Panameñista Politician
The former presidential candidate José Miguel Alemán said out of respect for the memory of Dr. Arnulfo Arias, the family members, followers, those who were exiled, those who were tortured, and those who were killed - the Panameñista party categorically rejects the efforts being made by the current party president Juan Carlos Varela to form an alliance with the PRD. During a speech given before the monument to Dr. Arias in Amador, as part of the events to commemorate the anniversary of his death, Alemán branded a possible political alliance between Varela and the PRD as shameful and unfair, and he asked the members of the Panameñista party to set off their alarm bells.

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?

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Electoral Court Judges Are Ceasing To Be Referees - Becoming Part Of The Process

PoliticsThe State Communications Secretary Luis Eduardo Camacho said the judges of the Electoral Court are ceasing to be referees, and they are becoming part of the process. "It's no secret that for some years, there has been an inclination of judges of the Electoral Tribunal in favor of opposition parties," he said. The official said what happens in the village of El Bebedero is proof of what he says, comparing this case with what happened with the former Deputy Haydée Milanés de Lay. Camacho said the judges of the Electoral Court want to strip the election victory from the candidate from the Cambio Democratico party, Nidia Cureña, in order to force another election. Camacho said he is confident the inhabitants of El Bebedero will reject any decision that does not support Cureña.

Electoral Reforms - Camacho said he now, he does not understand why the Judges of the Electoral Court are not in favor of eliminating the "voto en plancha" (sheet vote), when they were the ones who requested this change in the first place. Camacho said the CD does not have any problem with debating the proposed changes to the Electoral Code. According to Camacho, the "voto en plancha" (sheet vote) promotes voting for a political party, rather than an individual candidate. "We as a political party are prepared to face adverse situations," he added. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Yup. Camacho is right. The Judges of the Electoral Tribunal are only supposed to be there in order to break a tie in case of a conflict. However, currently the three judges on the Electoral Court are very strongly biased, and their actions and decisions always go in favor of the PRD political party and against the Cambio Democratico. They have made themselves part of the discussion and the process, and that is just flat out wrong. In short, they should shut the hell up. Who elected those guys, anyway? They are appointed, and the people who appointed them have been tossed out of office, by the votes of the people. It is just flat out wrong that these three guys are now actively influencing and manipulating the process. Wrong. Bad. Screwed up. Chocolate cheese...

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We Don't Want To Mix Constitutional Reforms With Politics - Henriquez

PoliticsThis morning, Thursday, 16 August 2012, the Minister of the Presidency Roberto Henriquez said "we fear the proposed constitutional reforms will be mixed with politics," when discussing the governments decision to not proceed with the proposed amendments to the Constitution at this time. The proposed amendments were formulated by a special commission. Henriquez said they don't want the public to think these proposed reforms are coming from this government administration. He said, like it or not, the country is in an election campaign. Therefore, the Government has decided to "not harm" the constitutional reforms by pushing for them strongly, he said on Telemetro Report. Henriquez said they have asked the members of the commission to go out and build consensus for the reforms.

ELECTORAL REFORMS - The Minister of the Presidency also spoke about a package of electoral reforms presented by the Cambio Democratico caucus in the National Assembly. Henriquez said he has recommended to the Deputy Dana Castañeda, the President of the Legislative Commission of Government, to have a wide dialog on this topic. The opportunity should be given for discussion, the official said. Although political sectors and civil society have called for Bill 508 to be filed, the Legislative Commission of Government today will begin the consultation process for this proposal. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: There are basically five primary changes the CD wants to make to the Electoral Code. These changes undo or take apart some unfair advantages that the PRD put in while they were in charge of the government. The changes the CD wants to make will create a more fair and democratic process. Those who oppose the changes - who want to keep things the way they are - are in the PRD. As for the proposed constitutional reforms, it's a dead issue for now. They won't be going forward until maybe sometime after 2014.

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Varela Criticizes Meeting Between Martinelli and Moscoso

PoliticsDuring the inscription of the humorist Juan Bravo in the Panameñista political party, the Vice President and President of the Panameñista party Juan Carlos Varela, questioned that there was an alleged meeting between the former President Mireya Moscoso and President Ricardo Martinelli yesterday evening. According to Varela, if this meeting occurred it calls much attention, at a time when there are many criticisms of the government for imposing its will, and for not providing answers to the problems facing the country. Varela called on the government to file the draft amendments to the Electoral Code to return tranquility to the country. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: Mireya Moscoso is trying to negotiate the same kind of a deal that Varela negotiated with Martinelli back in December 2008. In other words, to reform the alliance between the Panameñista party and the Cambio Democratico, but leaving Juan Carlos Varela as an individual, behind. It's not a bad play, actually. The Panameñista party as it stands now has zero chance of winning the election outright in May 2014. There's also no chance of them forming any kind of an alliance with the PRD. The Panameñistas who have a clue are leaving the party and joining either the CD or MOLIRENA, to improve their chances in 2014. Right now it looks like the election in 2014 is going to be a two horse race between the PRD and the CD, with the Panameñistas as "also ran" but insignificant, in terms of the results. So, Moscoso is trying to find a way to deliver whatever she can to Martinelli, and to get what she can for it. Meanwhile, Varela's star continues to sink below the horizon.

