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Feb 15, 2012

U.D.P. Benque Don Jorge switches party

Francisco Trinidad Mendez

Just last week, you saw Marcel Cardona on national TV endorsing the P.U.P.’s Marco Tulio Mendez for the Orange Walk East Constituency. Well, it seems there is another U.D.P. who is rallying behind the P.U.P. in the Western Town of Benque Viejo. Don Jorge Iglesias is a two-time elected U.D.P. Councilor but he is dissatisfied with a number of things happening inside his camp and has since thrown his support behind P.U.P.’s Mayoral Candidate Francisco Trinidad Mendez in Benque. Mendez told News Five via phone, that this latest move is welcomed by his party.

Via Phone: Francisco Trinidad Mendez, P.U.P. Benque Mayoral Candidate

“For us it’s, we welcome everybody; the P.U.P. is a party that welcomes everyone. We don’t chase away anyone, but we welcome. Mr. Jorge has his causes and I guess now he realizes that the P.U.P. Party is the party to support. Hence the reason why he is supporting us.”

Andrea Polanco

“So with Mister Iglesias throwing his support behind the P.U.P., what exactly are we looking at? Is he may be taking away potential voters for the U.D.P.? Does he have a huge following? What exactly is he bringing to the P.U.P.?”

Via Phone: Francisco Trinidad Mendez

“Actually he is bringing leadership as well. He is bringing a lot of his supporters. He has roughly around six hundred supporters and in his convention he had a voting—if we look at it, he got around four hundred votes without any cash on hand. Mister Velasquez was supported by Minister Erwin with around hundred thousand dollars or less but right around there. And without money, he basically garnered four hundred votes. So we are looking at a person who has talent, leadership and with him, he brings all these people.”

Andrea Polanco

“Are those people willing to cross that line to leave their United Democratic People for the P.U.P.?”

Via Phone: Francisco Trinidad Mendez

“They have done that actually. Benque is silent, but waiting for the seventh of March. It’s going to be pretty the seventh of March because it is going to be a quick sudden death for the U.D.P. here in Benque.”

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13 Responses for “U.D.P. Benque Don Jorge switches party”

  1. another citizen says:

    I think Mendez is not saying the truth, Mr. Iglesias has his own agenda. It is important that people shift because we want the rotten eggs to move to the blue party, the UDP is being cleaned.

  2. Sports Fan says:

    Thankyou so much for leaving us, Mr. Mendez. We were sick and tired of you, and we feel good that is obvious that only PUP accepts ANYbody, even if it’s corrupt and garbage. Good luck, you’ll be suffering from starvation soon.

  3. J C Guerra says:

    Kindly check if Mr. Jorge Iglesias has Salvadorean passport. I guess he is looking at his own interest and not that of the PUP.

  4. Benque says:

    @ sports fan…your comments are disgusting, but not surprising. It is typical of loud mouth udp people such as yourself. sing for your supper while u can. A new day has come in the west. The udp is no longer dominant there as it once us. come march 7 the udp shall be voted out!!!!

  5. NIRO says:

    Dá Mendez is dreaming in his addiction!! he knows what i am talking about!!!
    When he wakes up if he ever does it will be a rude awakening!!!!
    Any realistic person with his 5 senses would see the difference!!! for nomiantion day you saw about 50-60 PUP’s rallying in their white and blue, while the RED TSUNAMI came about 2 in the afternoon showing about 400 supporters!!!!
    I invite channel 5 to come on Friday and be witness of this gigantic RED TSUNAMI!!!

  6. Ryan says:

    Has anyone bothered checking mr. Iglesias’ background.? When people leave for a personal interest then they are not ready to be elected officials…

  7. Latina Mom says:

    Kudos to you Don Jorge! More people need to make that brave move and take a stand. Say NO MORE to the tyranny and dictatorship of the UDP!!

  8. Mosh says:

    they beauty about Belize we live in a democratic country, we are free to choose and to refuce, UDP time is over, time for a change, welcome to the party Jorge. Party a Love, Peace and prosperity. Welcome home.

  9. glitter says:

    Hahaha NIRO if the pup pays 50 dolars for putting on the shirt as they did in belize city I will go too even if I am from a next party.

  10. Steve says:

    Belize does not that need parties to be cleanse from rotten eggs. Belize needs a new horizon. Voters should get rid of rotten and corrupted governments and Prime Ministers. GET RID OF CORRUPTION!!!!

  11. Steve says:

    Belize does not that need parties to be cleanse from rotten eggs. Belize needs a new horizon. Voters should get rid of rotten and corrupted governments and Prime Ministers. THERE IS CORRUPTION EVERY WHERE: MINISTRY OF LANDS, PM’S OFFICE, SSB, KHMH, TOWN AND CITY COUNCILS, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, HOUSING, ETC! GET RID OF CORRUPTION!!!!

  12. Rene says:

    The reason why Jorge Iglesias switched sides is because he lost the convention for mayoral candidate for the United Democratic Party against Mr Velasquez. Benqueños lets be real how can we have a person that doesn´t speak any English represent us in this day and age. He has been living here in Belize for years and he needs a translator to speak to the media. As a mayor he will not just have to reprsent us, he represents the people and country of Belize at international conferences that are more common know a days.
    He is not as genuine as we taught he was.
    But the PUP has nothing else to rally on, come March 7th your United Democratic Party will be victourious once again in Cayo West…….. guaranteed.

  13. garcia says:

    yo pienso q benque viejo es el pueblo unido i querido si queda pup o udp es lo mismo en el benque hay amor en todos los benquenos. hay q apoiar a los benquenos q viva belize i q quede el mejor benque asta la muerte i q viva erwin contreras el si tiene corazon no mira si eres pup o udp el te ayuda si no preguntale.

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