The leader of the Democratic Revolutionary Party and also a candidate for the Presidency, Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo, appeared before the Electoral Court for a new trial against him, due to his speech delivered on January 3, where he criticized the administration of President Juan Carlos Varela.
"Inside the file it is said: Cortizo lashes out against Varela and links him to Odebrecht; they are the kind of evidence that is here; nobody is going to shut me up; God is the only one who can silence me," he said to local media.
Cortizo expressed his concern about the action taken; he says it is due to some kind of censorship.
"As a Panamanian, I am going to defend the rights enshrined in the Constitution, on the issue related to the right we have to meet and express our opinions," he said.
This would be the second proceeding conducted by the Electoral Court against the leader. Recently, in the case of a fixed fence in August, 2017, he was imposed a sanction for violating the Electoral Code.