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Who is Strong Arming Who? President Martinelli Sends a Message at the National Assembly

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President Martinelli of Panama opened the National Assembly’s new year by blasting the press, accusing them of tax evasion, blackmail, and strong arm tactics. The Panamanian press has revealed several cases of alleged corruption of public officials, migration, administration of state lands and tender, some of them currently under judicial investigation. In his sights as well are tax evaders, who he says he will seek out and find in 2012.

Photo Credit: La Prensa Nicaragua

Original Article Text From La Prensa Nicaragua via Google Translate :

Martinelli, Allergic to the Free Press

The president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, announced yesterday that the nation will continue “to pursue these criminals” and “empresaurios” to evade taxes and lambasted the press at the beginning of the second half of his term and open the new session the National Assembly.

Martinelli, in his speech, which listed all the actions and investments that government has undertaken in its first 30 months in office, attacked the media owners, without identifying any that “use” the press to “blackmail “and defend their business interests, in addition to not paying taxes.

The president, in a moment of his speech was a cover of the newspaper La Prensa in which he stressed, is not noted for his country as the main economic growth in Latin America, if not spoken in the region, which considered “an outrage”. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) placed Panama as the chief of the region in 2011 by economic growth of 10.5 percent.

The president said his administration has dedicated “to get the money (money) from the pocket of those entrepreneurs who did not pay and I do not forgive him” in order to finance development projects and warned that in the second half of his term , which ends on July 1, 2014, continue to “govern for the people”.

“I’m not going to blackmail,” he said, while warning that in Panama there are “three branches of government, there is a fourth power” (referring to the press), and urged them “to those media owners to respect the institutions. ” However, after warning his Cabinet “to continue the attacks,” guaranteed to be respecting freedom of expression and democracy, “so the attacks are without pity.”

Martinelli announced that it will consider new rules to punish by imprisonment tax evasion. The Panamanian press has revealed several cases of alleged corruption of public officials, migration, administration of state lands and tender, some of them currently under judicial investigation.

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