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1141. Several Politicians Request To Open A File For ...
The leader of the PRD, Balbina Herrera, said the Public Ministry (MP) and the National Assembly must start an investigation, after La Prensa revealed alleged payments to Panamanian senior officials, as it is stated in the file currently being handled by the Italian Prosecutor in Valter Lavítola’s case, intermediary party ...

1142. Patria Portugal Defends Herself Before The National Assembly
The Ombudsman, Patria Portugal, said before the National Assembly that she has worked transparently during the two years she has been in office. "I’ve done my work transparently,” said Portugal, who arrived at the Assembly at 9:00 a.m., together with a group of officials from the entity. Portugal said “the ...

1143. Portugal's Days In Office Are Numbered
The Presidency Minister, Roberto Henriquez, said the Ombudsman, Patria Portugal, did not answer the questions from the deputies and he believes she will soon be removed from her position. "There are still questions about the cost overruns for the acquisition of a couple of services,” said the minister. Henriquez also ...

1144. Torrijos Administration Used Contract Addendums To Steal Government ...
In 2008 , the Ministry of Government and Justice granted a multi-million dollar open ended contract for the repair of five helicopters. Other government institutions also appear on the list. The 15 million dollar contract was with the company Hellitech Support Services and had an expiration date of May 13, ...

1145. Gomez Questions Concession Granted To Moscoso
The former Attorney General and attorney, Ana Matilde Gómez, referenced the concession granted to the former president Mireya Moscoso for using the bottom of the ocean and the beach next to her mansion in Punta Mala, Los Santos. "Yet another episode of this bad saga, the bad side of this ...

1146. Crispiano Adames Saved Salomón Shalah From Giving Further ...
The administrator of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), Salomón "Salo" Shamah," was saved from being questioned thanks to the help of one of the members of the PRD. The official went before the National Assembly on Monday to explain the direct hiring of the company Pensanómica S.A., which received ...

1147. PRD Filed A Complaint Against Martinelli Related To ...
The Judicial Department of the PRD filed a criminal complaint against President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal for the scandal of international bribery to grant public bids in the country. The lawyer of the PRD, Luis García, said people close to the president might be involved, according to the reports published throughout ...

1148. Martinelli Confirmed He Does Not Give Information To ...
President Ricardo Martinelli admitted he requested the Government officials to ignore the questions made by the journalists of La Prensa. “Every time someone sends me a questionnaire (…). I’ve told people ‘not to answer the questionnaires.’ Because you go and answer like a fool and they take your thing and ...

1149. Arias Dodges Questions About Electoral Tribunal Data Complaint
The presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Change (CD) political party, José Domingo Arias, avoided taking a definite position on the complaint that will be filed by the Electoral Tribunal before the Public Ministry, because they think his campaign used privileged information improperly. "I understand that the Electoral Tribunal filed ...

1150. Company Will Pay $ 6 Million To Colón
About $ 6 million will be charged in the coming days by the City of Colón to the developement company, Howard SA, in taxes for construction of the access road to the third bridge over the Atlantic canal sector, said Renet Ríos, Colón City Treasurer. Ríos said this company stalled ...

1151. (Corrupt) Court Tosses Cases Against Former Panama City ...
Panama's Second Superior Tribunal has thrown out (provisionally archived) forgery charges against the former Municipal Engineer of Panama City Jaime Salas and three other former government officials in a recent decision. Salas and three former officials were denounced by the American citizen Yana Franz, after they issued an occupancy permit ...

1152. Citizens Were Protesting To Request Moncada Luna's Resignation
Several people were protesting outside the Supreme Court of Justice on Friday noon. These citizens were demanding the resignation of Alejandro Moncada Luna, magistrate president of the Court. The constitutionalist lawyer Miguel Antonio Bernal was at the place, as well as the presidential candidate Juan Jované, the leaders Olga Gólcher ...

1153. The CD Wants To Keep Everything Underground And ...
"The strategy of the Democratic Change Party of preventing officials from the Executive Branch from coming to the Assembly is product of the lack of transparency of the Democratic Change in the last five years.” This was reported by the deputy Jorge Alberto Rosas, who talked about cost overruns in ...

