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Sep 1, 2011

9th Amendment Road Show meets opposition in Orange Walk

The public hearings for the Ninth Amendment were held on Wednesday night in Orange Walk Town.  Of the three held so far, it was the biggest and lengthiest going well past the midnight hour. The views expressed were overwhelmingly against the proposed change to the constitution. The sea of blue washed across the multi-purpose centre against the Ninth outnumbering the ayes coming from the other side. Chairman of the proceedings was Minister Patrick Faber. News Five’s Jose Sanchez has a report.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The consultations on the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution are moving full steam ahead from district to district. On Wednesday night there were fervent support and some rejection for the ninth at the Multi Purpose Center. The Opposition had a stronger showing than it did at the Corozal town hall meeting.

Amos Pacheco, Guinea Grass

Amos Pacheco

“Why do the ninth amendment of section seventeen of the constitution already provides for the nationalization. Does this reflect that the government does not want to compensate? My observation for this is that I strongly support nationalization, but every individual and business has the right to redress and compensation. My other point under the judicial dimension is why government is promoting parliamentary supremacy under the proposed amendment of section two? Is this amendment a gateway for the government to introduce preventative detention or criminals or for the government to promote its new agenda.”

Carlos Peralta

Carlos Peralta, JP, Commissioner of Supreme Court

“I come tonight in full support of our government and for one purpose the acquisition of public utilities. And I support the government one hundred percent.”

Narelli Gonzalez

“First of all, we will no longer be served by the P.U.P. I, Narelli Gonzalez, support ninth amendment.”

David Madrid

David Madrid

“I have to congratulate the present government on listening to the people on the sixth, seventh and eighth amendment. That being said, I have to wonder why those amendments were every presented in the first place. What type of leadership and who are making those agreements when the overwhelming public disagreed with you? As we look at the ninth amendment, already there are certain portions that a stricken that are taken out. Based on your history or your batting average of zero, how are we suppose to embrace this ninth amendment when you are already dissecting them?”

Servulo Baeza

Servulo Baeza, Former Minister

“I wonder if they know how we will pay for these utilities. Will the government raise taxes or borrow money? If we are going to borrow money, I would like to know where and what rates it’s gonna cost us. Are we gonna cut down on the salary of our public servants so that we can pay for these utilities? Are we gonna cut down on the budget of education or on the budget of health services? Where are we gonna find the money to pay for these utilities.”

Angel Jimenez, Guinea Grass

Angel Jimenez

“When I see this amendment, perhaps the government is not certain why. The solicitor general painted this orange and it is so good. Now we are cutting corners and I feel that we are still gonna continue cut corners. It doesn’t matter if you take a portion of the peel of an orange, it is still an orange. Dealing with Belizean rights, you have to be careful.

Ecolano Rodriguez

“I, Ecolano Rodriguez, do not support number nine amendment.”

Ted Perelta

Ted Perelta, Orange Walk Central

“I, Ted Peralta of Orange Walk Central do not support the ninth amendment because the constitution at section seventeen already authorizes the government to acquire public utilities.”

Santiago Baizar

“The people of Belize accept the nationalization if it is nationalization and not familization of the utilities of Belize. This had been to me a distraction for the people because we want jobs, we want better education, we want less crime in our country Mister Chairman. For this I say no to the ninth amendment.”

Marcel Cardona, Orange Walk East Area Repsesentative

Marcel Cardona

“The problem that the current U.D.P. government has with the current existing laws; in particular the provisions of the Belize constitution is that the government is willfully refusing to follow the provisions of the constitution which requires that when a government compulsorily acquire private property for a public purpose, it must one: do so out of pure necessity and not wanton capri or mere ego and two; it must do so under a law which prescribes the principles and manner in which reasonable compensation therefore is to be determine and given within a reasonable time.”

Judith Novelo

Judith Novelo, Orange Walk Central

“Mister Carlos Peralta needs to know how to treat a lady.  I am here tonight to say that I do not support the ninth amendment. Why? Because government has never offered no explanation why they need to amend section two of the constitution which is the supreme law section on the constitution. For this reason I say NO, NO, NO, NO, NO to the ninth amendment.”

The spirit of nationalism and the debate on the Ninth will continue will people prepare for September tenth. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

The next stop for the consultations will be in Dangriga next week and government hopes to wind down in October, before the amendment goes back to the House.

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6 Responses for “9th Amendment Road Show meets opposition in Orange Walk”

  1. Rod says:

    Useless corrupt udp gov. All thiefs out barrow out vega out perdomo you three are a disgrace to the country of Belize all three of you should be put in jail for stealing and traitors to your country o I forgot you to perdomo selling passports is a crime you are committing treason you should be put in jail for 20years remember all unu pania this pm say he hates all Spanish people so remember that when you go to vote.

  2. belizeanpride says:

    bravo for my fellow orangewakenios my home town don’t let the regime of barrow lead to your own disaster also for the future of your own children to come.

  3. O.Walk observer says:

    Kudos Orange Walk for REJECTING THE 9TH Ammendment! Other districs should follow suit and kill this sinister proposal once and for all and send a clear message to Belmopan that the people aspirations cannot be played with.

  4. Innovator says:

    With the approval of the Ninth Amendment, the Belizean Democracy dies, and the birth of the Barrow Monarchy begins.

  5. Friend says:

    i don’t see what all this fuss is about the 9th Amendment. I wonder if it was the PUP that was trying to make these changes, if the same people who are opposing the amendment would still feel the same way or is it that they are playing politics with the issue. I keep hearing them say that the 9th Amendment is to keep BTL, BWS and BEL out of the hands of foreigners, but is Mr. Ashcroft a foreigner or is he a Belizean? After all, he holds a Belizean passport.

  6. Steve says:

    This is not an issue to defend the pup, rather it is one to fight for our rights because with the passing of the 9th amendment, Barrow will go BIG, bigger that the court, bigger than the constitution. He will have to answer to no one. Therefore, friend, the independent thinkers will oppose it even if it were the pup wanting to pass the 9th amendment. There is not doubt! Many of those opposing the 9th are not pup, however, many of those saying yes are related to the ACB. B- is for Barrow.

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