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Oct 10, 2013

3 persons suspended from Immigration Department, but Penner not investigated

Candelaria Saldivar

We’ve covered the visa scam in which it is reported that government ministers are using a quota system, which the prime minister says could cause the fall of his government. But in the passport scandal, three public officers have been sent home; the suspension of the most senior member has been extended to five months at half pay. The C.E.O. of Immigration, Candelaria Saldivar confirmed that throughout the entire administrative investigation nobody looked at Elvin Penner. And even now, the only file under scrutiny is the Kim file. The Ministry is not looking at other files signed by Penner.

 

Candelaria Saldivar, C.E.O., Ministry of Immigration

“Mr. Penner is not a part of the public service and he is not guided under the public service regulation and under my supervision.”

 

Reporter

“So the investigation that has been going on for the past nineteen, twenty days has not touched on Mister Penner?”

 

Candelaria Saldivar

“Not for my part, no. The officers were written to individually and the infractions that we thought they had committed was shown to them in writing for them to comment on.”

 

Reporter

“Was the investigation limited to only the files of this individual? Was it only for this citizen Kim or did you review other files that Minister Penner filed while he was the Minister of State?”

 

Candelaria Saldivar

“The current suspension that the officers are on is for the Kim file.”

 

Reporter

“Okay, given that Minister Penner has done some wrong—we don’t know to what extent—did you guys review other files that he signed as minister of state?”

 

Candelaria Saldivar

“Presently like the minister mentioned earlier, we are currently in the process of doing an inventory check of all our files which will indicate if any of our files are missing…”

 

Reporter

“No, no, no. I understand that occurred because Mister Saldivar has indicated that he has some files. But I am asking did in your investigation so far prior to Mister Saldivar coming up with these files that he says that he has, did you also look at other files signed, other applications signed by Minister Penner to make sure that there were no irregularities there?”

 

Candelaria Saldivar

“Minister Penner has been signing certificates since May. That would have to be a very extensive investigation which at this time, we have not been able to take on.”

 

Reporter

“So no other files signed by him were reviewed?”

 

Candelaria Saldivar

[Shakes head indicating no.]

 

We’ll have more of the press conference in Friday’s newscast including mechanisms being put in place at the department to avoid further irregularities in the issuances of the Belizean birthright. 

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10 Responses for “3 persons suspended from Immigration Department, but Penner not investigated”

  1. beano, more beano says:

    we are not interested in our criminals, we are only interested in selling passports.

    It is the little guys in my office who did this.
    I won’t resign, I am just responsible.
    Actually I am not responsible, I just get a good paycheck doing nothing.

    Hulse and Barrow are responsible.
    Actually they are lawyers, they are not responsible, they got magic words for that, to protect them.
    They get good paychecks organizing the criminal government.
    I just do what they tell me, and I am damn good at it.

  2. beano denial says:

    Passports for Sale?
    Sounds wrong, will investigate the irregularity.

    Honorable Penner?
    Never heard of him.

    He is responsible and three low level GOB were involved?
    death penalty to the three low level GOB employees.

    Honorable Penner?
    Never heard of him, but he must be forgiven,
    PM says so, and Boots seconds the motion.
    Belizeans must know the recall is wrong, just plain, and I repeat, just plain evil, a plan by the guats.

    Passports for Sale?
    Investigation done, nothing criminal, go away we are closed shredding documents.

  3. cayobway says:

    dis da di same dumb bi$$ch dat mess up the transport department. so it seem that when yu screw up one place den deh put yu da wah next wan fu see how much more yu cud f$$$ up.

  4. Concern says:

    Candelaria could not understand the question, or is lying to die kingdom come. The very next morning after that story broke, the CEO and the Director would have been looking at the files to see if there are similarity to the Wonhong Kim case. How big is the magnitude of the deceptions, how many more friends did Penner have whom he definitely didn’t know or could never have known? By her own admission, she said the man have been signing since may and that would have been a massive task to investigate. Of course these words slipped out without her control, since it is pointing to the fact that Wonhong Kim was not an isolated case. Fishes are caught by their mouth!

