Site Meter
Send Us An Email
Panama Guide

Welcome to Panama Guide
Friday, September 21 2018 @ 03:20 PM UTC

View Printable Version

First Lady and Ferrufino Being Considered For Vice President

PoliticsThe First Lady of the Republic, Marta Linares de Martinelli, and the Minister of Social Development Guillermo Ferrufino, are the leading candidates being considered for the nomination to be the Vice President for the Democratic Change (CD) political party.

"Both the First Lady and Ferrufino are the two figures who are being seriously considered in our party," said Presidency Minister, Roberto Henriquez.

While speaking in an interview on Telemetro, Henriquez ruled out reports appearing in the news that the former President Mireya Moscoso of the Panameñista party is being considered, because she herself has said she has no interest in the position.

However, he said the CD values ​​the support of a section of the Panameñista party, and support coming from other opposition parties.

He also said there is no doubt that the CD will win the general election in May 2014, as members of these parties become part of the team being put together by the government's candidate José Domingo Arias. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: This is a trial balloon. Many months ago the CD floated the trial balloon of possibly having the First Lady run as the party's presidential candidate, and that didn't go over so well. But having her as the Vice President would basically serve the same purpose - by effectively keeping Ricardo Martinelli on the team and in the public eye in an official manner. Make no mistake about it, the CD is working a long term strategy to retain control of politics in Panama for 50 years or more. People are generally very pleased with the Martinelli administration - and especially their ability to build things and get things done. Of course there are always detractors, and the CD is just as corrupt as the rest of the political parties. They are stealing money (and everything else) hand over fist, and no one seems to mind as long as there's a new bridge, a new bus, or a new subway, or a new highway, or a new hospital, or (fill in 100 blanks). Their campaign slogan could be "Sure, we steal public funds - but we get more done than those other crooks ever did..." which is true. The other side of this trial balloon also says the support from the MOLIRENA is in the bag, as well as support from the Moscoso faction of the Panameñista party. That right there - together with their CD party faithful - is enough to guarantee them a win in May 2014. So, they are feeling confident enough to jockey around and play games with the VP position. Also, this is "official" because it appeared in the Panama America.

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Electoral Prosecutor Peñaloza Skips TE Meeting For Political Reasons

PoliticsThe electoral prosecutor Eduardo Peñaloza thinks the judges of the Electoral Tribunal (TE) are showing a "lack of respect" for his independence by inviting him to a meeting to discuss electoral issues.

On Thursday December 12 , the presiding judge of the TE, Erasmo Pinilla sent a letter to Peñaloza, inviting him to the meeting that was to take place yesterday, Monday 16 December.

According to Pinilla, at the 2:00 pm meeting yesterday they had planned to discuss various electoral issues, so he thought "his presence was necessary."

However, the prosecutor refused to participate and he criticized Pinilla for what he called the "unacceptable and disrespectful" content of his letter.

He reiterated that the prosecution is an independent institution and his position "is not a subordinate of Electoral Tribunal."

"During all of this time I have had a lot of patience and serenity, listening to everything that has been said about this institution. But this time I cannot accept the content of this letter, which undermines the independence of the institution that I lead," said Peñazole in his written response to Pinilla.

Incidentally, he also ruled out making any appearance in the near future.

"At this moment, the best conditions do not exist to hold the meeting in a cordial manner," said Penaloza, who has been criticized for the low profile he has kept in the face of the allegations that have been made over possible electoral crimes that have committed by the ruling Cambio Democratico political party.

Penaloza has been the electoral prosecutor since 2010. Before he was a member of three different political parties; the Democratic Revolutionary Party ( PRD ), the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement (MOLIRENA) and finally, in the Democratic Change (CD) party.

He was appointed to the position by the president, Ricardo Martinelli, and ratified by the National Assembly, in which the ruling CD party has a majority.

"It's Normal" - The former electoral prosecutor and TE judge Gerardo Solis said Peñaloza is confusing independence of the institution "with his negligence."

