A group called Independents for Change which is promoting attack ads on Vice President Juan Carlos Varela", is a political mischief" says Panama’s Deputy Minister of Government, Javier Tejeira.
Saloman Shamah, although not a Minister, a close advisor to President Martinelli.The group is believed by many commentators and analysts, to be the brainchild of tourism manager
The vice minister on the program Sunday Open Debate on Channel 4 , in Panama, said: "there are things that are not talked about” and lamented that last week the media highlighted the theme of the attack ads on Varela.Instead of publishing significant events in which the president participated - like the delivery of new garbage compactor trucks..
That day, the president publicly asked Varela to resign as vice president and told local media that a "man" must accept his responsibilities, Political analyst Jose Blandon said on the debate program that is not the government that decides what is news, but the media. "It takes criticism of the government to help them understand that when you are the wrong the prices is high," he added.