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Mar 13, 2012

Will environmentalist agree with Liselle?

Liselle Alamilla

At a first glance it appeared that the PM placated his critics when he appointed Liselle Alamilla as a minister. Her appointment would secure a second female minister and her conservation background as the director of Ya’axche Conservation Trust would mean that environmentalists would receive a senator and a minister that would support them. But Alamilla has recently come under fire from the Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage when Alamilla publiclly opposed the group. Alamilla as the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries Sustainable Development and Indigenous People will now be the government’s hand when dealing with the Association of Protected Areas Management Organization (APAMO). News Five asked Alamilla how she foresees her future interaction with the environmental groups, and what she believes regarding offshore drilling and the thirteenth senator, which during the recent campaign, the PM said was dead in the water.

Liselle Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, Sustainable Development and Indigenous People

“I have seventeen years of experience doing conservation work and most of the portfolios that fall under my responsibility I have knowledge of. I know what’s going on at the moment and I know what needs to be done. I don’t want to get into the details of it because of course I have to sit now with my technical staff to make sure that we together prioritize what actions we are going to be taking for at least the first hundred days.”

Jose Sanchez

I have received several texts from NGOs expressing concern. They point out that you are here as a U.D.P. not as a representative of the NGO community. Is that correct?”

Liselle Alamilla

“That is right. I am not an NGO representative; I come from a NGO background.”

Jose Sanchez

“Okay, but in terms of the Coalition, I know they felt hurt when you opposed them when it came to the referendum so they feel. Would you be a threat to them, would you oppose them? What would be your relationship if any now moving forward with APAMO, the Coalition etc.?”

Liselle Alamilla

“I am prepared to work with everyone as I’ve always been. It doesn’t mean that we will always agree on everything and we will not always agree on the way forward. But I think that we will always b e able to find a win-win solution. I am always prepared. I value the work of NGOs. I know what it takes for them to deliver the services that they deliver. I know how hard it is to keep the doors of these NGOs open and I will work with them if they want to work with me.”

Jose Sanchez

“As a new politician, we’d like to know what is your stance with offshore drilling. What will that be—yes or no to offshore?”

Liselle Alamilla

“Well I think I will wait to make statement on that.”

Jose Sanchez

“And with regards to what the NGO community wanted in a thirteenth senator. I think it was said earlier that it wouldn’t be done. Would you as coming from the NGO background be in support of a thirteenth senator if that issue should be brought from the NGO community again?”

Liselle Alamilla

“Well I haven’t given that thought later. I know that has been put on the back burner. So it is not something that I have given thought to. So again that’s not something I’d want to make a statement on.”

Jose Sanchez

“So no statement regarding offshore drilling, no statement regarding whether or not you are for that?”

Liselle Alamilla

“Well yes I am part of U.D.P.’s Government and I have to talk to my colleagues and see where the thinking goes. It doesn’t mean that I—that is going to be the compromise. Coming from a background of NGO, I’m not an NGO senator. But I will of course be very much, you know, promoting their agenda. I believe they want what is best for this country.”

Jose Sanchez

“So as a new politician, specific what we are learning then is that you are here to support the party. So what the party says that’s what you’re gonna go for?”

Liselle Alamilla

“I think a time will tell you how I will respond and react.”

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8 Responses for “Will environmentalist agree with Liselle?”

  1. Mosh says:

    Waste of time.

  2. junito says:

    Good interview. The guy was grilling her that she even seemed too nervous to answer. Too bad these people use NGO’s to start their career and are payed off with money. She is just a “YES MAN” for the UDP now. She sold her dignity for the almighty dollar.

  3. Rds says:

    Lisel, please don’t support offshore drilling, for the love of your country….

  4. PG resident says:

    she learn to flip -flop real fast. Barrow is saying checkmate!

  5. Peter Pan says:

    Talk to anyone in the NGO community and you will find out who she really is!

  6. Worker Man says:

    I like how the lady answered. She remained stern and was alert that the reporter was trying to catch her out. Good Job lady. Now lets see the good things you will do as minister

  7. to Worker Man says:

    Workerman. YOu liked how she answered? SHe refused to give an honest answer to what she already made decisions about. She “offed” the NGO community with drilling. she got her yaxche protected and went against the rest. She said nothing, she stood for nothing. she has to check on it? Worker Man. We need politicians like Godwin Hulse to be honest and say what they mean, what they intend to do. She has no idea, that is the best she has done as a Minister so far.

  8. PG Man says:

    She is a wast of time….. She will not be a good Minister….. She will do nothing good for the NGO’s or for Punta Gorda…. Sorry to say it, but it is true.

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