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Apr 22, 2015

V.I.P. Gets Set to Hit the Streets

Patrick Rogers

This morning, the V.I.P. jumped on board with the church, unions, business sector and P.U.P. – at least when it comes to roundly criticizing the Petrocaribe Bill. At a press conference called to express the Party’s stance on the bill and other issues, the candidates on hand pulled no punches. The V.I.P. says that by creating a special fund with the Petrocaribe Loan Act, G.O.B. has effectively removed all oversight and turned the money into a public/private slush fund. And the third party declared itself ready and willing to lead the charge and take the fight to the streets.

 

Patrick Rogers, Candidate, V.I.P.

“The almighty loan agreement which kicked it all off…a document which was signed by the Executive but was never taken to the National Assembly to be legitimized. So this is a bastard pickney here…this loan agreement which has governed their actions from 2012 to 2014 is illegitimate. It didn’t go to the House. This was illegal and every action by the government using this as their justification for the manner in which they were handing the Petrocaribe monies. If this is illegal then consequently any claim with this as backup for why you’re doing what you’re doing cannot be legal as well. Hence the reason for the matter being taken before the Supreme Court. And before the Court can rule on it now…bam si deh…Petrocaribe Loans Act 2015 – here to the rescue. All the laws that have been passed since this government has taken office have been about centralizing the power in that almighty Cabinet. We’ve made the argument that matters before the Court should not be legislated. The Judiciary should be allowed to vent this matter and determine if it was in violation or contravention with the laws of the land. But again we see with Sections four through six where the government of the day has effectively rendered the Judiciary useless because it’s apparent now that whenever there are violations with any sitting government this Barrow government has set the trend that you don’t have to take it to litigation in the Court…you could just take it to legislation in the House.”

 

Hubert Enriquez

Hubert Enriquez, Candidate, V.I.P.

“We are in an ominous situation. The Bill is a draconian law. It is in our opinion a law that is designed to enrich a few chosen elites and it is in our opinion a slush fund simply for the purpose of campaigning and winning elections that are imminently going to be held. So we must campaign against this law. We have within ourselves resolved that the V.I.P. if nobody else is going to fight against this law to ensure that those sections which my brother spoke about are repealed.”

 

Patrick Rogers

“As of today, the V.I.P. desk is calling for solidarity with the N.T.U.C.B., with the Belize Chamber of Commerce, with the Council of Churches, all the social partners that claim they’re against this Bill…well noh just talk the talk, walk the walk – walk the walk because if we have to lead a charge inna dih streets, Mr. Prime Minister, that is what we’re going to do right now. At the end of it it’s an unjust law, and if the law is unjust the people of Belize have a right to resist it.”

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