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Apr 16, 2021

Belize Telemedia Limited Responds to Teachers’ Picketing!

In response to the protests at their offices, this afternoon, Belize Telemedia Limited stated categorically that the telecom giant does not owe any taxes in areas. During a press conference at corporate headquarters, Chairman Mark Lizarraga and C.E.O. Ivan Tesecum said despite efforts made to reach out to the leadership of the Belize National Teachers Union, their calls and messages have gone unanswered. They did touch base with the other unions who said that they had no quarrel with B.T.L.  They say today’s picketing caught the company off guard, especially since Chairman Lizarraga and Senator Elena Smith of the B.N.T.U. are friends.

 

Mark Lizarraga

Mark Lizarraga, Chairman, B.T.L. Board

“We need to make some statements in regards to the recent events especially in regards to the teachers that we’ve seen boycotting our offices. So we want to clarify some of the misinterpretations and misunderstandings that we may have. It is the position of B.T.L. that we do not owe any taxes in arrears. When we heard the recent narrative in the media and on social media, we reached out to the unions to share our position and to see if we could understand their position on the matter. It is most unfortunate that all out attempts to communicate with and our outreach to the teachers union remains unanswered. We also wrote to the tax department requesting clarity on the matter because B.T.L.’s records and B.T.L.’s audited financials do not indicate any outstanding tax arrears for the company.”


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