Panamas double jeopardy scenario

Boss Martinelli and Buffalo Galvez

 
1,153Views 6Comments Posted 08/08/2018

It’s a frightening thought that Panama’s electoral system which enables nonperforming lawmakers to feed at the public trough for decades also supports what could be labeled “double jeopardy” for the citizenry.

The latest revelation shows that nothing prevents ex-president Ricardo Martinelli  the deputy Sergio Chello Gálvez from running for deputies for Cambio Democrático (CD) and, at the same time, running for another position as  “free” or “independent.” A thin line between the terms free and independent clears the way.

Electoral Tribunal (TE) magistrate Alfredo Juncá explained that in Panama there has been a "small distortion" of the term.

There is no "independent" term, but there  is "free" application."They are candidates or free application, not independent candidates. The independent character is given by the pre-candidate based on his programmatic work platform. If there is a person running for the free nomination, but who has links with a political party, it is perfectly legal, "he told La Prensa. Figure that out and join Mensa.

His colleague Eduardo Valdés Escoffery supports the thesis: "there is no philosophical or substantive contradiction because in Panama our system is one of free application, not independent."

Gálvez aspires to be re-elected as a member of the circuit 8-7 through CD, and will also seek to be a representative of the Chorrillo corregimiento as a free candidate. He also intends to run for Deputy Mayor of  Martinelli, who will seek signatures to obtain the candidacy for the City Hall post for free application. The ex-president is already a CD  precandidate for deputy of the circuit 8-8.

Gálvez, who likes to boast of being a “sexual buffalo” has notoriously spent scores of thousands of government funds bribing his Chorrillo constituents with Christmas hams while he hops from one party to another.

"Boss "Martinelli's record needs no introduction appears to have forgotten that he is no longer at the helm and from his virtual presidential palace in El Renacer prison continues to harass opponents, not with wiretaps but multi-million dollar criminal lawsuits.

Could Panama voters be so off-kilter as to elect the pair to office, or is it finally an opportunity to publicly disown both “CD/independents”?

The position of the TE magistrates opened a debate among connoisseurs of the electoral law.

Former TE Magistrate Denis Allen, for example, mentioned several things. First, he assured that free application and independent, "in the end, is almost the same." "Until now it had been understood on the basis that if they were independent, it is because they were not from a party. Which is what we understand in common sense, "he said.

He also warned that accepting the two figures [nomination by a party and by free nomination] creates advantages for people who have a partisan platform and, at the same time, resources and forces to go independently.

"The real independents are going to be against the wall, or they will see a wall against them because they will face quasi-independents who have a machine behind them," he said.



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George Klauck

Link below: The 'Knockout' that Roux did not answer. https://impresa.prensa.com/…/Knockout-Roux-respondio_0_5097… The 37 questions Romulo Roux refused to answer some relating to the association and corruption of the CD party founded by former president Ricardo Martinelli. Ricardo Martinelli is under investigation for wire tapping 150 people including: Judges...Lawyers...Businessmen...Journalists and other crimes. I mentioned in my previous comments with NEWSROOM PANAMA the need to TAKE DOWN Ricardo Martinelli and the network, including all network operators within Cambio Democratico, founded by Martinelli. TAKE DOWN the 10 candidates facing criminal probe running for the Panama presidential campaign in order to breakdown their insidious criminal network. TAKE DOWN Cambio Democratico candidates to stop their network of pacts and bribes and giving away hams and turkeys to influence votes from the Panama public funds. It is necessary, Panama should seriously consider voting for an independent candidate for a Panama president for the five year term of office. All candidates facing criminal probes, Ricardo Martinelli, his sons and inner circle should be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted aggressively in the shortest time possible before the new presidential election. This is the only way to ensure the breakup of all the National Assembly network operations that will only bring about the powerful elites and a dictator with his henchmen. Ricardo Martinelli has managed to help himself with a suitcase of cold $$$ cash and $600 million of Panama public funds and fled the country only to be extradited back to Panama to face justice. Ricardo Martinelli has now filed a lawsuit against the Panama Vice president for $20 million because his accounts are frozen and caused him damage. The 37 questions above is an excellent start and a much needed relief to the reality of the political situation now affecting Panama

10 months ago
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George Klauck

PANAMA | THE $65 BILLION PANAMA FUNDS - ??? Please elaborate the details of this $$$ amount disappearance. Panama fund disappearance would likely include all previous administrations. Panama Supreme Court would not likely do anything going back this far. Panama has too many current problems not able to deal with. Panama is pretty much dead in the water, has been with... Panama National Assembly deputies giving away hams and turkeys Panamanians who take the bribes do not see the wolves in their midst.