He explained it is normal for the TE judges to invite the electoral prosecutor to talk about various topics. "When I served in the office they invited me and I always went, even though we did not share opinions," he said. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: The Electoral Tribunal and the office of the Electoral Prosecutor are supposed to be completely independent from politics - charged with ensuring the election processes in Panama are carried out in a fair and transparent manner. The LAST person on the planet who should be spouting his opinion on issues involving the TE is Gerardo Solis, who single-handedly did more to screw up any perception of independence, fairness, and transparency. He is, was, and always will be a PRD lap-dog - and his actions both as the Electoral Prosecutor and a judge on the TE were dripping with political favoritism. Now the PRD isn't liking it when the CD is giving them some of their same medicine? As my mom would say, "tough titties." If they don't like the way things are now, let's wait until the CD presidential candidate Jose Domingo Arias wins the election in May 2014 (I'm sticking by my long standing prediction). He will most likely serve as Panama's president from 2014 - 2019, during which time he will be able to name the replacements for the two remaining TE judges who are not CD party members. The PRD is already screwed, it's just going to be getting deeper and harder as time marches on...

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Everything's Ready For CD's Convention On Sunday

Politics

The Democratic Change Party has everything ready for their Sunday's meeting where its members will be responsible of approving the plan of government the collective will nominate in order to support their presidential candidate, José Domingo Arias.

This plan has already been approved by a committee chaired by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Frank De Lima, who was appointed on board.

Additionally, the party's participation in the 2014 elections will be approved in this plan, as the Electoral Code establishes in its Article 205 "all political parties need the authorization of it's Congress."(TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Genaro Lopez Got His Credentials As A Presidential Candidate

Politics

Today afternoon, credentials were given to the presidential candidate for the FAD, Genaro López.

With this delivery of credentials, Lopez becomes the official candidate of his party.

Faced with questions from the press about the low turnout for the elections of FAD on November 24th, Lopez stated "This is a new party, there were problems with funding and we had little experience."(TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Anel Flores Resigned From The PRD

Politics

Today, the businessman, Anel "Bolo" Flores, resigned as a member of the PRD.

According to the note from the PRD for his resignation, he made the decision because according to him the party has been kidnapped by the electioneering patronage.

"Cronyism trampling militancy funded by the PRD conditioned resources, leading to a controlled and negotiated loss," as stated by Flores.

Finally, he thanked the members of this group for their support and the love he has always received from them.(TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

CD Offered Money To The Protagonists Of A Panamanian Party Propaganda

Politics

The delegate for the Panamanian Party and spokesman for the campaign of presidential candidate Juan Carlos Varela, Adolfo Valderrama, reported CD is offering money to the protagonist of the "Guat" propaganda.

Valderrama said: "Belisario Porras representative, Mr. Eric Portocarrero, offered $400 a month to the protagonist of the "Guat" propaganda if she enrolled the CD, in one week, the desperate government offered Mrs.Marta a new house and Mrs.Vielka $2000 a month and $500 in return."

Valderrama also stated: "Arias is offering state funds for Mrs.Vielka to enroll in CD, this is Incredible!."(Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Navarro And Martinelli Are In The Same Circle

PoliticsThe former minister of the Presidency, Jimmy Papadimitriu, said the political circle surrounding Ricardo Martinelli is the same behind the presidential candidate Juan Carlos Navarro, which caused a lot of controversy within the opposition party.

Papadimitriu said there was a “circle” at the beginning of the Government, formed by Martinelli, the presidential candidate of the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, and himself, but then other members joined the circle which, eventually, replaced him.

“This new circle does not want Navarro to get down, because Navarro splits the votes from the opposition,” said Papadimitriu, stating that those in Martinelli’s circle are also backing up the member from the PRD.

The former minister denied he is behind Varela’s campaign or any other. “A Government minister asked me to lead Jose Domingo Arias’s dirty campaign, but I rejected it because I have a lot of work,” he said.

After Papadimitriu’s statement, the former president of the PRD, Francisco Sánchez Cárdenas, said Navarro and the CEN of the party must give an explanation, because everything points to the fact that this “circle” is the one they met with on August 15.

