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Jun 1, 2016

Faber Reaches Out to Woman Fired By Beverly Castillo

On Tuesday, avid U.D.P. supporter Ingrid Hernandez, a constituent of Belize Rural Central, stopped by our office to express her discontent with animosity taking place within the party after Sunday’s convention.  She had been working as a campaigner for Area Representative Beverly Castillo and was subsequently chosen as a delegate in the special convention.  Hernandez, however, was summarily terminated from her post at the constituency office in Ladyville because Castillo reportedly suspected that she did not vote in favor of John Saldivar.  Hernandez alleges that she was victimized by her political boss.  Saldivar, on the other hand, has responded to the situation in a Facebook post.  He maintains that delegates should be loyal to their area representatives.  This morning, Faber said that it is both unfair and unfortunate and has reached out to Hernandez to offer her a new position.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Deputy Party Leader, U.D.P.

“Another area that came out very, very clear in our meetings yesterday and in fact over this campaign was that the delegations and their leaders, because there was in many respect a clear split in the directions that they went—while the base went for Faber, the leader went somewhere else—there are now problem between my colleagues and their committees. And that is one of the areas that we have to focus on. And my message to the committees and the delegations who chose to support me is that I want them—and I’ve always said this—if you choose to support me, don’t start a quarrel and that is why many of them chose to wear the shirts that their constituency leaders wanted them to wear. So they went out there but then after it sunk it that hey there were people who wore the shirts and still did not…then that created a kind of animosity. And so we have to move to quickly fix that situation. I’ve always maintained to the delegates that in fact they needed to keep that bond; they of course needed to love their representative and work for them because it is so important for them to support them because they needed to win, if the party was supposed to win.”


Marleni Cuellar

“Since you brought that up, obviously, yesterday we had a U.D.P. delegate visit our studios to complain; essentially making an allegation that she was fired by Beverly Castillo because she supported your campaign, she voted for you. At this point, she has provided her letter or termination and what not. Do you have any comments on these types of situations taking place?”


Ingrid Hernandez

Patrick Faber

“Yes it is unfortunate and I made an appeal yesterday in fact to my colleagues to don’t do that kind of thing. The particular situation with Ingrid and Bev, Minister Castillo, is that Ingrid works in the office and it is not a government position so to speak. She works in the constituency office, as I understand it, where Minister Bev pays her from maybe the constituency allowances or other sources that she has for the constituency work. So in my view it is unfair, but then you’ll also have to understand Minister Bev’s position as well. If you have somebody and you have that kind of antagonistic relationship in your own office; I believe as the boss you should have that. But I have spoken to Miss Ingrid and we are going to make sure that Miss Ingrid is not left out in the cold. And I believe that this kind of thing is never healthy for our party’s democracy.”

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1 Response for “Faber Reaches Out to Woman Fired By Beverly Castillo”

  1. Stephen Sweasy says:

    This is to show that Minister Faber is a true leader, as Minister Finigan say one have to trust their people and have to know that ministers work for the people. Minister Faber know his people and trust his people where he did not have to force anyone to wear a shirt with his his name. We must all learn that shirts does not vote, one have to trust their people and let the process go through. Patrick will go a long way as he show that he is a true leader and does not bully his people and force them to do what he want he simple request for their support and the people listen as that is how it should work. He is like Mahatma Gandhi who know his people as he once say “THERE GOES MY PEOPLE I WILL FOLLOW THEM”. Congrats to Minister Faber and looking forward to see him lead the party as I know he will keep the party as a family and not divided as if divided it will be a lost for the party.

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