OPINION: In search of corruption status quo

 
248Views 6Comments Posted 30/12/2018

The year 2018 leaves the country an unforgivable debt in the fight against corruption. On the one hand, the bills on the imprescritibility of corruption offenses, civil death and the extinction of ownership over assets whose origin cannot be justified, were shelved in a commission of the National Assembly. On the other hand, the Executive was in default with several initiatives promised in the campaign and also failed to comply with the five bills that the National Authority on Transparency and Access to Information developed more than two years ago. What is our political class afraid of? More than rulers concerned with protecting public interests and seeking the common good, it seems that the intention is to maintain the status quo of impunity. Until the Panamanians do not understand that corruption in all its forms is the most expensive tax that exists, because it pays in lost lives for lack of medicines, destinations truncated by lack of education or a society subsidized in all its forms or laden with poverty for the overpricing of public contracts, the waste and the impudence will continue. In 2019 we are the citizens who must demand that this agenda be resumed, and act consistently at the polls, on May 5. – LA PRENSA.Dec.30

 



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Ramona Rhoades

Nope.

3 months ago
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mhogan

A smidgen of a green-eyed monster? Typical of socialist-minded libs. Trumps are rich; live with it.

3 months ago
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Ramona Rhoades

You are right, Paul. Also, his own "personal resorts" make millions off every trip he makes to one of them. Not just foreign diplomats but foreign "business associates" and his own entourage. As for his businesses suffering because he is not running them? Dream on! His kids are still "hands on" and you had better believe he does not turn over big business decisions to them or anyone else.

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PedasiPaul

Do you think Trump loses money on his D.C. hotel, where foreign diplomats spend money hand over fist? By refusing to put his properties in a blind trust, was he placing the public interest above his own financial interest? As far as cost to taxpayers for protecting the Trump family, it far exceeds what was spent on the Obamas by a projected hundreds of millions of dollars, according to Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/cost-of-protecting-trump-secret-service-2017-2

3 months ago
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mhogan

Except the one leader you choose to consider your antagonist -- President Donald J. Trump. He gives his presidential salary to charity; foregoes many personal pleasures (unlike his precessor who used the "peoples' house" to party, vacationing in lavish resorts like Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii -- with a security and personal Entourage of dozens to maintain their comfort and image, and on and on), President Trump either stays in the White House to take care of business or relaxes in his own, personal resort. Moreover, he loses millions, maybe billions from being out of his business element. Hey, but don't let me dissuade you from despising him for his "lies"; which I suspect are more exaggeration than purposeful lying and possibly more a case of "winging" figures he's not quite sure of. Not exactly like the "you can keep your doctor" liar-in-chief!

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Ramona Rhoades

People vote for a particular politician because they figure he/she is so rich, so powerful they will be incorruptible. HA! What the voters fail to understand is that these people are rich because no matter how much they have, it is NOT enough. Whatever they have it is not enough power, money, property, status. It is the same the world over. "What do you want? MORE".

3 months ago
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