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Martinelli Makes Changes In His Executive Cabinet

PoliticsThe president, Ricardo Martinelli, made an adjustment to his administration. He appointed two new ministers, rotated one, and appointed a deputy minister. He makes these movements a little less than two years before the end of his administration. Martinelli appointed the current Director of Medical Services at the CSS Javier Diaz to replace Franklin Vergara, who resigned as the Minister of Health. Diaz was in front of the CSS during the crisis of the contamination with the antibiotic resistant KPC bacteria at the Metropolitan Hospital Complex last year. Recently Diaz said he would be willing to assume the post of health minister if the president offered it to him.

Meanwhile, the current Deputy Minister of Housing and Land Management, Jaime Ford, will replace the Minister of Public Works, Federico José Suárez. Ford, who has a Masters in Business Administration, was CEO of Optimus Real Estate (2007), worked at the Compañía Internacional de Seguros S.A. (2004-2007) and worked in the Office of Business Development of Panama in Beijing (2003 - 2004).

Martinelli also confirmed yesterday that the Minister of Canal Affairs Romulo Roux will be the new Chancellor, replacing Roberto Henriquez who took office on 16 July, as the Minister of the Presidency. The vacancy left by Roux will be occupied by Roberto Roy, the secretary of the Panama Metro, which will continue in that office.

The Presidency reported that Javier Diaz, Romulo Roux, Jaime Ford and Roberto Roy will assume their new roles on Monday August 20. Sigrid Barragan, current secretary general of the Environmental Authority, will take over as deputy minister of the presidency tomorrow, Thursday 16, replacing Maria Fabrega, who leaves office Wednesday. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Suárez has been coming under fire lately for some sweetheart deals, so he had to go. Papadimitriu got caught stealing land through the ANATI, so he had to go. Varela got caught up in the Lavitola scandal, so he had to go. The lower level officials who got caught in corruption scandals, such as the former Director of Immigration, not only got fired, but now they are facing criminal charges. In some cases, like the former Health Minister Franklin Vergara, he wanted out so he could be free to run his political campaign. We're now less than 24 months away from the next election, so the more ambitious politicians who want to run for an office in the 2014 elections will have to quit, because they can't campaign during working hours while they are still part of the government.

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Martinelli's Wife As CD Presidential Candidate?

Politics During the next government administration (2014 - 2019) there will be "a whole lot" of money. So said president Ricardo Martinelli this morning. The president dismissed talk of debt, and said the next administration will be privileged, and will have a lot of money to spend. With regard to the person who might follow him in office, Martinelli said it was a little scary because the presidential candidates have no idea about how to manage the state.

Also about his relationship with the former President Mireya Moscoso, Martinelli said it is good, and that she would be a good candidate in the elections, but that he would not vote for her because she's not in the Democratic Change political party. The same as Moscoso, Martinelli said his wife Marta Linares de Martinelli would be a great candidate. (Dia a Dia)

Editor's Comment: Warning Order! Trial Balloon In View. Direction - 180 degrees. Range - 850 Meters. Altitude - 150 feet and rising slowly, just clearing the tree tops. Description: Shaped Like A Really Bad Idea. Fire At Will!!! Marta Linares de Martinelli as a replacement for her husband? Chortle, chortle. Chuckle. Giggle. Really? The current presidential candidates are "a little scary" because they have no idea about how to run the country, but Martinelli's wife would make a fine replacement? And this line was delivered with a straight face? And none of the journalists present followed up with a question like "are you friggin' serious?" Wow. Amazing. Well, why not. Marta is probably 1,000% smarter than Mireya Moscoso, so give it a whirl. Oh, wait. Isn't she supposed to wait until her husband croaks before running? I thought that was a rule...

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Martinelli Announces Cabinet Changes

Politics"I think I have to make some changes in the Cabinet". Thus, the president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli confirmed on Tuesday, August 14, that he will be making some changes in his team. According to Martinelli, these changes will be made "between now and the end of the year." This would be a "total change" he announced. So, Roberto Roy, the Secretariat of the Panama Metro, will become the Minister for Canal Affairs. Romulo Roux, who held that position, will be the new Foreign Minister, said Martinelli. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Martinelli had to name a new Foreign Minister. All of these changes are "trickle down" effects stemming from the resignation of the former Minister of the Presidency Jimmy Papadimitriu, who was forced to resign over the Juan Hombron scandal. Here's your new score card;

