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Nov 24, 2011

Santi points finger at alleged perpetrator of dirty politics

The date for General Elections has not been set, nor has the government given any indication if it will be called early. However, activity in one important piece of electoral real estate could become seismic. There are four persons vying to represent Caribbean Shores, three United Democratic Party hopefuls and one Peoples United Party standard bearer. Teams representing Santi Castillo, Chandra Cansino and Ann-Marie Williams have been canvassing the area over the past few weeks, while producing their best sales pitch to the community. But Castillo says that the game is getting dirty because someone has ripped down most of his banners.  Santi told News Five who he feels might be responsible for the desecration.

Santi Castillo, Political Aspirant

Santi Castillo

“Jose as you can see, the banner here in front of my home has been cut in half as other banners. There are three or four more that have similarly been vandalized: the one by K-Park, the one in Plaza, little one by Central Cable Vision. Basically Jose, I’m running a clean campaign. I’ve told both Chandra and Ann Marie and they agree to do the same. I am not blaming them at all, in fact I hold them in high regard and I know for a fact they would not do something like this. I wouldn’t swear for all their people, but I know that they would not condone this kind of behavior. There is also another aspect; remember that there is a P.U.P. standard bearer waiting for the winner of this to run against him and so that’s another angle we’re also looking at because he may feel that maybe I am the stronger candidate. So clearly someone is intimidated Jose.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you think it’s possible that someone from Anthony Mahler’s team is already seeing you as the victor and so they are gunning straight for the next U.D.P. candidate?”

Santi Castillo

“That’s not a farfetched idea. There have been two incidents that happened already with Anthony. When my campaigners were in his area, by his home, they gave him one of my flyers and he tore it up and my campaigners told him that that was very unprofessional of someone vying to be the area representative of Caribbean Shores. And secondly when we were at the Leals Sunday having a barbecue, he was campaigning there with the P.U.P. slate and the right thing would have been to miss that yard until we finished there. But they came in—I don’t know if it was to antagonize, but Jose I’ve been a sportsman for the last thirty years and nobody can’t antagonize me. I am good in victory and good in loss. It is all right now about Caribbean Shores, their needs, they have identified those and to uplift the area. I don’t believe in a slanderous campaign and although I have said what I believe about Anthony Mahler, I will ask him and his team for us not to go in that direction. Let’s try to lift up the ante so to speak in Belize and specifically in Caribbean Shores.”

Jose Sanchez

“And that’s not what Caribbean Shores is about.”

Santi Castillo

“That’s correct. Caribbean Shores and Jose you as a voter knows that in Caribbean Shores we want to uplift the area in all types of ways. No slander, no bad campaigning, better drainage, better streets, better parks for the kids to play in, more sporting areas, employment opportunities; that’s what Caribbean Shores is about.”

News Five spoke to P.U.P. Caribbean Shores Area Representative Anthony Mahler this afternoon. Mahler declined an interview, however, he said that he and his team are not responsible. Mahler said that perhaps one of the individuals that Santi fired from his campaign might have caused the damage.

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4 Responses for “Santi points finger at alleged perpetrator of dirty politics”

  1. belizeanpride says:

    it’s a shame of how some people act, lack of respect. i ain’t no pup nor udp fan but it looks really insane to vandalize political banners the winner will win and the loser will lose simple as that. let every candidate campaign with dignity. and the political fans behave in a respectful manner, act like grown ups.

  2. Me says:

    Day for elections is not know yet, but our tiran politicians are working very hard as busy bees.
    Its very irresponsible, nepotic, to imagine that our politicains (red) rosado ,pablo of corozal knowing the fact that guatemala does not accept i our independence and believe belize is part of guatemala this +)(#@$ politicians are in a hurry getting as much guatemalans thier residency and citizenship going without any checks on history or anything. Yes they are paying this guatemalans thier process to be belizeans. Literally grabbing guatemalans and bringing them to belize with papers. that is very sad you peolple are despots you are against our nation, you are tirans, traitors to belize, you have fallen way down . you should be jailed. go check hope clinic in corozal that is helping with medical papers. You people , shame on you shame on you .

  3. Shores Resident says:

    Stop play “possum” Santi…nobody cares, NOBODY WANTS THE UDP

  4. Orange Walk says:

    Not playing dirty politics? accusing someone out right like that without concrete evidence IS playing dirty politics! Do not assume that the rest of your UDP comrades are above stabbing you in the back son.

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