He talked about a meeting between Navarro and Martinelli with the businessman Mayor Alfredo Alemán that lasted almost four hours, which led to several members of the PRD to be reluctant about Navarro’s political aspirations and they even asked him to drop his campaign, without success. (Siglo)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Papadimitriu Admits He Participates In Varela's Campaign

PoliticsThe former Presidency Minister, Jimmy Papadimitriu, said he advises the presidential candidate of the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, “for free.” He also said he gives advice to the deputy Adolfo "Beby" Valderrama and members from the PRD.

Papadimitriu said he can give his opinion to anyone he wants, stating this is his profession.

"This is my profession and if someone asks for my opinion I can give it to them, I have no problem,” said the former minister.

He said his opinions are based on his perception and not a study of opinion. He also said he is not working for any Panamanian politician, stating “I am currently busy.”

Regarding the controversial political campaign “Guat” of the presidential candidate of the Panameñismo Political Party, Papadimitriu admitted the concept of this commercial is his, but the phrases and everything else was not his idea.

He said the members of the party asked him what to do and he recommended them to leave the typical things behind, because their campaigns were very boring.

The former minister said the team of the presidential candidate of Democratic Change Party (CD), José Domingo Arias, requested him to handle the negative campaign, but according to him he rejected the idea due to lack of time, saying he has no more space for any other clients. (Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Marcos Allen: "I Believe Navarro Shoud Be Advised On His Proposals"

Politics

For the union leader and member of Democratic Change, Marcos Allen, the presidential candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, is making a terrible mistake.

This statement was given after an announcement and promise made in Navarro's campaign, to increase the pension for the retired in order for them to earn at least minimum wage.

Allen ensures the Board of the CSS is the ultimate authority to define the issue, meaning if Navarro becomes president he will take the Board and the decisions of an entity with an already established organic law.

"Navarro's proposals are "elegant and beautiful," but not viable, I believe he should be advised about this," as said by Allen.(Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Navarro Needs To Be Advised On His Proposals

PoliticsThe union leader and member of the Democratic Change Party (CD), Marcos Allen, believes the presidential candidate from the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro, is making a mistake.

He said this after Navarro said as part of his campaign he would give a raise to retired citizens so they don’t earn less than the minimum wage.

"Honestly, we all think the same thing as he does,” said Allen, but he said the Directive Board of the Social Security Fund (CSS) is the authority in charge of defining this issue, and if he (Navarro) talks about it, it means that if he becomes President, he will take over the Directive Board and the decisions of the institution.

"Besides, this will cause other employers to raise the retirement age or the employee-employer quota, I believe he needs to be advised better (…) in this issue in particular, because Navarro is making proposals that are “elegant and pretty” but are not feasible,” said Allen. (Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

"Politicians Believe We Are Giving Our Country Away To Them For Five Years"

Politics“Democracy is more than just a way of choosing, is a way of behaving. Democracy is transparency, communication, respect, culture, citizenship. And we Panamanians are far away from this reality,” said Víctor Cucalón Imbert, president of the National Board of Scrutiny (JNE), in charge of the 2014 elections.

The economist, who must declare the new President of the Republic, said this behavior affects politicians’ behavior too. They “believe we are giving our country away to them for five years,” she said.

Cucalón Imbert, who joins the JNE for the sixth time, also talked about the electoral environment, the attacks against institutionalism and the political culture in Panama. (Prensa)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Varela Chose Not To Respond To Political Attacks

Politics

The presidential candidate for the Panamanian Party, Juan Carlos Varela, chose not to respond to attacks on his political campaign financing.

"Today's a special day for me, so I will not be responding to political attacks," as said by Varela.

Similarly, he questioned the activities conducted by members of the government were people are forced to join a group in order to selectively receive a stove or refrigerator.

Varela stated: "These are items purchased with the resources of all the Panamanian people, they should make an event for everyone and not only for the people of their group."

On the subject of the alleged employment relationship he has with the former Minister of the Presidency, Demetrio Papadimitru, Varela said he was not hired by him.(TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Cuqui Defends Navarro's Political Commercials And Says They Are Effective

PoliticsCuqui Campagnani de Navarro, wife of the presidential candidate of the PRD, said she disagrees with the criticism towards Juan Carlos Navarro’s campaign and according to surveys these “wedges” are very good and efficient.

