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May 25, 2017

Why is Government Silent on Incident?

Mark Lizarraga

The political fallout in the wake of that very regrettable incident sheds light on the utter lack of respect for the so-called Honorable House.  It also emphasizes a lack of adequate security for observers, witnesses and parliamentarians themselves.  To make matters worse, an entire week has gone by and there has been no official word from the government on the embarrassing episode.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator for Business Community

“The silence, to me, by those that are in positions to bring law and order is disappointing.  One would have expected that after the meetings with the Speaker and the President, with the police or with the Minister of Police, one would have expected a statement from somebody in authority saying this type of behavior will not be tolerated or will not be allowed to continue. I was reading this message from Pope Francis and I shared it with you, and let me read it if I may.  The Pope says tenderness is not weakness, it is fortitude.  It is the path to solidarity, the path of humility.  He said loudly and clearly, he says, the more powerful you are the more your actions will have an impact on people.  The more responsible you are to act humbly, if you don’t, your power will ruin you and ruin others.  He said, power is like drinking gin on an empty stomach, you feel dizzy.  You get drunk.  You lose your balance and you will end up hurting yourself and those around you if you don’t conduct your power with humility and tenderness.  I think this is a message that we should all listen to and contemplate.”

 

On Wednesday, the People’s United Party wrote to the Speaker of the House, Laura Longsworth, calling for the immediate termination of “Yellow Man’ as Sergeant at Arms for the House of Representatives due to his behavior inside the National Assembly.

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