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May 31, 2017

COLA & P.U.P. Say Castro Must Go

Geovannie Brackett

Today, the Opposition and COLA pounced on the heels of the revocation of Castro’s visas. P.U.P. Leader John Briceño and Cayo South’s Julius Espat called for Castro’s removal, while Geovannie Brackett called on the Prime Minister to break his silence.


Geovannie Brackett, President, C.O.L.A.

“I think that if you check not only him – because I don’t want to just single out Edmond Castro – I think a whole bunch of the U.D.P. Ministers sitting who call themselves Honorable should be losing their visas.  These people… we are not sorry, because word to COLA – COLA has agents in every shape and form in every government agency and international friends – let me tell you something; that there is more to come. There is at least three or four that we have confirmed who have lost their visas who have been affiliated with certain Ministers and there is more coming. So we are not surprised at COLA – when we sit at our desk and the amount and traffic of news that comes across our desk – we are not surprised that this happened. But what I can tell you – the Prime Minister cannot remain silent after his thugs have attacked the media; he cannot remain silent after his Minister has lost his visa. This is enough evidence on the legacy of the Prime Minister and it is the Prime Minister who has to give an interview after this.”


John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader, P.U.P.

“I think it’s shameful and disgraceful that we have now a sistitng Minister who the U.S. government has decided to cancel his visa and we need to ask the question why. Why would the United States government cancel a sitting Minister’s visa – not only his tourist visa but even his diplomatic visa? That by itself – the Prime Minister should take action and Minister Castro should be fired, because there is obviously something terribly wrong. And we need to add also because we have been hearing that there are other Ministers whose visas have been canceled, and I would want to think that the Prime Minister as the leader of this country would know that and he needs to take action. When it happened during our time, Minister [Maxwell] Samuels was not brought back to the Cabinet. So now the Prime Minister – who was so boastful that he is going to do the right thing – Prime Minister, do the right thing, you need to fire Minister Castro.”


Julius Espat

Julius Espat, Area Rep., Cayo South

“The Americans no play no game; they don’t just do things because of emotions. They have information and they act when the information is right. And therefore there has to be a reason that they revoked a Minister’s visa – that’s not something that is normally done. That takes a lot of effort and you have to be able to have a lot of backup to make a move like that. So it doesn’t really matter what the Minister says; it matters what the system has to do to bring those people to justice. That’s all we are asking for, you know.”

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