"I hope these elections are peaceful; the dialogue must be competent, as well as the proposals, like in previous elections. People want proposals, instead of confrontations,” said Campagnani de Navarro.

She also defended Navarro’s great work for the past 10 years when he was the mayor in the city and downplayed the campaign against him organized by the Movement “Panamá Avanza.”

Regarding the former secretary general of the party, Mitchell Doens, who requested Navarro's dismissal from his presidential aspirations, Cuqui said Navarro was chosen by 95% of the members.

"If two or three people have different opinions, it’s the minority. The PRD is united,” she said. (Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Castillo: Varela Is Going Through Difficult Times And Pressure

PoliticsLorena Castillo, journalist and wife of the vice-president and presidential candidate from the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, said her husband is going through difficult times, under a lot of pressure not only for his safety, but also for his children’s safety.

Castillo said this after she was questioned about an incident between her husband and a journalist at a State television channel.

Castillo said the situation in the country is very hard. “They don’t respect anything nor anyone,” said Castillo referring to dirty campaigns, recordings of their conversations, lawsuits, property invasion and threats.

Castillo believes negative or dirty campaigns are the result of a lack of argument and proposals.

Regarding the latest statements of President Ricardo Martinelli, about an approach between Varela and the former minister Jimmy Papadimitriu; Castillo said this is Martinelli’s “latest paranoia,” denying that Papadimitriu is behind her husband’s campaign.

About her thoughts on the work carried out by the Office of the First Lady, Castillo said she would’ve done things completely different.

She also recognized the need of a responsible sexual education for teenagers.

Castillo said the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, has done everything she could, highlighting the fact that she has gone through a lot and has had to face difficult situations.

Castillo said she is in favor of a constituent for a complete separation of powers.

Finally, Castillo said she “completely” regrets the alliance in 2009 that helped Ricardo Martinelli reach the Presidency, but she did clarify that her husband (Varela) disagrees, because he believes the alliance helped many Panamanians with the Renovation of Curundu and “100 a los 70,” but there is still a lot to do. (TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Dominican President Received Jose Domingo Arias

PoliticsThe Dominican President, Danilo Medina, received a “courtesy visit” from José Domingo Arias, government candidate for the Presidency of Panama, according to political sources.

Arias said he had a meeting with the President of the Dominican Republic because he was “interested in knowing more about the successful social and economical policies” used by this Caribbean Government.

The Panamanian presidential candidate said “our friend Danilo Medina has managed to apply successful politics in his country, not only economically speaking, but also social politics, which are definitely a role model.”

He said this model is compatible with the vision of other countries in Latin America like Panama, which can be used to “make the country grow, to better educate our people and to create more opportunities and, most importantly, for our social programs to have more people involved in them.”

Medina is "a wise man, who knows how to govern his country and how to be close to his people (…) I have listened to his advise and you may rest assured that we will apply them,” said the presidential candidate.

Arias, from the Democratic Change Party (CD), is currently leading the voting intention for the 2014 elections in Panama. (Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

ANATI's Flight Over Properties Owned By Presidential Candidates Is An Electoral Crime

PoliticsThe National Authority of Land Administration (Anati) committed the crime of political persecution and intimidation, after the unusual inspection flight on board of a helicopter over the beach properties of some of the presidential candidates from the opposition.

The presidential candidate of the Panameñismo Political Party, Juan Carlos Varela, and the independent pre-candidate Gerardo Solís condemned this action, as they found it to be unnecessary.

“This is only for intimidating, which is an electoral crime, because this was probably staff from telecommunications, who probably wanted to get the coordinates of the location with a GPS,” said Solís.

Varela said he expects the Anati to explain why they did this, and wondered why a relative of a government official was also traveling in the helicopter, because Alejandro Garúz’s (executive secretary of the Security Council) niece was on board.

The fly over took place on December 4, right when the Electoral Tribunal formally convened the elections on 4 May 2014, in the helicopter HP-1686RL, piloted by Ricardo Garay, who confirmed the controversial itinerary.

