Zulay Rodríguez: We are going back to the past

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  • Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:15
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The deputy of the National Assembly (AN) for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Zulay Rodríguez, spoke with Panama Today about current political events as well as her aspirations to the presidential chair. In the opinion of the parliamentarian, the stability of the country is at risk after four years of management of the government of Juan Carlos Varela, "we are going back to what was experienced before 1968 when there was revolution on the part of our leader, of our ideologist as we call him, of Omar Torrijos Herrera, and we are living conditions that can put Panama in situations similar to those that happen in Venezuela today."

She considers that the policies of the current Government have severely affected the economy and impoverished the Panamanian middle class.

Rodriguez believes that corruption remains one of the main problems that Panama must fight.

Regarding the Odebrecht case, she recalled a series of evidence on the subject, "the James Foundation checks, the statements by his own co-supporters (Juan Carlos Varela), Ramón Fonseca Mora, Carlos Duboy, even Dulcidio de la Guardia who I pointed out could no longer disguise the numbers, then from his own environment they indicated that they received payments, donations," said the PRD deputy who doubts that in the future the investigations will continue, "if the candidate who is supporting the leadership of the party, who is that same gentleman, the supposed messiah of the agricultural sector there will be no investigation, it is not going to happen".

Rodriguez also referred to the relations between Panama and China. "It seems good but we would like to know what is really being discussed with China because everything is a secret. Let it not happen like the FTA (Free Trade Agreement) that allowed all kinds of imports to be made affecting the national manufacturing sector... It can be a benefit for the relatives of Juan Carlos Varela who were the ones who mostly went to China to see this Treaty."

Regarding the Martinelli case, she fears that there is a decision that does not favor the victims, "first of all before being a prosecutor I am a lawyer. I like that the rules are clear and are met. I will never agree to the violation of due process and I feel and my lawyer Ángel Álvarez has told me that this could be grounds for nullity because charges had to be filed and they never did."

In a next installment Panama Today will talk with Zulay Rodríguez about her presidential aspirations.

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