1154. Varela And Banfield Are Against The Titling Of ...
The Vice-President of the Republic and presidential candidate for the Panameñista Party, Juan Carlos Varela, gave his opinion on Tuesday, June 18, after finding out about the construction of the Six Senses hotel on a preserved area in the Ngäbe-Buglé Reservation. He said if he wins the 2014 elections he ...

1155. Martinelli Proves He Has Control Over The Legislative ...
“After I leave [the interview] I’m going to call deputy Sergio Gálvez [president of the National Assembly], because this project must go on.” With these words Ricardo Martinelli proved he has control over the Legislative Branch. He did it yesterday during his appearance in Telemetro. The President was referring to ...

1156. The Court Of Auditors Ordered A Seizure Of ...
The court of auditors ordered the seizure of assets from the former Mayor of the city, Boso Ricardo Vallarino, member of the Panameñista Political Party, after certain irregularities were detected during his management, which affected the property of the State by approximately $615 thousand. This measure, established through a resolution ...

1157. "Presents" For All The CD Members
The existence of a warehouse at the Naval Base in Rodman, in the Pacific, with containers filled with food, furniture, appliances and all kinds of presents who are allegedly going to be distributed to deputies, mayors and government representatives, sparked up a controversy among opposition politicians and spokesmen from the ...

1158. The Controversial Letter Written By A Jesuit About ...
The Jesuit priest Jorge Sarsanedas Del Cid recognized he was the author of a letter sent to the Pope Francis, in which he warns about the repressions on vulnerable groups and the corruption during Ricardo Martinelli’s government. The President will meet on Saturday with the first bishop of the Catholic ...

1159. Corruption hobbles development, generates other crimes - top ...
The world's largest biennial gathering of delegates in the global fight against corruption opened in Panama today with the United Nations top crime fighter warning that the scourge not only hobbles sustainable development but generates other crimes. “Corruption is the thief of economic and social development; stealing the opportunities of ...

1160. Belgis Castro Is Summoned For The Glass Fiber ...
Cesar Samudio, lawyer of the former Minister of Education, Belgis Castro, confirmed the former Minister was summoned to go to trial by the Third Circuit Court of Chiriqui for the crime of embezzlement for the removal of glass fiber. "This is part of the routine of the hearings," said Samudio. ...

1161. A Complaint Was Filed Against Moncada Luna For ...
The president of the Popular Party, Milton Henríquez, filed a complaint before the National Assembly against the president of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), Alejandro Moncada Luna, for overstepping his role. The complaint was filed after the ruling issued by Moncada Luna through the Third Chamber of the CSJ, ...

1162. Complaint Filed To The Administration Of Navarro
The lawyer, Alejandro Pérez, a member of the Panamanian Party, filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor for alleged acts of corruption committed during the administration of the Mayor of Panama on charges of Juan Carlos Navarro, during 2001-2006. Pérez explained part of the evidence submitted to the Public Prosecutor's ...

1163. The Government Does Not Update Its Registries
85% of the government institutions have not complied with their public commitment of updating their registries of payrolls and travel expenses under the transparency link of the Office of the Ombudsman. The National Assembly, for example, has not updated its information for two years. The same goes with the Agricultural ...

1164. Recording Confirms Negotiations Between Rica Martinelli With Lavítola ...
According to a recording currently being handled by the Prosecutors in Italy you can hear Ricardo “Rica” Martinelli Linares (the President’s son) talking with Valter Lavítola and Mauro Velocci –representative of the Italian company Svemark– about contracts with the Government. The recording confirms the participation of the President’s son in ...

1165. Martinelli Will Request A Report On His Trip ...
President Ricardo Martinelli reacted to the article published in La Prensa by the Spanish journalist Juan Solés, based in Rome, in which he said there are witnesses who saw the president near the location where Valter Lavítola is serving house arrest. Martinelli, through his Twitter account, said he requested Italy ...

1166. Millions Of Dollars Spent In Unnecessary Purchase In ...
The Ministry of Healht (MINSA) bought with “utmost urgency” a total of 126,250 rapid tests to detect antibodies of the HIV and hepatitis B and C, for a total of 2.5 million dollars, equivalent to $18.50 for each kit, without including taxes. This acquisition would have been recorded as another ...