The pilot said he was willing to speak with the authorities. (Prensa)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

CD Had A Party Meeting At Its Headquarters In Plaza Carolina

Politics

Today, the Democratic Change Party (CD) had a meeting at its headquarters in Plaza Carolina, where they will analyze the political roadmap for this group.

Among the topics to be discussed, is the analysis of the government plan of Presidential candidate, José Domingo Arias, finalizing the details for the next convention on December 15th and the alliance with MOLIRENA.

Upon arrival, the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli said "we are here for a party meeting in order to discuss the next convention and to seek an alliance with the MOLIRENA party, we already have a winning candidate, José Domingo Arias."(TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Arias Said He Hasn't Given Any Thought To Who Is Going To Be Running Mate

PoliticsThe presidential candidate of the Democratic Change Party (CD), José Domingo Arias, said he has not decided who will be his running mate for the elections in May 2014.

He said he hasn’t really paid attention to this issue; however, he will meet the deadline established by the Electoral Tribunal, which is February 4, to present who the candidate for the vice-presidency will be in the CD.

Arias has not defined if the vice president is going to be a woman, and instead he said the vice president has to be chosen upon certain parameters.

Regarding the possibility of the participation of the First Lady, Marta Linares de Martinelli, in his campaign, he said she would be an “excellent candidate,” without confirming anything.

He also referred to the alliance with the Molirena party, stating this is a “solid alliance and everything is going pretty good,” ruling out any discontent among the members.

Next December 15, the presidential candidate will officially present his government plan. (Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Laurentino Cortizo Assured The PRD Is Not In Crisis

Politics

According to the president of the National Assembly and member of The PRD, Laurentino Cortizo, the group is not in crisis, it just has some differences as in all political parties.

"Our candidate for May 2014 is Juan Carlos Navarro, that's not negotiable," said Cortizo, refering to rumors stating Navarro would be lowered in his political aspirations.

The statements were given after the application of the former general secretary of this group, Mitchell Doens, for Navarro to give up his presidential aspirations because he's not "going up in the polls."

Meanwhile, Navarro asked Doens to publicly apologize or to quit the group.(Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Martinez Acha Defends Navarro's Candidacy

PoliticsThe first deputy secretary of the PRD, Javier Martínez Acha, said they have given many good advises to those who disagree with Juan Carlos Navarro's candidacy, but they have decided to stick with their own advise anyway.

One of the people in favor of removing Navarro from his candidature is the former secretary general of the PRD, Mitchell Doens, who believes they must take a decision on the 15th during the meeting of the National Directorate.

Martínez Acha said these politicians are blind and are promoting the lack of loyalty to the party and the candidate picked during the primaries and chosen as secretary general by most of the members of the PRD.

“You lose your own reputation. Popularity like youth goes away and never comes back,” said Martínez Acha. (TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

The Elections Will Be Clean, Transparent And Democratic

PoliticsIn the swearing ceremony of the new National Election Board for the 2014 elections, President Ricardo Martinelli said next year’s elections will be clean, transparent and democratic.

"All the candidates think they will win, all of them have their own surveys, but this will be decided by the people on May 4,” said Martinelli.

The President wished success for all the presidential candidates and asked them to accept the results.

He also said the Government will assign members of the National Police (PN), National Air Service (SENAN), National Border Service (Senafront) and the Institutional Protection Service in charge of the Electoral Tribunal six days before the elections, to guarantee freedom and efficiency of the vote.

"I will be happy of giving away the presidential sash and leaving a different country” said the president, who also said he has no intentions of being reelected. (Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Varela Will Launch His Government Plan

Politics

Today, the Presidential candidate of the People First Alliance (Panameñista - People's Party), Juan Carlos Varela, said he will officially launch on Tuesday, December 3rd, his government plan aimed at the general elections of May 2014.

The plan called "For an honest government that works for the people" is the result of 18 months of work, identifying each of the country's problems and their solutions, as said by Dulcidio De La Guardia, former Minister of Finance and member of Varela's campaign.