10 months ago
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drdias

Sergio Chello Gálvez has bought votes over and over with monies stolen and supplied by other Panamanians not in his district! He is nothing but a sick sociopath pig ripping off the peoples of Panama! He will use taxpayer funds to buy hams or turkeys for $20.00 each which he has bought wholesale at $8.00 then pocketing the $12.00! He has done this type of bait and switch funding ever since he has run for office! Politics in Panama it is all about lining their own pockets! Just like Martinelli, his family, and his associates who have ripped Panama off to the tune of upwards of $65 Billion in the last ten years!

10 months ago
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George Klauck

PANAMA | PARTISANSHIP RUN AMUCK This is not politics but partisanship... Acknowledged with a more accurate... This is not politics but a democracy run amuck for self enrichment and re-elections out of control.

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George Klauck

PANAMA | WILL THE REAL PARTY PLEASE STAND UP? Could it be... CAMBIO DEMOCRATICO? Cambio Democratico is a notorious party founded by former president Martinelli. Notorious because of a scandal of a unaccounted public theft of $247 million. National Assembly deputies have united against the General Comptroller. National Assembly deputies re-elected Yanibel Abrego. Yanibel Abrego prevented the General Comptroller from an audit investigation. Cambio Democratico uses public funds to get re-elected by giving away hams. Cambio Democratico independent or free has the network connection / machinery. Cambio Democratic will overwhelm... "The real independents are going to be against the wall, or they will see a wall against them because they will face quasi-independents who have a machine behind them." - NEWSROOM PANAMA Panama political candidates are known for hopping for the party with the most $$$. Cambio Democratico founder Martinelli has Pegasus spy equipment information. Pegasus spy equipment purchased through PAN which no longer exists. Pegasus spy equipment information used against judges, journalists...150 people. Martinelli was extradited from the U.S. and held in El Renecer prison, flight risk! Martinelli is suing Panama Vice president for $20 million, his accounts frozen. Martinelli uses information to make threats and delays justice with his lawyers (8). 10 candidates facing criminal probes...join CD party to gain political immunity. Cambio Democratico founder Ricardo Martinelli / El Renecer detainee and N.A. President Yanibel Abrego have met to discuss a plan or an agenda during a meeting while at the hospital for treatment. Ricardo Martinelli surrounded himself with a battery of lawyers for his defense and protection of his $600 million of Panama public funds he fled with to the U.S. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Political Assessment Facts: Martinelli has strong support from Cambio Democratico he founded. Martinelli met with N.A. re-elected President Yanibel Abrego. Martinelli running for Mayor of Panama four provinces. Martinelli running for election while a detainee at El Renecer prison. Martinelli vs Panama Vice President in a law suit for $20 million - his frozen accts. Martinelli threatens Supreme Court Judge and witnesses with revelations / info. Martinelli CD party and N.A. deputies bribes voters with ham and appliances. Martinelli / Abrego have a vast network with deputies, lawyers, and candidates. 10 candidates facing criminal probes running for President of Panama. Political direction: Martinelli and Abrego may capitalize with aid to farmers for political support. Martinelli and Abrego, new Panama president may force General Comptroller into retirement or force compromise the General Comptroller audit investigation. Martinelli election as Mayor offers strong chance of winning $20 million lawsuit. Martinelli as Mayor will continue to find various avenues to self enrichment to the detriment of Panama. Martinelli will continue to garner support from his inner pact and his political henchmen. Interesting note: U.S. / Panama / Latin America United States has to contend with espionage, intellectual property theft and probability of war due to a foreign nation propensity for a chemical attack. China intellectual property theft: China demands I.P. from U.S. corporations doing business in China. China buys U.S. corporations with I.P., a U.S. national security risk. China has U.S. technology and is used to hack computers against the: U.S. Pentagon...military bases...banks / financial institutions...corporations. China benefits from an unfair trade deal with tremendous $$$ surplus. China has gained U.S. manufacturing jobs. China manipulated its currency for trade advantages. Russia embassies has operatives collecting data base information U.S. / Global. Russia has meddled with election fraud in U.S. and abroad. Russian embassies has recently been expelled due to chemical attacks in the United Kingdom against several of its citizens. Russia may have had collusions with U.S. politicians and generals. Russia supported Latin dictators with $billions in military arsenals. Russia is facing new rounds of sanctions from the U.S. in mid August. Analysis: The United States...China...Russia...Panama are in an espionage war of collecting information and intellectual property theft. Panama former president Martinelli is mainly interested in his agenda of asserting his powers with revelations against any who oppose him. Ricardo Martinelli greed for power and espionage information will be no match in the interest of the United States national security. The United States may also be at war with Iran. Iran is presently under sanction with more sanctions forth coming Unfortunately, A new Panama president, national Assembly, Cambio Democratico will involve the unity of all Latin nations to preserve the status quo of Panama with all its inner circle corruption and public fund thefts. The possibility of war with the United States and Panama / United Latin nations will result in Latin populations decimated for the U.S. and global national security interests.

10 months ago
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Richard Charron

This stuff is actually getting boring. This is not politics but partisanship and corruption run amuck.

10 months ago
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