OPINION: Lawmakers hidden skeletons

Where to hide the loot?

 
663Views 5Comments Posted 04/09/2018

Only 11 of the 71 deputies of the National Assembly have divulged the contents of their 080 form, [staffing report] and of those only four have explained in detail the role of the people who appear in their listings. The most shameful thing about these figures is that most of the pro-government deputies, that is, support the management of this government, remain opaque, hand in hand with their colleagues in Democratic Change and the PRD, in which only one deputy has revealed the details of his return. Why the mystery? What can these forms include that they refuse to disclose them? In what little is known until now nepotism abounds and the appointment of employees of personal companies of the deputies. The refusal to comply with the Transparency Law can only cover up crimes or embarrassments. Ladies and gentlemen, publish your forms now. Panamanians demand the truth … LA PRENSA Aug 4



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Richard Charron

IMHO this type of corruption is the principal tenet of most governments today. It is currently being publicized in this journal regarding Panama but many of the problems are endemic to governments world wide including the U.S. Perhaps a return to single term / no compensation service to country should be carefully considered.

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George Klauck

PANAMA | The U.S. Republican control of Congress and political outcome. Recently, l have learned the Republicans control the Senate seat by a vote of 51 to 49 for Democrats. Conservative Kavanaugh may be closer to confirmation as a new judge in the Supreme Court Justice. This may in turn favor president Trump's agendas in a positive direction for the U.S. protection of the Constitution and the economy and equally as important fair trade agreement. The Republicans 51 vote favor to the Democrats 49 leaves room for any party future vote on various policy issues. It is uncertain where this will lead in the continuing saga for the U.S. fair trade negotiations, but should be highly anticipating as both parties cling to power. Panama influence may line up with the U.S. fair trade agreement as long as the National Assembly plays by the rule of proper governance and public funds management. So far, this has left room for doubt with the Martinelli hearings delay tactics by a battery of 8 of Martinelli's lawyers vs apparently 1 prosecutor to attempt any indictment proceedings. Why the Panama court allow this unfair advantage should be in question in the name of fair play.

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George Klauck

PANAMA / U.S. : TRADE UNCERTAINTIES AND CONSEQUENCE Facts: The U.S. dollar rose; N.Y. oil barrel price rose. World trade exports suffered a decline for months. The U.S. / Canada / Mexico are negotiating a trade deal on Wednesday. World trade may have to adjusts exports and currencies to The U.S. / Canada / Mexico trade agreement. China and Asian exports continues to decline. World appears to be waiting for midterm elections to stall... The U.S. president Trumps agenda for a fair trade agreement. The U.S. Democrats may win midterm elections and stall The U.S. president efforts toward a progressive fair trade agreement. The U.S. Democrats will not budge for the U.S. president Trump agenda. The U.S. and World economies will suffer a nose dive. The U.S. president Trump will be blamed. The U.S. president Trump will inevitably face impeachment proceedings. The U.S. Democrats will proceed impeachment out of desperation. The U.S. Vice President may be president. The new U.S. President will determine direction of the trade agreement. The new U.S. President may continue with former president Trump's fair trade agreement prolonging the world exports decline. Conclusion: The U.S. Democrats will prolong the world exports decline. Panama will need to make economic adjustments and deal with the Cambio Democratico to face the challenges within its own government.

9 months ago
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George Klauck

PANAMA | CAMBIO DEMOCRATIC TAKEOVER To be brisk and general: Cambio Democratico knows with all the free money... Panama stands to be controlled financially in the hands of a few. Panama public funds is the catalysts that spells out the meaning without words. Cambio Democratico knows instinctively beyond words a new direction. C.D. knows for this reason they must protect their own with nepotism. Ex-president Martinelli CD pact is extraordinary to their benefit.

9 months ago
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mhogan

Best to come clean but suspect few will; for the politicians, it's more lucrative to remain swamp creatures. And I don't think Panama has the will (as yet) to drain the swamp--corruption is too endemic.

9 months ago
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