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Jun 29, 2012

P.U.P. not impressed with budget

John Briceño

The Opposition side this term is robust with fifteen parliamentarians, some who made their maiden intervention today.  While the budget will be debated on July twelfth and thirteenth, we got an early reaction from the Opposition side when we caught up with former Leader of the Opposition and current Orange Walk Central Area Representative John Briceño. Briceño shared his views on the 2012-2013 budget and he was not impressed.


John Briceño, Area Rep., Orange Walk Central

“My immediate reaction is that obviously there is two Belize—one where the Prime Minister lives and one where the rest of us is. The Prime Minister has just described a glowing economy; that everything is so bright and beautiful in Belize when the reality is that the people are suffering, the cost of living continues to go up, high unemployment, the economy is deteriorating, there is nothing in this budget for the middle class, the same rehashed, revamped, recycled projects that he is presenting once again. So at the end of the day, when you look, and we will be studying the budget, we will see that there is not much hope for the Belizean people.”


Jose Sanchez

“A lot has been said regarding the blame supposedly put on the previous P.U.P. administration for the “Superbond” as the reason why we are where we are.”

John Briceño

“Well the Prime Minister and his party have been in government since 2008; they have had ample time to address these issues. If that was a problem since 2008, why is it that they did not address or deal with that problem? The truth of the matter is that the Prime Minister has been unable to grow the economy. They promised in their first term of office that they were going to grow the economy by six percent. He is now boasting about a meager two percent growth in the economy. The Prime Minister has failed the Belizean people and that is why now he is continuously trying to recycle the same bogus blame game as usual; which he is very good at, as opposed to trying to come up with practical solutions. Solutions that are going to address the issues that are facing the Belizean people: how are we going to create more employment for the Belizean people, how is it that we are going to get this economy going, how is it that we are going to fight crime, how is it that we are going to assist the middle class that is being squashed in this economic recession.”

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6 Responses for “P.U.P. not impressed with budget”

  1. Rod says:

    Useless pm and gov. But I’ll also say this pup gov is also to blame they need to start leading and not just wine.

  2. Louis says:

    John Briceño is right. Barrow can’t blame the PUP after 4 years of UDP government. If Belize doesn’t grow as it is supposed to, it is Barrow’s fault.

    Stop blaming the PUP. If Belize is barely growing at 2% it is your fault, Mr. Barrow.

  3. Belizean says:

    Shut up Briceno, u da lone mout!!! As if you would be able to handle it any better. Mr Briceno is in the opposition just to oppose, and that is the sole reason. If Barrow seh yes, he seh no. If Barrow seh no, he wa seh yes. Mr Briceno was asked regarding the super bond, AND HE DID NOT ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PUP is guilty of it. And some day they will pay for what they’ve done. Just because of them .47 of every dollar goes toward that.

  4. melinda bejerano says:

    Does he have the answers? Anybody can complain.

  5. Kaila says:

    Honorable Mr. Bricenio,I love your comment, “My immediate reaction is that obviously there is two Belize—one where the Prime Minister lives and one where the rest of us is.” I personally went to the House to witness the Budget being read and while listening I kept wondering if another Belize exist else where because Barrow was boasting of a blooming economy and I don’t see evidence of it only with the UDP government officials.I live across from an appointed Minter and the economy seem brighter across the street in his yard which boast the new Black Toyota 4 Runner gas gosler Barrow bought.I thought that the super bond had us broke so how is it that CEOs and Ministers have new vehicle? Common sense would dictate that if any individual has an outstanding loan they can’t afford not to collect any monies owed to them, especially if the loan is so crippling like the so called,”SUPER BOND.”And since the Ministry of Finance had extra cash to buy Ham & Turkey and the economy is so bright let the UDP government feed us everyday and write off our Debts not only before election to Bribe us but everyday.If not provide us with a budget that will afford us to do it for our selves.Lol

  6. chenco says:

    one step forward ,two steps
    backwards equals government

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