  • Roberto Henriquez - Was: Foreign Minister. Now: Minister of the Presidency.
  • Romelo Roux - Was: Minister of Canal Affairs. Now: Foreign Minister.
  • Roberto Roy- Was: Secretariat of the Metro. Now: Minister of Canal Affairs.
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    Preparing To Reform The Electoral Code

    PoliticsThe National Assembly Deputy Dana Castañeda lamented the criticism launched by the Electoral Tribunal Judge Erasmo Pinilla, against the proposal by caucus of the Democratic Change political party to make amendments to the Electoral Code. Castañeda, who is President of the Government Commission of the National Assembly, said it appears the opinions held by Justice Pinilla with respect to the CD's proposal are personal attacks, and not the official position of the institution. She said Pinilla maintains an attitude of "divide and rule" with regard to the initiative without knowing them thoroughly, and without even giving a chance to start the analysis and discussion. She said that starting from next Thursday they will begin public consultations with citizens, civil society organizations, and all interested persons so they can cast their opinions about the proposed amendments to the Electoral Code. She said "the issue will be widely discussed." Deputy Abraham Martinez, a member of the CD political party and the Vice President of the National Assembly, last week unveiled a proposal to amend the Electoral Code that contains topics such as the elimination of the "sheet" vote, regulation of independent candidates for President of the Republic, time of election campaigns, and others. (Critica)

    Editor's Comment: Most of these reforms would make the election process more fair, and would remove artificial advantages put in place by the PRD when they were in charge. That's why the Electoral Tribunal is against the reforms, because they are PRD lap dogs. It's amazing to watch. I've never seen such outright favoritism from a group of three judges who are supposed to be neutral. They all practically have friggin' PRD tattoos on their foreheads. They all should shut the fuck up on this issue. Really. Since when do judges tell the lawmakers what laws they should make. It's ridiculous.

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    Juan Carlos Varela Says He's Not Threatened By Mireya Moscoso

    PoliticsThe President of the Panameñista political party, Juan Carlos Varela, said he sees no threat to his presidential candidacy if he has to compete in the party primaries against the former president Mireya Moscoso. "For me, the greatest threats are the uncertainty that exist in neighborhoods, the high cost of living, lack of opportunity and social inequality," said Varela. Moscoso must decide this week if she will participate in the primary elections of the Panameñista political party, scheduled for March 2013. (Prensa)

    Editor's Comment: Varela doesn't see the threat? That's an understatement, if there ever was one. I really can't decide which of these two - Varela and Moscoso - is the more disillusioned. First of all, it's widely rumored that Moscoso was convinced to run in a primary election against Varela, simply to weaken his candidacy. If she were to win a party primary, she would promise to reinstate an alliance with the Cambio Democratico party. There are a great many people in the Panameñista party who are completely and totally disenfranchised with the whole Juan Carlos Varela theme. While I personally think Mireya Moscoso was one of the most corrupt politicians in Panamanian history, she actually might stand a pretty good chance of defeating Juan Carlos Varela in a primary.

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    CD Denounces Favoritism in El Bebedero Hearing

    PoliticsThe attorney for the challenged Representative Nidia Cureña, who won the elections in December 2011 in the village of El Bebedero in the district of Tonosí, province of Los Santos, reported partiality (favoritism) on the part of the President of the Electoral Tribunal, Gerardo Solis, who is chairing the hearing. Hernan Garcia, who is Cureña's legal representative, said the questions that are being made during the visual inspection of residents of the different houses of the community to verify the donations received, according to Garcia affect a response. The visual inspection was performed to analyze the houses that received the donations, in what condition, and from whom. The lawyer Jose Gondola, who is representing the applicant, rejected the accusations made by Garcia and said "everything is almost completely proven." The audience for the case in El Bebedero started on Tuesday, August 7, after in December 2011, days after the election for the post of Representative of the district, the Democratic Revolutionary Party submitted a legal challenge. (Telemetro)

    Editor's Comment: Of course there's no surprise whatsoever that Gerardo Solis is conducting the trial in a manner that favors the PRD politician, and goes against the CD politician. In fact, the entire Electoral Tribunal and Solis in particular are in the back pocket of the PRD. They are not fair and impartial in any way. I predicted weeks ago this decision would go against the CD and in favor of the PRD - regardless of the facts and evidence in the case. Another example of how the Panamanian justice system is completely and totally fucked. If the CD wins this case, I'll be dumbfounded.

