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Jun 22, 2017

Philip Willoughby’s Run Threatened by Health Issues

Is Belize City Council’s Superman Willoughby in or is he out of the U.D.P. Municipal? Last night, you heard Councilor Dion Leslie say that the current U.D.P. city councilors are united to offer themselves as a team on the U.D.P. ticket for the 2018 municipal elections. That united effort was seen on Wednesday when eight of the ten councilors went to the U.D.P. Secretariat to hand in their applications. Noticeably missing was long time councilor Philip Willoughby who has been in City Hall since 2006. Also missing was newcomer Alifa Elrington Hyde. Leslie indicated that both councilors had prior commitments, but are very much moving forward as one slate. While we have received multiple reports that Hyde may not be returning on that slate, or even returning at all, we haven’t been able to confirm such information. But today, when we caught up with Willoughby we asked him if he will be offering himself for the U.D.P. – he said that while he couldn’t make it yesterday because of work matters, there is another factor that may keep him away from municipal politics.


Philip Willoughby

Philip Willoughby, Councillor

“Over the past year, year and a half I have had three extensive major surgeries done. I need to know that the effort and the hard work that I give to this city at a minimum of three hundred percent moving. My doctor will need to clear me to say, ‘Phillip, you have the physical, and medical, and strength to do this type of work that you do every day.’ Because it is not just that you are going to meetings and you are at home and that type of thing. I am not that kind of Councillor.  I am saying, I exhaust myself and I burn myself out and I am not physically well to do that. And like I said, at my minimum I want to give three hundred percent. And it is like you are putting a horse in a race that wants to win a race but has a broken leg and can’t go.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, you are saying then – will you be offering or will you not be offering yourself?”


Philip Willoughby

“I am saying to you that after I get through with my doctors and they say I am up to standard with the way I move and the way I operate, then I can go and then I will go.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, at what point will you know that from your doctor?”


Philip Willoughby

“Well, one of the doctors is a specialist and he isn’t in the country.  So, I will touch base with one of the resident doctors here and if it is that he cannot make it here or whatever the case is and we need to do it conference; or I need to go to the facilities abroad then I do so. But in the interim for now, then I would have to wait and base my decision on the advice he would give me.”


Andrea Polanco

“So if you get your clearance from your doctor, we will  be sure to see Phillip Willoughby on the U.D.P. ticket?”


Philip Willoughby

“Yes. I will be asking you for your support and the residents of the city to escort us back to City Hall for one more term.”


The deadline for applications for U.D.P. hopefuls is next Friday. Willoughby said that he is hopeful that he will be able to meet that deadline granted that he gets the clearance he needs.

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