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Nov 6, 2019

John Saldivar: “I refuse to go to the gutter”

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber took on the government at a youth event in Belize City. Faber said that politicians and the people are corrupt and that there is a lot of corruption. He spoke of crime, questioning why gang-related murders are not being solved and noted that leadership contender, John Saldivar’s turf, in Belmopan is showing an increase in crime. Faber chastised the government for failing to spend enough money on youth and sports. The comments were made two days after Saldivar held his campaign launch at the Civic. Saldivar can count on the support of many of his cabinet colleagues. This morning Saldivar took to social media to post what many believe is a response to Faber’s comments. Saldivar wrote (Quote) “I have been in politics now for twenty-five years. I am accustomed to the attacks. My defense is my reputation for those who know me. I refuse to go to the gutter. There are more important matters of nation-building that require my attention.” (Unquote) On Tuesday at a conference, Faber also called on the youth to take over the leadership of this country.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize

“Twenty-six percent of the budget in Belize is spent on Education. Everybody, wow. That’s a great thing. Indeed that is a great thing but if you spend twenty-six dollars in education and the returns are very week we still can’t claim the kind of excellence that twenty-six cents of every dollar should be putting out. Then we are wasting our efforts and it must mean that we must have a crucial conversation with the players and I am fearful that if we do the very same thing in the areas of youth and sports, if we are not dedicated and committed to reducing all of these things without the elements of corruption which face our entire system, we are wasting our time. There is something about youth and leadership that is gravitating in this country. You check it out. Anytime a young person who puts himself up and I am not talking about those who are “wah-wah.”  If you really believe in the tasks that you are facing. I am very proud of many of the players of the DYS. You developed in many respects. That is what needs to happen and we need to take over the leadership of this country. We need to do it. I am not asking for a coup. I am asking for a revolution but not the kind where you pick up guns. But we need to do that but we need to do in an organize way to let people know that we are not playing. You have a role to play. You can be there and saying that it is not your business and what they are fighting. You have an intelligent mind. You have an objective mind. And you can make a contribution to what goes on even if it is writing certain things on the social media rather than join somebody and bring down somebody which is what Facebook and to some extent Instragram. Thank God we don’t have Twitter because it would feel like Trump and America. And as we go on maybe that will come. Trump is seventy-one so he is one from the old generation that is an immigrant but he uses the technology, however, much to his detriment. He will not agree with the fact that it is to his detriment.”


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