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Sep 11, 2014

Minister Patrick Faber Under Fire in the Senate

Despite what seems to be the best efforts of the Police, and no official or unofficial comment from the government, Minister of Education Patrick Faber remains in the hot seat. The senior U.D.P. official is accused of choking and punching a female employee of the Ministry of Education, one with who he was allegedly in a relationship. Police have stated that because the complainant withdrew the report to Police, it doesn’t exist. Faber agrees. In an interview on Monday he told the media that as far as he was concerned, the matter was private, and done with. But it wasn’t done with in the Senate today, where Opposition Senator Lisa Shoman challenged her colleagues to join her in speaking out against domestic abuse, no matter who the abuser is.

 

Lisa Shoman, Senator, People’s United Party

Lisa Shoman

“The Police have a public duty regardless of who is involved, regardless of whether it is a Minister of Government, an aspiring politician, someone who is wealthy, someone who is poor…no matter who it is the Police has a public duty to investigate any complaint made by any person against another where there is an allegation of violence, assault or abuse, whether the complainant withdraws the complaint or not. The fact, Mr. President that a complaint was made in the first place is a serious thing and it cannot be ignored, and the Police have no right to pretend that it does not exist because it was withdrawn. If there are witnesses the Police must interview the witnesses. The Police and Human Services must get involved to speak to the complainant to find out what has occurred, to speak to the alleged perpetrator to find out what happened. Nothing less will suffice.  Mr. President, I will accuse myself. Where I have been silent in the past I was wrong. I was not right. I should have spoken. I will never again keep silence on this issue. I don’t care who is involved. I don’t care if it is a member of my Party, your Party or any Party.”

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4 Responses for “Minister Patrick Faber Under Fire in the Senate”

  1. TeresaMf says:

    If a man hits a woman whether it is reported to the police of not it is not acceptable, and the police should file charges and uphold those charges even if the woman withdraws the charge. The law has to be exacted on the perpetrator of the crime. Domestic Violence is a very devious issue as men will condone the act in their favor thinking it is acceptable… it does not matter what stature the man has in society, he should be held accountable to the full extent of the law PERIOD. Most women are afraid of continued battery if fear if they report the act or ashamed to report… and that is why Law enforcement when apprised of such a situation should without the woman’s charge, arrest and enact due punishment. It is a shame that this public figure can brazenly stand out and publicly state that it is over and done with because she withdrew her charge of battery by him and for him to say it was a private matter so he should go unpunished… he most likely threatened her into withdrawing her complaint with further battery and created the fear within her… after all it is Belize this is going on in RIGHT? Figures… we shall see how this plays out… probably nothing will happen… he will continue with his cushy position and no shame at all… NO SHAME… now worthy of his position or the concept of being a MAN… downright shameful…

  2. dats just gud says:

    what part of “the complaint was withdrawn” Lisa does not understand…..for example, if somebody giving me $100.00 and I don’t want it; why would you be annoyed that I don’t want it????

    now since they like to investigate, they could investigate why the complaint was withdrawn……….

  3. kmh says:

    Kudos to Senator Shoman for her stance. I don’t know why everyone looks at everything in isolation in Belize. If Faber hit and choked this woman, surely he has done it before. Violence may have played a role in his separation from his wife. Friends, neighbors and family know… and everyone covers everything up. He either intimidated this employee threatening her job, or paid her to withdraw charges. Either way is this a good role model for Belizean youth? Not in my book. But at least the women of Belize can be proud of Lisa Shoman, even if she was silent before.

  4. Retired CEO says:

    Senator Shoman is absolutely right, domestic violence is not party politics, this is an act of violence against all of society. Women abuse is an act not to be taken lightly, The police has a legal and moral responsibility to investigate this matter. Apparently, the Minister of Education has no moral sense of responsibility. Here he is posing in this photograph with his hand almost on the thighs of this young woman, an employee under his command. Mr. Minister where is your sense of moral dignity. Being human and young has absolutely nothing to do with your reckless,abusive and immoral behavior perpetrated against women.

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