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    Panameñista Politician Says His Email Was Hacked

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    Adolfo "Beby" Valderrama - Panameñista Politician
    Adolfo "Beby" Valderrama, a Deputy in the National Assembly from the Panameñista political party, denounced on Tuesday, 7 August 2012, that someone hacked a few emails he had sent on 20 July 2012, containing some logos, and as proof they later appeared in a negative political attack ad against the President of the Panameñista political party Juan Carlos Varela. Valderrama said the plagiarized information appears in the negative spots promoted by the group "Independents for Change." The Deputy said that relevant action will be taken in the coming days. (Estrella)

    Editor's Comment: It's much more likely there are people within the Panameñista party who are working on behalf of the CD and Ricardo Martinelli. The problem with an email (obviously) is that anyone who receives it can forward it to someone else. So, how can you prove it was "hacked" or stolen - and not simply forwarded or otherwise copied to someone else. No matter, the political cat and mouse games continue. In the meantime, Varela's star continues to slip below the horizon.

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    Electoral Tribunal Holding Hearing In El Bebedero Case Today

    PoliticsThe President of the Electoral Tribunal Gerardo Solis said if they decide to uphold the election of Nidia Cureña they would issue a proclamation and she would be given her credentials. Othewise, they would have to hold new elections in the area of El Bebedero, in the district of Tonosí, province of Los Santos. Solis is acting as the judge rapporteur in the public hearing in this case, to determine whether or not Nidia Cureña was elected on good terms, or if there was fraud in her election. Solis said on the channel 13 Telemetro Report program, they are preparing everything required to hold the hearing, which will be held today in an open house format in the community, and its purpose is to have a direct and immediate contact with the people of the area. He also said during the day today they will take statements from interested persons, and then they will make a tour of the area. Solis said the mission is to strengthen the rule of law, because there are questions about the legitimacy of the electoral process, and the attention of Electoral Tribunal is to address this complaint that has been raised to determine which was the case, for the truth to come to the surface, so they can make a decision through a properly illustrated trial. The elections were held in El Bebedero on 4 December 2011. (Panama America)

    Editor's Comment: The guy who was originally elected in the May 2009 elections was killed in a car crash. A special election was held to select his replacement. The candidate from the Cambio Democratico political party Nidia Cureña won the election, but the PRD candidate filed a complaint and a challenge, alleging vote buying. The Electoral Tribunal is totally and completely in the back pocket of the PRD political party, and I suspect there's no way in hell they will decide this case (today) in favor of the CD - regardless of what the facts, evidence, and testimony states. I think they will decide this case in favor of the PRD candidate - no matter what. If this decision goes in favor of the CD I will be dumbfounded. Gerardo Solis is 100% PRD - and he's leaving the Electoral Tribunal in November, so this case will probably be his last "hurrah"! But with Navarro on the rise and the CD sinking, he will probably be back before too long. I've been predicting a CD repeat in 2014 for years, however there's something on a slow boil that might change my prediction in favor of the PRD (can't talk about it yet, but it's coming.)

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    Computers and Documents Stolen From Office of Juan Carlos Navarro

    PoliticsCOMPLAINT - Computers and documents with information on the candidate's campaign for the position of Secretary General of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Juan Carlos Navarro were stolen from his private offices yesterday morning, Aug. 6, said Abidel Villarreal, his campaign manager. "They stole sensitive information from the campaign, and we hope the Judicial Investigation Department of the National Police conduct a thorough investigation to determine responsibilities," he said. (Prensa)

    Editor's Comment: There have been so many cases of stolen computers and offices violated, one would think that by now all of the primary political players in Panama would have woken up to the need for adequate security measures. The theft occurred during either late Sunday night or the very early morning hours of Monday morning. The criminals took advantage of the fact that Juan Carlos Navarro and his team were in the interior of the country on a political trip, so they apparently knew no one would be guarding the office. They broke through at least two doors, disabled a security alarm, and stole computers and documents. This wasn't about money - it was about information. Right now it looks like Navarro's "Blue Wave" branch of the PRD is poised to take over control of the party on 26 August 2012 in their next national convention. 4,200 delegates will elect the next Secretary General and the rest of the members of the National Executive Committee (CEN). Mitchell Doens is on the way out with the rest of his pack of "dinosaurs" - so it's possible this theft is some sort of an act of desperation - those guys trying to make a "hail Mary" pass at the end of the game, to come up with something that will torpedo Navarro's campaign at the last second. But damn dude, spend some real money on security...

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    Navarro and Doens Agree To Stop Attacking One Another (Sort Of)

    PoliticsJuan Carlos Navarro and Mitchell Doens promised to run "high road" campaigns, and to put an end to the political attacks between them. Doens and Navarro, who both aspire to the Secretariat General of the PRD, expressed this commitment during a meeting of the candidates running for positions on the National Executive Committee held in Penonomé. Navarro asked for the utmost respect for Doens, and for all members of the PRD political party. Meanwhile, Doens claimed he has been disrespected in the allegations he has received $25,000 from the National Assembly, that he bought a car using PRD party funds, and he is involved in the CEMIS scandal. He said if these attacks stop and if they do not denigrate him, then he pledges to respect the ethics policy. (Critica)

    Editor's Comment: Hilarious. They are exchanging barbs, with both sides trying to convince the 4,200 convention delegates that the other guy is more corrupt.

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    Mireya Moscoso Will Announce Candidacy on 15 August 2012

    Politics The self-proclaimed campaign spokesman for the former president Mireya Moscoso, Antonio Dominguez, said yesterday on 15 August 2012 political leader will announce her candidacy in the presidential primary for 2014. According to Dominguez, the decision has been made and Moscoso will run in a primary against her (Panameñista) party colleague, Vice President Juan Carlos Varela. He further indicated on KW Continente the official announcement will be at an event at the Arnulfo Arias Madrid Foundation. Dominguez said Moscoso has already hired her political advisers, which include a number of U.S. citizens. (Critica)

    Editor's Comment: Holy Crap! Here she comes, back from the dead. Quick, you get the silver bullets. I'll get the wooden spike. What else? Oh yeah, holy water. We're going to be needing a whole truckload of holy water. Someone pull down those curtains to let the sunlight in ... where's my crucifix ...

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    Doens Says The Government Has Their Hands In The PRD

    PoliticsThis Wednesday, Aug. 1, the general secretary of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Mitchell Doens, said in a news conference that some people close to the campaign of presidential candidate for his party, Juan Carlos Navarro, have been appointed to work for the Government (of Ricardo Martinelli). Doens accused of these people of being "mafiosas" adding the "seek to turn the Party into a Bebedero, but we should denounce it." Some of the names mentioned by the Secretary General are Abidel Villarreal, Navarro's campaign manager, and Nadia del Rio.

    Editor's Comment: The PRD is getting ready to hold their convention on 26 August 2012, where 4,200 conventioneers will elect the new National Executive Committee (CEN) for the PRD. Navarro wants to replace Doens as the new Secretary General of the party, and word on the street is that he has the votes. Now against the ropes, Doens is trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat at the last minute. However it looks like Navarro will become the "Dinosaur Slayer" later this month, replacing the ancient ones who took the party over after Balbina Herrera's electoral defeat in 2009.

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    Sergio "Chello" Galvez Wants To Be The President of Panama

    Politics The president of the National Assembly deputy, Sergio "Chello" Galvez said as a professional politician he holds an aspiration to become President. He said during his 25 year career he has held positions such as the Representative of his area, and as a Deputy in the National Assembly, so why shouldn't he have the right to aspire to be the Mayor of Panama City or the Presidency of the Republic. He said he has the votes of the people to achieve his aspirations, like any professional wishing to climb in his career. (Critica)

    Editor's Comment: Exploding ego alert. Sergio "Chello" Galvez convinced the residents of Chorrillo to elect him as their Representative in the Municipal government of Panama City, and as a Deputy in the National Assembly. Then he managed to secure the necessary number of votes to reach the pinnacle of his political career - the Presidency of the National Assembly - the position he holds today. Buoyed by his success, he is now reaching for the Mayor's office, and then the Presidency. Good luck dude. Who knows, he might pull it off. "Crazier" things have happened.

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    Electoral Tribunal "El Bebedero" Hearing Scheduled for Next Tuesday

    PoliticsThe President of the Electoral Tribunal Gerardo Solis said next Tuesday will be held the public hearing on the elections that took place in the village of "El Bebedero" in the district of Tonosí, province of Los Santos. The hearing will begin at 9 am at the headquarters of the National Tourism Authority, district of Pedasi. Solis told local media the hearing will take place in this sector to have contact with the residents, and most important is for the truth to come to light and then they make a fair decision. This hearing seeks to clarify whether or not there was an electoral crime in the case of the elections. (Panama America)

    Editor's Comment: The Electoral Tribunal is so 100% in the back pocket of the PRD, there's practically no way in hell his case will go in favor of the CD. I mean, none. Let's see what happens, but my prediction on the outcome is on the table.

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    Divisions In The National Assembly Between The "Original" CD Members and the "Defectors"

    PoliticsIt is said in politics, anything goes. This slogan is working very well for the Deputies in the National Assembly who have jumped ship from other political parties to join the ruling Cambio Democratico party, who are now hogging space originally occupied by those who were elected under the party's flag in 2009. Ironically, the jumpers have secured an important place among the legislative gears, while the original CDs are losing ground and beginning to feel cornered or in the background.

    FIGHT FOR SPACE - Though few dare to admit it in public, it is already well known internal to the CD legislative caucus there are sides, the "originals" and the "defectors." The latter make more space for themselves each day. In fact, they already exceed in number those who were elected under the banner of CD in the 2009 elections - there are 17 "originals" while there are 19 "defectors."

    Before the breakup of the alliance between the Panameñistas and the CD, Carlos Afú and Yanibel Ábrego - where were elected as independents - joined the CD. They were followed by the four members of the Patriotic Union party who joined the ruling coalition when their party merged with the CD. Héctor Aparicio jumped to the CD from the MOLIRENA party, and became the President of the National Assembly. After the breakup of the alliance, ten former Panameñistas jumped ship to the CD, added to none members from the PRD.

    The Fight For The Directive: As they began to integrate themselves into the directive that currently leads the National Assembly, the deserters also made themselves felt. It didn't matter who would become the President of the National Assembly, they knew this post would be reserved for one of the original members of the CD. In the end the two Vice Presidents of the National Assembly came from the ranks of the deserters. Abraham Martinez, who jumped from the PRD to the CD, and Miguel Fanovish, who emigrated from the Panameñista party to MOLIRENA.

    While the President of the Assembly, Sergio Galvez, says the relationship with his two deputies is very good, neither of them have been able to warm the President's seat - and rarely have they come to direct the sessions of the full Legislature. Galvez has been there for most of the sessions in nearly a month.

    COMMITTEES - Since Galvez was elected as the President of the National Assembly, disputes started over who would preside over the permanent Commissions. Here there was another push and pull, in which the defectors also demanded spaces. Of the 15 standing committees of the Assembly, six are chaired by Deputies who were not elected under the banner of the CD in the 2009 elections, and another ten are Vice Chairs.

    The Preferred - Marilyn Vallarino, a Deputy from the CD party, acknowledged that the defectors enjoy a privileged place in the internal workings of the CD caucus in the National Assembly. "What God gives, St. Peter blesses..." it is said, of course more has been given to them than to us, but hey, what can we do," she said. Far from feeling any resentment, she said "this is politics," and ironically those who set out to seek votes for the CD today do not receive the same as the defectors. Beyond the benefit, they are thinking about nominations for 2014.

    While Dalia Bernal, one of the "original" CD members, is convinced that internally in their party "there might be some preferences, as it is in every home," but personally - being the Deputy who has cast the most votes - she will continue working for her community. The "defector" Deputy Tito Rodriguez says it's not a matter of preferences, but rather "a matter of skill." The former Panameñista Deputy explains there are Members who are not prepared to take some positions. He still reiterates that "each member tries to get what he can for his circuit" and he says it is no sin, because each one tries to get the most benefit to the circuit for his constituents. (Estrella)

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    Jimmy Papadimitriu Ate Lunch With Friends Today...

    PoliticsA meeting convened by the former Minister of the Presidency, Jimmy Papadamitriu, was held in a local restaurant on Friday. The meeting was attended by members and former members of the current government, including the former Vice Minister of the Presidency Maria Fabrega. A few minutes later the former Minister Papadimitriu arrived, who said that the meeting was to "spend a pleasant time with friends" because he said he spent four long years working with them.

    Former Minister reiterated he is a political consultant and explained he was "leaving his customers behind" which is why he has now decided to devote himself to business. As for the rumors that he would supposedly work for a campaign in Mexico, he declined to give details saying "I do not give details of my private life."On the issue of the bus stops and public transportation, he said he would be supporting and monitoring, but he would not have any official position within the current government. He also said he would give all of his support to the Democratic Change party. (Telemetro)

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    Sergio "Chello" Galvez Thinks He's The Best Candidate for Mayor of Panama City (Go Figure)

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    Sergio Gálvez - President of the National Assembly in Panama
    Sergio Gálvez - President of the National Assembly in Panama
    The President of the National Assembly Sergio "Chello" Galvez said he is the best candidate for Mayor of Panama City. "I count on the recognition of the districts of Panama, at the national level, and even in the world - none of the other candidates fit the profile to be mayor," he said. He said he is man who likes a challenge, but the last word rests with the electorate. Regarding the use of call centers by other candidates who are also candidates to be the next Mayor of Panama City, Galvez said he does not invest in (this kind of thing) because he seeks the vote in the neighborhoods. "My reality is different, so I prefer to do make some 4,000 bags of food and to give them to citizens," he added. He added that having a call center is to be self-deceived by the surveys. (Panama America)
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    There Are Now At Least Ten Politicians Who Aspire To Be The Next Mayor of Panama City

    PoliticsThe possible candidates are starting to warm their motors for the "great battle" for the position of Mayor of Panama City. It's still two years before the next elections of 2014, but the names of at least ten politicians are being tossed about who aspire to occupy that office. Political analyst Edwin Cabrera said yesterday that given the number of applicants, the fight for the Mayor's office could be more interesting than the presidential contest itself. He said it will be interesting to see who will achieve a majority in the primaries in the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). It was learned there are about five candidates from this political collective. Cabrera said the race for mayor will be "intense." The National Assembly Deputy from the Cambio Democratico party Vidal Garcia said he would like to see Balbina Herrera from the PRD and opposition Deputy Jose Isabel Blandon running, and he thinks they would be beat by the CD's Sergio "Chello" Galvez. (Mi Diario)

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    Jimmy Papadimitriu For President?