Among the proposals highlighted, it's the "100/0 Program", directed towards basic health; food emergency price control and a plan to improve safety in neighborhoods, more opportunities, and amendments to the Constitution.(Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

The Days Of Juan Carlos Navarro's Campaign Might Be Numbered

PoliticsThe differences inside of the PRD political party continue to grow, a few months before the general elections in Panama.

Juan Carlos Navarro, the presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD ), denounced as untrue statements made by PRD party member Mitchell Doens, who said the National Executive Committee of the party will be meeting on 15 December, and they will ask Navarro not to run in the upcoming elections.

"That will not happen, and I demand that Doens either apologize or quit the Democratic Revolutionary Party," Navarro told the media while participating in the parades in La Chorrera.

Navarro said that on 15 December the board of the PRD will be meeting, but to approve the party's candidates for the Central American Parliament, and the agenda for the future, which does not include Doens.

"The past is not on our agenda, and that's him," said Navarro.

Navarro also said at this meeting they will approve their "full pot" plan of government, which also includes decentralization, housing, and support for the agricultural sector.

"You always have to have tolerance for people like Doens who are often mistaken, lots of tolerance," said Navarro.

Recently, Dones said internally the PRD had given Navarro a deadline to improve in the polls, where he has been in third place, or otherwise they would install another presidential candidate.

The PRD has shown some interest in forming an opposition alliance to defeat the Democratic Change party in next year 's elections. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Navarro beat Doens in internal PRD elections to wrest control of the party away from the old "dinosaurs" which date back to the Noriega years. With the advent of the CD, the PRD has been struggling to regain their footing and traction. Navarro was on the ticket in 2009 as Balbina Herrera's running mate when they were trounced by Ricardo Martinelli and the CD. The fact of the matter is that right now neither the PRD nor the Panameñistas have much of a chance of beating the CD in May 2014. The polls reflect the CD's Jose Domingo Arias in first place, the Panameñista's Juan Carlos Varela in second place, and the PRD's Juan Carlos Navarro in third place. The finishing order for those who don't win really doesn't matter all that much. My prediction remains as it has been since August 2011 - the CD will remain in office. If (when) that happens, it will be the first time since the end of the dictatorship era (1989) that any political party has remained in office for more than one term. So far it's been Panameñistas (1989-1994), PRD (1994-1999), Panameñistas (1999-2004), PRD (2004-2009), CD (2009-2014). The Panamanian constitution gives a big chunk of power to any party that can remain in office because that means the CD will be appointing all of the Supreme Court justices as well as every other appointed position of power within the government (including those they don't already control). In short, if Jose Domingo Arias wins as predicted, then the CD will have a lock - maybe for half a century or more. But anyway with regards to this story - Navarro and Doens are squabbling. So what? Nothing new here...

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Genaro Lopez Filed A Criminal Complaint Against Officers Of The National Police

Politics

The union leader and presidential candidate of the FAD, Genaro López, and his lawyer, Antonio Vargas, filed a criminal complaint to the Assistant Attorney against three officers of the National Police.

The lawsuit is based on the commission of crimes against life and personal integrity on Lopez and his family.

Genaro López, his wife and son were shot by police officers while on board of his car, who were allegedly carrying out an operation in Nueva Esperanza, Panama East.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Quesada Files Second Lawsuit Against President Of The Electoral Tribunal

Politics

Today in the afternoon, Lawyer Honorio Quesada filed a criminal complaint against the president of the Electoral Tribunal, Erasmo Pinilla, to the Attorney General's Office.

Today's lawsuit is the second Quesada files against Pinilla, The first was in the National Assembly, but its Credentials Committee rejected it for not having competition.

Quesada is suing Pinilla for the crime against the Constitution, in relation to Title III, Individual and Social Duties, Chapter #1, Fundamental Guarantees.

Quesada also explained he's suing Pinilla for violating human rights and violating the right to speak.

