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Jul 10, 2013

Rise and Shine, birth of new politician to take on Belmopan

Patrick Andrews

As the co-host of the popular and often controversial Rise & Shine morning show on Plus TV, Patrick Jason Andrews has gotten his fair share of public attention. Today, via press release, Andrews announced that he is making the leap into electoral politics. Considering that his father the late Joseph Andrews is widely regarded as one of the heroes of the United Democratic Party, a man who achieved and maintained electoral prominence for the U.D.P. in Cayo that might not come as a surprise. But Andrews isn’t running under the U.D.P. banner. In fact, he has announced his candidacy in Belmopan as a member of the People’s United Party and plans to take on the U.D.P.’s minister John Saldivar. Of course that’s well in the future, since Andrews would need to go to convention and defeat the P.U.P.’s current point man in Belmopan Amin Hegar. Still, Andrews says that he brings a lot to the table and is more than able to unseat the two term John Saldivar.


Patrick Jason Andrews, Launched Political Campaign

“I have worked for sixteen years for Youth with a Mission and I have had tremendous opportunities in managing, in looking at different projects and not only executing of specific projects…look at Belmopan. It’s falling apart, there’s no vision, there’s no capacity to take a vision into implementation. And I believe while I may not be an expert in many different fields. I sure know how to bring the right people with the ability to get the job done. So people are looking for people with integrity, people they could trust, and I believe coming from an Evangelical setting at this time; when our nation is crying out for traditional family values, when our nation is crying out for our government to listen to them; in pertaining to section 53 of our criminal code. I believe I offer the hope were people could say you know what I believe this young man could take us the direction we want to go as a society. I believe at the end of the day the Right Honorable George Cadle Price envisions a Christian democracy in this country. And the P.U.P. constitution is a beautiful piece of document and I have read it, I have been through it and I believe that we as the P.U.P. adhere to the P.U.P. constitution it is the pathway to development in this country. I have sat and talked with the party leader and I would love to see that the vision the party leader have for this country, the vision to open up the P.U.P. for new blood, new vision and new direction. I offer myself to the people of Belmopan in line with what they are asking for within the P.U.P.”


Mike Rudon

“If somebody would look at you and say John Saldivar. Because that would be your opponent if you get passed the convention and you end up in a race against John Saldivar and somebody would look at you and say; well man this guy is established. Two term minister very powerful man, how would you respond to that?”

Patrick Jason Andrews

“I am fully confident that I will unseat john Saldivar by the grace of God and by the will of the people of Belmopan. Why do I say that? Everywhere I go the people have rejected John Saldivar the coming election will not necessarily be about P.U.P. or U.D.P. people are just wanting to get rid of John Saldivar. Tomorrow will be my last day on Rise and Shine. I will be started my new show on Rise and Shine on Wednesday night. To continue discussing national issues but also discussing issues that related to Belmopan. So yea I take this opportunity to ask the constituence of Belmopan to open their door and to give me the chance to share with them my ideas and what I believe I have to offer as it pertains to Belmopan and to our nation’s development.”


The man whom Andrews plans to unseat, John Saldivar, is currently suing him for comments which were made on the Rise & Shine morning show. At the time, Plus TV’s Luis Wade revealed that when he did not fire Andrews as Saldivar had insisted, the minister sued Andrews. 

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13 Responses for “Rise and Shine, birth of new politician to take on Belmopan”

  1. Eddie says:

    I have been a Belmopan resident all my life and my entire family is die hard UDP but we have felt disenfranchised by our party for the past 4 plus years. We were considering voting PUP but we will not replace one tyrant for the next. The PUP just lost our votes. This man will bring the type of politics that Adolph Hitler transformed Germany into Nazi Germant with. He will be the worst type of politician there is… He will mix politics with self rightous hate and all in the name of God a God that they sit in thier church on Sunday and profess that thier God is a God of complete love but he only has love for some.