    PoliticsWhere there's smoke there's fire. The popular adage fits perfectly into the political arena that was created in the ruling Democratic Change since the former Minister of the Presidency Demetrio Papadimitru resigned that office. One hypothesis about the reasons for the resignation of the man who was considered to be the right hand of President Ricardo Martinelli is that he did so in order to begin working on a presidential campaign, with a view towards a presidential bid for the elections of 2014.

    Now the picture becomes more confusing. On Saturday night, the Minister of Social Development Guillermo Ferrufino, who was the first to make his aspirations public, announced through his Twitter account that "the youth of the Democratic Change political party supports the candidacy of Papadimitriu." In one of his messages, he even gave encouragement to the former minister, for his health to return to normal so he can start walking the country.

    And what of Ferrufino's aspirations? This is the question which is not clear, because Ferrufino is one of the members of the CD party with presidential aspirations, but he seems to have changed his messages on the social networks to indicate he is now supporting Papadimitriu. "The youth are with you," was one of this writings.

    The Minister of Social Development published these messages during the celebration of the patron saint of Santa Librada in Las Tablas, in the family residence of the president of Molirena, Sergio Gonzalez Ruiz, who is also mentioned as a candidate for the CD. According Ferrufino, the Administrator of the Ampyme and CD presidential aspirant Giselle Burillo was also there. She it turn said she was unaware of the alleged aspirations of Demetrio Papadimitriu.

    Campaign Started - Apparently the possible candidacy of Jimmy Papadimitriu is going well, and it's not just Ferrufino, who it was said was the anointed choice of Martinelli, who has begun to promote his image. Just eight days after we learned of the resignation of the former minister, during two of which he was hospitalized, a slogan has already been created with a picture of Papadimitriu on top of the flag of Democratic Change party which reads "With Me The Change Will Not Stop."

    This propaganda, also released by Ferrufino, is very similar to that used by President Martinelli when he conducted his campaign before 2009, in which the chief strategist was again a possible presidential candidate.

    "He would be an excellent candidate," said Burillo; however, she said she still has an interest in the position. In the end it will be the party's members who will decide who will be the figure to represent CD in the 2014 elections. If Papadimitriu confirms his aspirations, then there would be six CD members who aspire to the presidency. (Estrella)

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    Blandon Says Martinelli Can't Be Trusted

    PoliticsMartinelli has shown that his interests come first. The National Assembly Deputy from the Panameñista political party Jose Isabel Blandon said the president, Ricardo Martinelli, has shown that over any person or consideration, "are his interests." Blandon made his statements on the television program "Cuestionando Los Hechos" broadcast on Sunday morning, 22 July 2012, on RPC Channel 4.

    Blandon said you can not have confidence in the Panamanian president's word because one day he says one thing and the next day he says another. Blandon said Martinelli has also shown he is capable of betraying someone who is close to him, if that suits him. Blandon was referring to the resignation of the Minister of the Presidency, Demetrio Papadimitriu, which he considers to be a "purely economic" issue.

    Papadimitriu resigned as Minister of the Presidency on 12 July, the same day the President announced the expropriation of the lands of Juan Hombrón without compensation, land to which the Papadimitriu family is linked. Blandon said the people do not care if Papadimitriu left the government, but they do care about the actions of Martinelli.

    Meanwhile, the former presidential candidate for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Balbina Herrera, said the country is in an institutional crisis. She said there is no balance in the branches of government, so she called on society to help strengthen the dialogue in the country.

    Editor's Comment: All of these opposition politicians just want one thing - they all want to be the ones who are running the country and deciding how to spend the $15 billion dollars (or more) the government of Panama spreads around every year. Balbina Herrera didn't have any problem when the PRD was in control of all three branches of government from 2004 - 2009. And, Blandon was one of the primary people who helped set the alliance between the Panameñista party and the CD on fire - so who betrayed who? These people expect all voters to have a very short memory, but they don't.

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    Camacho Says Electoral Tribunal Overstepped Their Bounds

    PoliticsLuis Eduardo Camacho, the government spokesman, said the Electoral Tribunal of Panama "exceeded its functions" by ordering on Friday July 13 the temporary suspension of the political attack ads which referred to the Vice President Juan Carlos Varela. "They cannot say it's electoral propaganda," said Camacho. Through their resolution 06-2012-ADM of 13 July 2012, the Electoral Tribunal decided to "temporarily suspend" the spread in the media of propaganda created by the groups "Independents for Change" and "Friends of the Molirena Party."

    In an interview with La Estrella, Camacho said the justification they have for suspending the political attack ads is not correct, because it is not electoral propaganda. He said the Panameñista party might open their internal electoral period, but they have not not opened the nominations period, so therefore by default there are no candidates.

    The opposition Panameñista party claimed in this "negative campaign" the figure of Vice President Varela is attacked, who is also the president of this political party, and the company Varela Hermanos, SA, linked to the political family.