Quesada was a member of the PRD, he was even one of its presidential candidates, but resigned from the group after supporting the reelection of the current president, proposal submitted and later rejected by the National Assembly.(Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Quesada Wants Pinilla To Pay For Unconstitutionality

PoliticsThe former member of the Democratic Change (CD) Honorio Quesada will file a new complaint against the magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal (TE), Erasmo Pinilla, before the Public Prosecutor.

Attorneys and constitutionalists believe this is another attempt to break the democratic institutionalism of the country.

Quesada, who was the former pre-presidential candidate of the PRD, said he is filing this complaint for removing Pinilla because he “violates the Constitution” by affecting freedom of expression for suspending the commercials of Panamá Avanza. He also said he will present another resource against the magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ).

“No one, not even a magistrate, can be above the law, which is why I’ll insist until he is punished,” said Quesada, after the Credentials Committee rejected a complaint he filed against Pinilla before the National Assembly for being “inadmissible.” Professor Miguel Antonio Bernal said this complaint is part of a set of politics organized by the Government to soften the institutionalism and weaken the magistrates, as well as for confusing the public opinion. “They are trying to perfection the electoral fraud reported by the magistrates themselves,” he said.

The former Attorney General, Ana Matilde Gómez, believes these complaints are not just isolated events, instead they are part of a big plan organized to kick Pinilla out and create instability in the TE, close to the next elections.

However, Quesada denied he is responding to the CD’s interests, and said he is filing this complaint on his own.

The former president of the National Bar Association, Rubén Elías Rodríguez, said this complaint must be rejected because it has no legal foundation. (Siglo)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Jimmy Papadimitriu Received A Death Threat For An Article He Wrote

PoliticsThe former Presidency Minister, Jimmy Papadimitriu, received a death threat after he published his weekly column “Political Analysis” in the “Diario de Bolsillo Panamá.”

In the article, Papadimitriu questions the capital contribution made by the Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) to the Broad Front for Democracy (FAD), and suggests this contribution might lead Panama to a situation similar to the one in Greece, given the necessary conditions to generate an increase of the funds in the country and a social revolution led by the left, thanks to the continuous public debt of the government.

Papadimitriu says Panama might turn, “in a subsidiary of the ALBA,” which will leave the country subject to the association’s whims.

The text was signed by ttcgpa@gmail.com and was visible among the comments made to the opinion called “Who should I congratulate?” and said he or she knew where to find the former ministry to kill him for messing with “people who threatens his interest.” Also, Papadimitriu said he then received threats through phone and his e-mail.

Currently, the message can’t be found in the website of the newspaper for violating the regulations of the comments. (Estrella)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Blandon Considered Unnecessary The Special Sessions On December

Politics

The Delegate for the Panamanian Party, Jose Isabel Blandon, considered there are no pending projects so important to discuss them in the plenary of the National Assembly on December.

Blandon noted during an interview, pending projects can be discussed in regular sessions on January when the assembly is installed.

On Monday, November 25th, President Martinelli announced he will call the Assembly into special sessions starting on December 10th and he stated one of the bills to be discussed will be the one giving stability to the officials.(Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

CAPAC Wants To Know The Proposals Of Presidential Candidates

Politics

The Panamanian Chamber of Construction (CAPAC), will provide room courtesies to different aspirants to the Presidency of the Republic in order to learn their proposals, to address issues of national interest and to talk about the construction industry.

The cycle will be started Tomorrow, Wednesday November 27th, with the participation of the presidential candidate of the PRD, Juan Carlos Navarro.

Various representatives of member companies will be present at the activity as they are part of the CAPAC board.(TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

The FAD Will Not Have Any Alliances With The Opposition Parties

PoliticsThe union leader Genaro López is now the fourth presidential candidate for the elections on 2014.

However, even though some believe his election is another step towards democracy, they also feel this is only another advantage for the government party.

López’s statement during his speech was clear, as the presidential candidate of the Broad Front for Democracy, he is not thinking of creating an alliance with the opposition, but he might do so with the independent candidates, but according to the regulations of the FAD.

The political analyst Edwin Cabrera believes it is irrelevant if many or a few people went to vote, the important is the fact that there is a new candidate.

On the other hand Andrés Vega Domplín, warns this new candidate will create a wider division. (TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks