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Oct 4, 2019

Joshua Perdomo’s $40K Loan Write-off Approved by House

Joshua Perdomo

The House of Representatives met in Belmopan today. One of the significant actions involved the controversial forty- thousand dollars loan motion granted to Joshua Perdomo.   Perdomo, the son of Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo, was approved twenty-seven months study leave to pursue a master’s degree in Forensic Genetics at the University of North Texas and was bonded for three years in the amount of thirty-nine thousand dollars. Perdomo was also overpaid one thousand three hundred dollars.  The agreement was that after completing his studies, Perdomo was to return to Belize and resume duties; he did not and government says he cannot be located so decided to write-off the loan.  The loan motion returned from house committee and was presented.  Leader of the Opposition John Briceño attempted to debate on the matter but was disallowed by the Speaker of the House. Here is how it went:

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“We had to wait for it to come back from house committee.”

 

Laura Longsworth, Speaker of the House of Representatives

“I think we have moved beyond that.”

 

John Briceño

“Sorry?”

 

Laura Longsworth

“Yes, those were presented for debate.”

 

John Briceño

“Sorry?”

 

Laura Longsworth

“I said no we will not be doing that today.”

 

John Briceño

“But these have already gone to the house committee now it is coming back.”

 

Laura Longsworth

“But there was no debate, no one pick it up the last meeting.”

 

John Briceño

“Because we were waiting for it to go house committee and for it to come back and be debated.”

 

Laura Longsworth

“No that won’t be happening.”

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Therefore be it resolved that this honorable house approves the write off of forty thousand four hundred and seventy thousand and eighty eight dollars as a loss to the Government of Belize.”

 

Kareem Musa, Area Representative Caribbean Shores

“If you look at the motion paper you will see that there is no mention in there that the government feel that the matter is statue barred. That is a new issue Madam Speaker which came out after the fact.”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Madam Speaker he is talking about the motion and the content of the motion, what was in it and what was not in it. That matter was spent.”

 

Kareem Musa

“Absolutely not Madam Speaker. This is not…”

 

Laura Longsworth

“Excuse me member, I am not allowing you to go down that road. I asked to not to. Can you just continue with the rest of your presentation and continue?”

 

Kareem Musa

“I am absolutely will continue Madam Speaker.”

 

Laura Longsworth

“But not along those same lines please.”

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa

“Because bonds in general since he wants me to speak generally, bonds Mr. Prime Minister and you can smile now are specialty contracts. So don’t let any Prime Minister or government come to this house in the future and tell you that there is six year statute of limitation on a specially contract like a bond because the law says and this again generally in relations to all bonds like Mr. Perdomo’s, section six of the limitation act says an action such upon a specialty shall not be brought after the expiration of twelve years from the day of which the cause of action accrued.”

 

A division was called and it resulted in seventeen ‘yes’ ten ‘no’s’ and four absents. Prime Minister Dean Barrow and aspiring U.D.P. leaders Patrick Faber and John Saldivar voted in favor of the write off.


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