    Camacho said this is not electoral propaganda, because the ads do not attack any political party or candidate, nor do they promote voting against anyone. "The Electoral Tribunal can only regulate electoral propaganda, and they exceeded their functions, violating the right to freedom of expression in the struggle of the workers who are not receiving minimum wage," he said. Furthermore, he stated, with this judgement they are violating the access to information, by keeping people from knowing if a company is paying minimum wage, or not.

    Camacho cited Article 198 of the Electoral Code, relating to Chapter III on Electoral Propaganda, in saying the material they banned is not electoral propaganda. Article 198 says electoral propaganda are those writings, publications, images, recordings, films and expressions, which are disseminated in order to obtain the support of the electorate, or to do political proselytizing with a view towards an electoral end. (Estrella)

    Editor's Comment: Camacho is right. The Electoral Tribunal clearly overstepped their bounds with this decision. It's not "electoral season" and there are no officially recognized candidates. But the law does not matter. The Electoral Tribunal is clearly, 100% against the CD and the administration of Ricardo Martinelli. It simply matters not what the law says, they are going to decide in favor of the PRD and the Panameñistas, because that's what "team" they are on. It's the one thing Martinelli does not control, and it's giving him fits.

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    Aleman Says Varela Should Stop Stupid And Childish Fights With Martinelli

    PoliticsThe former Foreign Minister and former presidential candidate from the Panameñista political party, José Miguel Alemán, called on his party's president, Juan Carlos Varela, to stop fighting "like kids" with the president, Ricardo Martinelli, and begin to give guidance to his party in the National Assembly by passing laws to benefit the country.

    In an interview with the radio program La Hora 9 on KW Continente, Aleman admitted to being one of those who promoted the "Alliance for Change" between the CD and Panameñista parties, recognizing that in the end it was a mistake. "Politically speaking, for both the Panameñistas and the CD, we have all lost," Aleman thought. "This alliance from day one was done in political fever. Both Martinelli and Varela were thinking of 2014, and the results were disastrous politically."

    He added that after the traumatic rupture of the alliance, Varela has fallen into "stupid fights" with the current government, saying through the social network Twitter that "all is bad" in the government, when the Panameñistas supported many projects while they were part of the ruling alliance.

    Aleman also had criticism for the president. "The president has to be made of leather belt, but when he is triggered, he's a match." In addition, we he recommended that the President should withdraw the lawsuits against Varela and the PRD's Balbina Herrera.

    The former foreign minister, said he along with other Panameñistas will deliver a package of proposals to Varela to promote them among other party members. One such proposal is described by Aleman is the establishment of price controls for basic food products, laid down in Article 231 of the Constitution. (Critica)

    Editor's Comment: José Miguel Alemán was the Panameñista politician who was supposed to replace Mireya Moscoso in the 2004 elections. He was horse-whipped in the polls, mostly because after five years of the horribly corrupt Moscoso administration, the Panamanian voting public was about ready to lynch all of them. Martin Torrijos won that election with 47%, Guillermo Endara was second with 30%, Alemán was third with 16%, and Ricardo Martinelli was fourth with 5%.

    It's interesting to see José Miguel Alemán starting to reemerge somewhat in the Panameñista party, further evidence of the relative weakness of Juan Carlos Varela. Of course the Panameñistas see their alliance with the CD as a disaster, because now they have no hope whatsoever of returning to power any time soon. If Varela had not been an ambitious idiot, they could have continued to play second fiddle to the CD forever. But because Varela got greedy, they got tossed out, and the MOLIRENA party will happily play the second fiddle spot abandoned by the Panameñistas.

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    Mulino Tries To Visit Papadimitriu (Kept Out By Doctors)

    PoliticsThe former Minister of the Presidency Jimmy Papadimitriu remains hospitalized in the Paitilla Medical Center for stress and hypertension. Papadimitriu was hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon. On Friday Panama's Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino appeared on the scene to visit his former colleague, but he was not allowed entry because the doctor ordered the restriction of visits. However, Mulino left a written message wishing Papadimitriu a speedy recovery. (Telemetro)

    Editor's Comment: I suspect Papadimitriu wants everyone to simply leave him the hell alone. He was hospitalized with "stress and hypertension" after he resigned from his position as the Minister of the Presidency last week. Then once he was hospitalized president Ricardo Martinelli showed up (a couple of times) to "visit" Papadimitriu - and upon leaving the hospital he made statements to be press about how they are still friends, etc. So Martinelli continues to exploit and use Papadimitriu - even in ill health. As an "out" his doctor ordered a restriction on visits - to keep guys like Mulino from becoming part of the parade. Guys, leave Jimmy alone for crying out loud. He doesn't need your advice for a low salt diet or whatever. You're a fat-ass and he now hates you, so friggin' leave him alone - while he munches handfuls of Tafil to decompress from three years of crazy shit...

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