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EDUCATION

García de Paredes denies wrongdoing

He is being investigated for anomalies.

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Five days after the comptroller revealed a possible injury to the state of $3.5 million in contracts issued by the University of Panama (UP), Rector Gustavo García de Paredes broke his silence and said there is a "campaign" to "denigrate this noble institution."

At a press conference Tuesday in the José Dolores Auditorium, the rector said that recent media reports about the school are "an attack upon this institution, because it is dedicated to helping people with limited resources."

He held the press conference in the presence of professors, administrators and students.

Referring to the audit, he said it is "a report that lacks any veracity, and aims to do harm."

According to the comptroller, which has already given the audit to the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Court of Auditors, anomalies in the awarding of contracts to build research centers caused economic damage to the state of $3.5 million. The projects were initiated by the rector. The original cost of the project was $4.5 million, but wound up costing $15.5 million.

According to the rector, the decision to increase the scope of the project was justified.

He also criticized La Prensa, which in recent months has published a series of investigations on a number of anomalies during his term.

"There is a direct connection between the comptroller and the newspaper. Every day there is negative news," he said.

He said he would file legal action in the matter.

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