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Feb 9, 2011

Santino Castillo fired from post as B.T.B.’s Deputy Chairman

Santino Castillo

Late reports to News Five indicate that Santino Castillo, well known businessman and co-host of Channel Five’s KTV Latino, has been abruptly fired from his position as deputy chairman of the Belize Tourism Board. Castillo reportedly received a handed delivered letter from Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Jr. today informing him that his services were no longer needed. No reason was given for his removal. When contacted this evening Castillo had no comment other than to confirm that his appointment is terminated as of February fifteenth. Due to the lateness of the hour we were unable to solicit an explanation from Minister Heredia. Castillo, who served as B.T.B. Chairman from 1984 to 1989 under then minister Henry Young, was appointed as deputy chairman at the beginning of the current U.D.P. term. When Chairman Lindsay Garbutt was named C.E.O. in the ministry last month it was widely believed that Castillo would be elevated to the top post. Instead the job was given to veteran hotelier Mariam Roberson. Castillo earned a reputation within tourism circles as a straight shooter who was not afraid to voice his opinions, particularly on matters related to the stewardship of B.T.B. funds. He is a stalwart U.D.P. supporter who has run unsuccessfully for his party in national elections. In related news, on Tuesday, fellow board member Stanley Longsworth Jr. was also fired. Longsworth, like Castillo, was known as one of the more independent minded members of the B.T.B.

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14 Responses for “Santino Castillo fired from post as B.T.B.’s Deputy Chairman”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Does this mean we are getting to the bottom of the Carnival fiasco?

  2. Lindsay Howard says:

    Not good. We need independent people on boards such as the BTB – people who are not controlled by a political party – who can think objectively and creatively, people who are there to protect the industry and make sure it’s managed for the benefit of all Belizeans, not just a few.

    Bad move UDP. You’re showing your true colors.

  3. Josie says:

    It appears that the government and the BTB does not like to be told the way it is. I believe castillo being a successful businessman has broad knowledge of how to run the tourism board in Belize

  4. cg says:

    next thing you know, you can’t unseat Barrow cause he has taken full power of the country lol…guess he want to spend all the money thats left before he leave office or maybe he’ll just mess up the elections….this whole UDP, PUP thing is poison for this country..poor Belize

  5. Justice says:

    I know Santino and he speaks as he sees it. Maybe he should change party as in the UDP you have to speak their language and think like them. You become robotic. Too many unexplained moves but then guess we will soon here that some relation of the PM got the job. same story same ending same corruption!

  6. UDP has to go... says:

    The Minister should fire himself… What has he done for Tourism?

  7. cane farner says:

    why are all the comments about udp? this is a serious issue and only politics is on peopls minds.

  8. Greedy says:

    Selfless and honest citizens are an endangered species among politicians and people in power. Only a handful of those in power truly love Belize and want to see this country prosper, above all else. Most of our Ministers are simply in power to enrich themselves, their friend and families. They are nothing but small scale Mubarek!

  9. madame says:

    Dean Barrow is a dictator and he treats our country Belize like a prostitute in the tourism arena. He sells our country short and should be arrested for treason.

  10. The People Had Enough says:


  11. daveyt says:

    Papa Doc Barrow wants only “YES” men in the BTB, and all the other Ministries. This is how Hitler started his reign of terror! Right now those who may oppose him, or refuse to keep quiet will simply be fired, but soon, they will ‘disappear’, or wind up in custody on jumped up charges of corruption, fraud, misuse of public funds etc. (They can’t get a Money Laundering conviction, despite paying millions for the useless FIU, so they’ll work on something even more vague to charge them with). Once it is in their interests to get the convictions done, and the ‘No’ men locked away, you just see how efficient the DPP and Prosecution become! Guaranteed, there will be no Nolle Prosque, or lack of evidence.

    You have been warned Belize!

    I hope Mr. Castillo now sees the light, checks his business accounts to see how much the UDP & govt. owe. Then puts the G.O.B. on ‘Cash Only” indefinately, as I am sure they owe his company a fair amoount of money!

  12. shy says:

    Mr. Castillo is an excellent business man n knows what he is doing at btb its a dam shame that if u don’t agree with everything that is being shoved down at u and that u have a mind of your own that u get fired for it .

  13. mayagial says:

    I must say that they remove the people who can do the job and they place in people who don´t have a clue!.It is like that in almost any work related department on the government end. SHAME!,that is why we get no where in this Country.

  14. Mustard Stand says:

    i agree with Madam, If anyone should be fired, it should be Heredia.. It will be interesting to see how and when they sell out the tourism buz to cruiseships, but, remember, we will have a few more weathly politicians in this country. If you in polyis, you gets money…It’s all about the money.. Belizeans need to start standing up, and not just for a day…………Its politically prostitution.. they be the—————— we pay for them………… think about it……………..take the money and run….. they no run either, who gonna charge them with crime???????????/ the well paid for family of lawyers?/ and we have had lawyers run this country for years……..hey, it is a legal way to “STEAL”..

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