Friday, January 13 2012 @ 10:56 AM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: I saw a lot of interviews this morning, and all of the representatives of the administration of Ricardo Martinelli stayed "on message." They all said basically the same thing - that they are working for the people of Panama, and that everything else are simply political attacks being launched by their opponents. With regards to the resignation of Bosco Vallarino, they said he resigned voluntarily, of his own free will, and that there were no threats or intimidation (which I personally think is bullshit.) But anyway, the point is that they all stuck to the party line. Neither Bosco nor Martinelli will discuss or reveal the contents of their discussion, or whatever it was that Martinelli used as leverage to pressure Vallarino into resigning, because to do so goes counter to the whole point. I suspect the agreement was Vallarino resigns in order to avoid the shit storm that's coming. It simply does not make any sense any other way. If Martinelli didn't have anything on Vallarino, then Bosco could have just sat there and said "screw you." And Camacho is right - everyone else, all of the opposition politicians - are already running for office with an eye towards the 2014 elections. Meanwhile, the Martinelli administration continues to rack up the achievements and accomplishments. And who's to blame for Vallarino's departure from office? Juan Carlos Varela and Jose Blandon, who decided to torch their alliance with the CD back in August 2011.