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Jun 9, 2015

Toledo West Area Rep Says Macca Wasn’t Getting the Job Done in Dangriga

Oscar Requeña

Today, one of Ramos’ closer colleagues, Toledo West Area Representative Oscar Requeña, reiterated the Party’s position that in the end the choice to step down was made by Ramos. And while he didn’t go as far as to entertain the talk of a payoff for a resignation, Requeña openly suggests that Ramos wasn’t getting the job done in his constituency, so his departure was foretold.

 

Oscar Requeña, Area Representative, Toledo West

“He made a decision and at the end of the day, he was the one who had to make the decision and the decision was made by him and we have to move forward.”

 

Reporter

“Did he confer with any of you guys from the southern caucus before making that decision to resign his seat?”

 

Oscar Requeña

“All I can say is that we were in discussion for quite some time. In fact, myself and the honourable Rodwell met with him personally. We spoke as colleagues; I think we had a very frank discussion. And he said to us that it was a decision that he had to make and we made it absolutely clear that whatever decision he took—whether he decided to stay on—that we would support him or if he decided that he was going to step down that we would ask him to continue to support us and we would work with him as well. So it was purely a decision in his hands.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Are you in agreement with the party that the former honourable Ivan Ramos took money from Petrocaribe to step down?”

 

Oscar Requeña

“I would prefer not to comment on that matter. I don’t know.”

 

Reporter

“You all passed a resolution that no elected representative can be challenged, but yet the party approached him in terms of him considering to step down.”

 

Oscar Requeña

“Well I think that at the end of the day, we have to understand that when we are in the business of politics, we have to ensure that we have to be engaged with our people. At the end of the day, I think it was always made clear that there was a provision that all candidates will be endorsed, but that there was always the possibility that if the party felt or the executive, the people on the grounds felt that any of us were not meeting the expectations of the people that we would be subject to the discretion of the party in terms of deciding whether we would run or not, including myself.”

 

Later in the newscast, Ivan Ramos talks about the Petrocaribe money as he contemplates the Dangriga race.

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2 Responses for “Toledo West Area Rep Says Macca Wasn’t Getting the Job Done in Dangriga”

  1. Belizean PUP says:

    Come on!! Oscar did not say that Ramos was not doing his job. Reading much between lines???

  2. carlos says:

    The PUP should also consider the situation in Cayo West. There is also a candidate a few people endorsed in a convention long ago. This candidate is out of touch with the people in the constituent.

    But the problem is that the PUP leaders want to go into a constituent and impose their candidates to the people. On election day they will not come and vote for this person, its the people in the area that will vote and if the people do not agree with what the leaders of the party want , they will prefer not to vote. The leaders should do the best thing. They are out of touch with the people. How many times have the leaders ( especially Mr. F. Fonseca ) visited the villages like how Mr, Price used to do ?

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