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Sep 19, 2016

P.U.P. Parliamentarians Deliver Statements to Integrity Commission

One of the events by the People’s United Party to mark National Service Day was the handing over of reports on assets and liabilities held by Opposition parliamentarians. It is a symbolic gesture made to the Integrity Commission which has been defunct since 2011. In fact, the last chairman to the Commission was attorney B.Q. Pitts, who is now deceased. The most recent excuse given by the government as to why the Commission remains dormant is that it has been unable to enlist an accountant to sit on it. This morning, P.U.P. leader John Briceño told the media he is declaring his financial standing and the PM and his ministers should do the same.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“We have decided that today, on National Service Day that we the parliamentarians are going to Belmopan to present our report to the National Integrity Commission. I think it is important more than ever when the people are very concerned about the level of corruption that is presently rocking this nation. I think it is something symbolical; a symbolic gesture on our part to be able to present it even though we do not have an Integrity Commission we are going to go to Belmopan. Some of our leaders are already on their way to Belmopan so that we can meet there hopefully by eleven-thirty as a group to deliver our report.”

 

Reporter

“We know that there are ways of concealing assets and incomes, in terms of one can for example benefit from a company but it is a shell company or it is in your family’s name…there are ways of obfuscating your true earnings. For example your family is the owner of one of the largest telecommunications enterprises…”

 

John Briceño

John Briceño

“There are only two…”

 

Reporter

“But from a cable perspective as well…the footprint of your family’s cable company—it has a monopoly from Ladyville up to into Corozal Town and the cable company continues to the free zone. It’s a huge company, it is huge enterprise; a part of the vast telecommunication enterprise that the Briceño’s own. Will you disclose the beneficial arrangement that you have with this company?”

 

John Briceño

“Well I have never hidden the fact Jules that my brother and I started out this company way back in 1989 and because of hard work and proper investments, we have expanded our company to where it is today. But I can tell you that we never got a dollar from government, we never got any development concession; we did not get any assistance from the government more than them providing a license for us to operate. And I can assure you that my holdings in those companies are going to be listed in my report.”

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