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Martinelli says he will not sue La Prensa while he is president

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Ricardo Martinelli.


27/12/2012 - President Ricardo Martinelli made it clear today that he will not sue La Prensa or any other media while in office.

However, he did not rule out pursuing such matters when he leaves office.

"When I stop being [President], that will be another thing, but now is not the time," he added.

Martinelli attributed the publications of La Prensa about his alleged insider trading to a vendetta by people who don't want to pay taxes.

"A gentleman who is the honorary president of La Prensa refuses to pay the taxes he owes which are used to fund projects such as the Irving Saladino and Curundu housing projects," the president said.

When asked what he would say to businessman Roberto Eisenmann, he responded, "be a man."

DENOUNCES MANIPULATION

President Ricardo Martinelli said today that the manipulation of information is a violation of the human rights of citizens in general.

Martinelli made that statement in response to allegations published in La Prensa linking him to the insider trading of shares of Petaquilla Minerals.

The president said that the main victims in this case were he and his family "due to the manipulation of information."

He said La Prensa manipulated the information in a "new novel form of journalism," as confirmed by statements given by the attorney general today.

According to Martinelli, La Prensa knew the existence of documents that categorically dismissed the accusations against him but failed to publish them.

He added that these attacks arise from people who attack him because they don't want to pay taxes theyowe the government.

REQUESTED EXPLANATION

Opposition Deputy Leandro Avila said Thursday that whole scandal must be investigated.

Avila recalled that this scandal has repercussions in Canada, so if no proper investigations are made in Panama "another country will do the research."

Avila said that "silence serves to bring more speculation" and that "when such a situation occurs you must immediately respond to the country."

CALL FOR COMMENT

The president of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (Apede), Roberto Troncoso, asked President Ricardo Martinelli to comment publicly about his alleged involvement in the case of Financial Pacific.

"The sooner he can clarify this the better," Troncoso said.

He noted that the country does not deserve this situation, and reiterated that it must be clarified once and for all.

"Panama is not only an international banking center, but it is also an international financial center," he said, adding that the current situation is "delicate."

SCANDAL AFFECTS THE COUNTRY'S IMAGE

Former Attorney General Ana Matilde Gómez said that this "is a case that calls into question the image of the country."

Gómez stressed that Panama is a country that boasts a well-regulated financial sector.

"This is why we should care about stability and credibility in the country's financial system," she noted.

Gómez said it is a contradiction to sell Panama as a good place to invest, but on the other hand run the country "as a place where, depending on the level of power and authority, you can access information for manipulating markets."

Gómez said that this case must be investigated by the public prosecutor. Newspaper articles are not evidence, but they should be enough to initiate investigations, she asserted. An investigations would clarify the facts and demarcate responsibility, she added.

President Martinelli has remained silent against accusations that linked him to the alleged use of privileged information for manipulating shares of Petaquilla Minerals. The accusations were made by Mayte Pellegrini, who is suspected of the embezzlement of $14 million from the brokerage house Financial Pacific.


ºalejandro
Hace 2 aos

No demandará x q simplemente es ilegal y x q es---verdad---lo que se publicó y x q sus actos contra los panameños les ha quitado el derecho al bienestar y la prosperidad---q demande y se quite su impunidad del—parlacen-- si se repartieran mil millones$ = $350 mil x panameño y x familia d 4=$1.4 millones--y x millones$ los Kuna Yala, Emberá y Kgöbe Buglé 197,592 habitantes--$70--x colón con 250,802--$88=$150 millones,+más d los 90 mil-->al 20/30 y robádos son,varios--miles d millones

ºalejandro
Hace 2 aos

Promueven el gansterismo capitalista---pero sus días están contados x partido del-frente-–amplio--para la democracia---q ahora para inscribirse hacen ir al pueblo al tribunal electoral obstaculizando, la protesta, contra el capo q x quiebra-arrebata millones vendiendo al país y quitándole a la CSS-- despiden gentes, 0 colección d basura,ni carretera divisa/LSantos + encarecerán el agua- y-la asamblea, partidocratica neo-oligarca+traidora carga++impuestos+se dá auto impunidad x crímenes

ºalejandro
Hace 2 aos

y—q rechazó la ley disciplina d trabajo x vagancia---solo pasan leyes x sus vidas d enemigos d la nación y nó se ocupan d los sueldos d los pobres ni hacer q la educación y cultura llegue al más alejado y humilde ciudadano—manteniendo al pueblo---ignorante y en la miseria---el grito d IGUALDAD, JUSTICIA Y FRATERNIDAD—de los miserables, hambrientos y harapientos d la Revolución Francesa exige una constitución democrática--SOCIALISTA--no jamones robados, obligando a los oligarcas

ºalejandro
Hace 2 aos

neo-colonialistas-–a identificarse con las masas de-pobres, miserables y jóvenes delincuentes–que constituyen mucho más del 12 %, y posiblemente el 25% d la población, y q LO SON—x los ladrones ocupados en robos---y no en resolver los problemas d LA NACIÓN--que es la distribución d las riquezas bajo un sistema socialista-capitalista con una constitución q impida en principio los robos y las prebendas d los gobernantes quienes no deben d tener caducidad en sus delincuencias

Rafael A. Grimaldo
Hace 2 aos

QUE DIRAN SI LLAMAN A BALBINA,MARTIN,CORONELES PARA QUE DIVULGUEN COMO LLEGARON A HACER MILLONES CON UN SALARIO DE EJECUTIVO? DONDE ESTA EL DINERO QUE SE "PERDIO" DEL BANCO NACIONAL DE PANAMA DURANTE EL P.R.D.? CUANTO PROGRESO HIZO EL P.R.D.?........BUENO DIRAN QUE ES UNA FORMA DE ALEJARSE DE EL PROBLEMA DE DON RICKY..........PORFFFFFFAVOR!!! DEJEN QUE MARTINELLI HAGA SU TRABAJO PARA EL BIEN DE TODOS INCLUYENDO SU FAMILIA.....NO JODAN MAS.

Elena A
Hace 2 aos

Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, no tiene moral para demandar a nadie. Padre Corrupto, hijo corrupto, primo preso, en conclusión toda una familia corrupta.

Alba Marina
Hace 2 aos

Por que no te callas bobita. Asi como es de feo tu avatar, asi mismo tienes tu alma llena de rencor. Eres una atrevida en estar levantantandole calumnia a personas que no conoces. El que mucho alardea de honestidad, debe tener colita de paja.

lauryd21
Hace 2 aos

Es mejor así que en este momento el presidente no demande a nadie total todos los panameños sabemos que lo que se publica en la prensa malo del gobierno son puras falsedades

Conspirador
Hace 2 aos

Martinelli, creo que no podras demandar a la prensa despues de las elecciones del 2014 porque estaras tras las rejas o te vendran a arrestar los gringos.

markal
Hace 2 aos

creo que martinelli esta cumpliendo con su promesa de campa,a cuando dijo, que estaba dispuesto a no cobrar el salario de presidente en caso de ganar, pero claro que robando millones al pais que va querer el salario de presidente, el vender y robarle a panama le es mas rentable. waooo
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