  5. Guerra says:

    Candelaria, “Did you look at other applications signed by Minister Penner to make sure that there were no irregularities there?”

    A simple yes or no answer! : ) The C.E.O could not understand. The poor girl must have felt this was a trick question and was looking around for assistance. Gosh…crime create confusion and jitteriness if everyone might be involve. We can’t make ourselves look guilty in public. Can you repeat the question again PLEASE? Slowly please so I can understand! : )

  6. David says:

    One ‘thing’ not mentioned to date is why the party chooses to put a white face to a criminal belizean racket that has been going on since….. I can remember.
    Doesn’t appear very noble or just; no?
    I often wonder who they believe they are fooling besides themselves.

    These things often go unsaid though is quite apparent to anyone with to brain cells to rub together.
    I don’t comment much, just Watch, for all the Right reasons.

    Until the Culture Of Corruption ‘issue’ is dealt with from the TOP ////down, what is one to expect?
    This should be common sense but, but,
    Next>>>>>

  7. ceo says:

    It pisses me off just to read this mess! The man at the center of the mischif is not being looked at! Will Belizeans ever stand up and speak truth to power and let the know where they get off? The underlings I am sure knew they were doing the wrong thing and should be punished but the ones that led them to the mischif should be suspended, fined and confined, investigated….Instead nothing is being done to them. Is there anyone in Belize who has the best interest of the country at heart?

  8. Guerra says:

    Reporter
    When the first file went missing, why didn’t you call the police?

    Candelaria – Ah, um, ??? (looking at Godwin for clues) Clues blues :)
    Presently like the minister mentioned earlier, we are currently in the process of doing an inventory check of all our files which will indicate if any of our files are missing…”

    “They didn’t ask you that Candelaria, everyone knows that some files are missing, your cousin Arthur told the nation. Do you need English lessons in comprehension?”

    Reporter

    “No, no, no. I understand that occurred because Mister Saldivar has indicated that he has some files. But I am asking did in your investigation so far prior to Mister Saldivar coming up with these files that he says that he has, did you also look at other files signed, other applications signed by Minister Penner to make sure that there were no irregularities there?”

    Candelaria – Silly smirk & again prompted by Godwin
    “Minister Penner has been signing certificates since May. That would have to be a very extensive investigation which at this time, we have not been able to take on.”

    What the f**k do we have parading as C.E.O now a days just because she is John’s sister. This girl sister is a dumb a**h**e. Does SHE know what is a scientific sample survey? It does not matter whether Arthur has some files or not, they could have looked at a sample of the thousands of files they have IN THEIR POSSESSION, signed by Penner to see if there were similar irregularities. How can the CEO, The Director, and the Minister not immediately put some security in place to ensure no other files got lost after the first file went missing and why was the police not called in to find out where the missing Kim file is? This begs the question was the Kim file actually lost or was the file intentionally lost? Many believe that this is a ploy to FOOL US THE PEOPLE, IN THE HOPE THIS WHOLE SCANDAL WOULD BLOW AWAY.

  9. Citizen says:

    Sometime around July or August a group of us Public Officers were socializing, and guess who was the laughing stock of the joke? It was said that after Candelaria was being transferred from Transport where she did a mess, no minister wanted her as C.E.O. How she ended up with Godwin, is no mystery. According to the grape vine, John told Godwin; “You are unelected and represent only the UDP’s, since the people had previously rejected you. You had better take Candy or else? Of course this worked fine for John as well, as she was suppose to have his back! Have anyone seen how they never answered the question, ” Is Penner being investigated?” Even sanctimonious Hulse came up with this garbage, that the police is conducting investigation at nationality department, like if saying this would make us believe, this investigation will also include Penner. The Commissioner of Police just put a damper on their whole cover up by saying, that his role is only to investigate missing files, and that certainly don’t include any investigation on Penner. What a JOKE!

  10. BelizeaninAsia says:

    @ CEO…No and No :( someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

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