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Sep 6, 2017

Belmopan’s John Saldivar sides with Vega over constituent Amy Forte

John Saldivar

Standing firmly in Vega’s corner is Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar.  Saldivar has been an ally of Gapi Vega since his unsuccessful attempt at deputy leadership of the United Democratic Party.  Not only does Saldivar say that should Vega offer himself once again for candidacy in Orange Walk North that he would win, he also says that the questionable land transaction involving Amy Forte is of her own making.

 

John Saldivar, Belmopan Area Representative

“Gaspar Vega has been accused but he has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing or corruption, except of course in the court of media opinion.  Whenever the time comes for Gaspar Vega to defend himself in any court of law, if that‘s where it reaches, I‘m sure he‘ll be able to acquit himself adequately.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, but you‘re running the public opinion court, as well…”

 

John Saldivar

“And that is what is proven here today whenever Monchy Cervantes thinks he can beat Gaspar Vega, he can come at the next election time. That is where the court of public opinion has its say.”

 

Reporter

“So, you support Mr. Vega if he says I want to run again in Orange Walk North.”

 

John Saldivar

“I have absolutely no difficulty if Mr. Vega wants to run again in Orange walk North.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, but we have to agree to certain facts, Mr. Vega was forced to resign from your cabinet at the time when he was the Deputy Prime Minister.”

 

 

John Saldivar

“I will not deal with your view of what took place then, he is no longer in cabinet, he can speak for himself but I am not sure that he was forced.” 

 

Reporter

“What now about the 7 acres of land at Mosquito Caye that his son is now being forced to return?”

 

John Saldivar

“I will not get into the details of any accusations that the media has made against Mr. Vega; like I said if it comes to the time when he has to defend himself in the court of law, I’m sure he can do so well. I think you know by now that the person who made that accusation refuses to give a statement to the police, refuses to give a statement to the Attorney General and we are also aware now that the person who was the agent on her behalf was her own partner.”

 

Reporter

“But sir, now you have leadership aspirations yourself, explain to me aren’t you afraid that perhaps the contagion that has affected Mr. Vega in the court of public opinion will also now taint you because now you are standing up for him.”

 

 

John Saldivar

“Absolutely not, because as I have told you, you guys may have convicted him but I am sure that the public opinion has not done likewise, But I think a lot of times the media like to think that they are the electorate. But the electorate will show itself on election day.

 

Reporter

“John with all the accusations against Mr. Vega do you believe he has said a while ago that if it is the people’s will he will run again. Do you believe that Mr. Vega can still win for Ornange Walk North?”

 

 

John Saldivar

“Absolutely he is the leader of Orange Walk North; in fact I will say that he is the leader of the north.”

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