  2. Buju says:


    I think Mr. Andrews is a very nice guy but i really cant vision him being my leader and i surely cant see me even getting past Mr. Hegar much less beating Hon. John Saldivar

  3. Al says:

    If you are truly for the people and the reason you have decided to enter politics is to make a difference I pray you beat this useless Saldivar.

    Our people and country deserves better than what is being done to them. This country need new blood, honest blood. We need politicians with the heart and character of George Price.
    I will be praying for you Mr Andrews.

  4. Johnny Cash says:

    You will be victorious by the Grace of God. I am excited to know you are ready to make a change in Belmopan and change the non-performing so-called leaders that represent Belmopan.

  5. Liberty & Freedom says:

    Perhaps you should have entitled the article “The Rebirth of a Nation”. How very refreshing to read about “values” instead of the LGBT filth. He will get my vote!

  6. Landy man says:

    What a shame! Politics and church do not mix. How dare you use the name of God in politics Patrick. It is obvious that you want to take a seat in government and become rich. If you want to keep worshipping God, keep away from politics. You should not even have the smallest idea of politics in your mind. But then again, your actions show who you worship.

  7. Jahana says:

    Congrats. Patrick Andrews I know you have politics in your blood. I knew your father, he was one of the best politicians in Cayo if not the entire country of Belize. He represented he people well. Being a politician was never about himself, it was always about his constituents. He was not in politics for self gain. Joseph Andrews was one of the greatest heroes of the (NIP), UDP. At the time of Joseph Andrews reign in politics, greed and corruption was not a part of there vocabulary. I am sure if Joe was alive today he would be ashame to be connected to the UDP. Make your father and continue his legacy.

  8. Jahana says:

    Congrats. Patrick Andrews, I know you have politics in your blood. I knew your father, he was on the best politicians in Cayo if not in the entire country of Belize. He represented his people well. Being a politician was never about himself, it was always about his constituents. He was not in politics for self gain. Joseph Andrews was one of the greatest heroes of the (NIP) UDP. At the time of Joseph Andrews reign in politics greed and corruption was not a part of their vocabulary. I am sure if Joe was alive he would be ashame to be connected to this corrupted UDP government. Patrick, make your father proud and continue his legacy.

  9. Al says:

    For those of you who want to put God out of everything, be reminded that the Bible says “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord. If just one nation in this earth would put God first in everything the world would see the prosperity of the nation. But every part of this globe God is pushed away.

    There is coming a day when the world will cry out for God to come to their rescue, mark my words.

  10. EZ Deh. says:

    Patrick Jason Andrews is a man of integrity. A man willing to put himself out-there to bring better to Belmopan and Belize. Do you thing Patrick. Belize needs more men like you in politics.
    And to those who don’t mix leading this nation with politics and christianity, it is becuase of this way of thinking that we are at a point in Belize where homosexuals can dominate our policies, cause ”church” people are content to sit in church and shut up. Time for action.

  11. Brightman says:

    The PUP has finally pulled the trigger on itself and committed political suicide by endorsing this fellow!! We are a progressive nation moving on to a new era of tolerance and respect for human dignity! This individual is a self-serving, self-righteous, fear mongering opportunist. No PUP nor UDP in their right mind would vote for him. People need to STOP using the name of GOD in order to deceive people and fill their pockets!! Wade, Stirm and he are getting rich off of the fear and misinformation they spread to the gullible and small-minded while pushing their own selfish agendas. They need to be stopped.

  12. Guerra says: says:

    Our country need men of good standing and faith in the Lord to take us forward, and not be there for themselves and their families, only! I have faith in that you will make us proud and truly happy for the bold step you’ve taken. Politics and church should mix, as they both should be looking after the interest of our people. We appoint politicians for that exact purpose, but they so quickly forget who gave them a job or even why they were given a job. Congrats, and God Bless!

  13. Initiate says:

    One’s greatest strength is also one’s greatest enemy, and that is the mouth, look at how it is curved.

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