US Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, on Tuesday expressed his support for Attorney General Kenia Porcell and his work against corruption after a column of opinion was published in which she is advised to abandon her work due to their gender and the danger of the post.
"These are comments that reveal a vile attitude of pathetic machismo, using language of contempt to threaten this' beautiful girl," said the diplomat in reference to a phrase used by the local author in a national newspaper.
The ambassador said that the women around him have overcome "the rubbish of 'criticism' in this way, growing - within bureaucracies rooted in machismo - on their own merits and efforts. I am happy to say that today these bureaucracies are changing."
1. Se habrían formulado este tipo de criticá sexista y intimidante contra un Procurador masculino? Fuerza a la Procuradora Kenia Porcell. pic.twitter.com/6JuqJTUSKZ— Karine Asselin 🇨🇦 (@karine_asselin) 12 de septiembre de 2017
"For my part, I consider that Kenia Porcell is a person of integrity and personal and professional courage. Bravery is not only demonstrated during the heat of the military battle. Bravery is also revealed in the fight against organized crime and corruption, from Washington to Panama, "he said in a statement issued by the Embassy on its website.
The head of the Attorney General's Office (PGN, Public Ministry) is carrying out numerous corruption cases, including those related to Panama's papers, Odebrecht's bribes and dozens related to the government of then-President Ricardo Martinelli.
Recently, the prosecutor Porcell has denounced threats and intimidation by "economic, political, business, media and banking powers" against prosecutors of the PGN, although it has not revealed the exact source of the warnings.