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Jan 18, 2012

Hypocrisy? In 2008 P.U.P. accused of mass naturalization

The sounding of the alarm by the P.U.P. continued when Florencio Marin Junior indicated other unusual practices were occurring in Corozal. Dolores Balderamos Garcia P.U.P. Standard Bearer for Belize Rural Central also passionately expressed her ire regarding registrations at different locations under the cover of darkness in Ladyville. The media took the announcements in stride because on January eight, 2008 the P.U.P. government facilitated no less than thirteen hundred Central American migrants at the George Price Center in the Capital. So is it just the U.D.P.’s turn to do the same, or is it a case of hypocrisy? We pitched that question to the panel after Balderamos Garcia gave an update on the situation in her constituency.

Dolores Balderamos Garcia, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Belize Rural Central

Dolores Balderamos Garcia

“Immigration officers and government officials are being coerced to participate in these irregular activities. We also know for example that the police records are costing the people fifty dollars. But then if you apply for the police record on a Saturday and you are being granted nationality today or tomorrow, what kind of vetting and background checks are to be done? So you can see, it is plain to be seen the illegality of what is happening. In addition to that, persons are being charged seventy-five dollars for a blood test, but they are not drawing any blood. So no actual blood tests are be taken, but the persons applying for citizenships have to produce the receipts for the police report; fifty dollars, and blood tests; seventy-five dollars and then as we know the nationality certificate will cost three hundred dollars. But the point that I would like to highlight ladies and gentlemen, Belizeans, is that this is absolutely unprecedented. So I would like to disabuse the public of the notion that the P.U.P. was doing the same thing. Absolutely and I say categorically that the P.U.P. has never and we will never carry on this kind of instant nationalization coercing public officers, abusing process and going to private people’s homes and area representatives and political operatives offices to carry out this kind of thing. I want to say that we condemn and decry this blatant and very desperate attempt on the part of the U.D.P. government to hijack the elections and to pack up and pad voters’ lists.”

Jose Sanchez

“How would you respond to the criticism that there is hypocrisy in what you are saying being that in January 2008, couple months before general elections, thirteen to sixteen hundred Central Americans also went through a very swift process also at the George Price Center in Belmopan?”

John Briceño

John Briceño

“Well I would like to point out that that is not true; that they went through a swift process because I remember many of our colleagues in frustration saying that this was just taking way too long. So what is being done today has never happened before. Right now, people without even following due process are getting their documents, are getting their nationality. That is what we are concerned about.”

Dolores Balderamos Garcia

“And may I add Jose and if you allow me Madam Chair, we are focused on what is happening now. We are satisfied that this is absolutely unprecedented. But focusing on what is happening now, we as a government in waiting and providing the impetus for us to move forward with what the pledges will be to the people of Belize, we want to assure you and we will be reiterating it later on that this is not going to happen under a government of the People’s United Party. We have already spoken about a fixed term of government and we will make proposals within our party and a also promulgated out to the public that a cutoff date will be made for the obtaining of citizenship so that there can be absolute transparency and that this kind of thing will not happen.”

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12 Responses for “Hypocrisy? In 2008 P.U.P. accused of mass naturalization”

  1. Louisville,Ky says:

    Is amnesia a prerequisite to become a politician in Belize? Or do some politicians truely believe that Belizeans suffer from amnesia and are facey enough to play them as fools and suckers.
    My advice to Johnny and Dolores: Stop the b….d cloth crying and go get in front of some people. After all,if you are the people’s choice you shouldn’t have anything to be worrying about.
    At the end of the day, it”s all about the WILL of the people. I’m not a politician mind you, but I “slept with my own eyes last night.”

  2. keisha Neal says:

    The PUP is the opposition, to have DEMOCRACY we need an opposition that brings these issues out in the light!! the PUP is playing that role. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. it’s healthy to have these issues exposed. Do you like democracy???? we need to bring corruption to light UNDERSTAND that. It’s not about amnesia, I am sure they remember well.. but isn’t this why we voted the UDP in??? Where is saint Dean Barrow now? and those clowns from Wave???

  3. belizean says:

    There is a lot of talk but the PUP get court injuctions for other stuff but for this they can’t that nonsenses

  4. bzn says:

    Both pup and udp are a bunch of crooks,whats worst,they are can belizeans vote for them?

  5. BeReal says:

    Lucas, Read Chaper 161 of the Laws of Belize.

  6. CEO says:

    There is a big difference in finalizing papers that were in process for some time that perhaps should have been completed some time ago vs. just having people showing up from ‘who knows where’ and within 24 hours they are now Belizeans with full voting rights and privilages just as those of us with generational ties to the country.

    We need to hold our politicians feet to the fire and make them do the things they say they will do while campaigning. This crap about some Belizeans be maligned after elections because it is suspected that they did not vote for the government in power is crap!

  7. Elgin Martinez says:

    All these politicians are sell out,maybe it’s time for a revolution.Wake up Belize and let’s put our country first.

  8. Lucas says:

    Hi real: You may want to read it yourself again and see what it say about granting Belizean Citizenship to citizens of foreign countries who are hostile to Belize.

  9. Steve says:

    It is not about amnesia. Belizeans need to be real. If one party did something wrong, that does not mean we have to accept whatever wrong the other party is doing. What is wrong is wrong, genuine Belizean. The naturalization saga is demeaning, downgrading our citizenship; naturalization is being done without the proper process. How many criminals including gang and mafia will get their papers without questioning data that reveal their identity. Why Barrow wants to win by hook or crooks? Think!

  10. blackberry says:

    real the constituation is the supreme law please read chapter 3 section 29


    ai!!! DODLORES WHY HE IRE????



  12. tiffany says:

    steve plz inform urself before posting thngs u r nt aware of!!!!! stop listening to crap. all those who gt their nationality got it legally, they had 2 qualify so it can b garnted. and 4 ur information not only the Udps gt their ppl natinalized but the pups 2. UDP doesnt wrk like the PUP dat wil only help a selected bunch of ppl and the rest make dem dead a hunger, still our money n sell out our resources. atleast they are trying to help the needed.

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