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Oct 18, 2019

No Politics in Stalling of Senate Report Says Committee Chair

Aldo Salazar

In the absence of what many expected to be a timely report, there has been talk that completion and presentation of that document is deliberately being stalled for political reasons.  While those sentiments have been voiced elsewhere in the media, Senator Salazar says the most salacious pieces of evidence have been ventilated during the hearings, making the final report a somewhat unexciting affair.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Notwithstanding the voluminous task you have at hand, what would you say to anyone in the public who may have an impression that this is being intentionally dragged out for political purposes, considering the fact that there is an election year next year and all these years have elapsed without there being something substantial to give back as a result of the special hearings?”

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“I understand.  I’ve heard that and I’ve heard some opposition personalities when they get on the media have made the very point.  I would dismiss that out of hand as nonsense, and by nonsense I mean it makes absolutely no sense.  Because, we’ve had the hearings, everything that came out, everything that was supposed to come out, all of the drama, whatever would have been embarrassing to a government has come out in those hearings.  There’s nothing, we weren’t in the back taking any juicy piece of evidence, so the drama is done.  So for those people who are expecting drama, I must say that the report is going to be very boring because we’ve heard that in the public hearings. I don’t want to give a timeline, but what I can say is that this has consumed hours and hours and hours… of my time in Belmopan, driving to Belmopan and reading those documents… an immense amount of time.  I want to get it done, it’s not that I don’t want to get it done and it will get done, but it has to get done in accordance with the standard to which I am going to be satisfied.”


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