Excerpts of FB Posts and Whip Interviews
Hon. Julius Espat, Cayo South
It is important that the Prime Minister of our Country respects the rule of law. He is not above the law.
Oscar Mira, Belmopan
July 1 – On Friday night, as was reported, I was involved in an accident on the George Price Highway, in which my vehicle collided with a small dark Geo Prism that was parked on the middle of the road. The vehicle was turned off, with no lights on. Unfortunately by the time I was able to see it, it was too late and I ended up colliding with the rear of the vehicle. Inside was a uniformed police officer who, for whatever reason, parked his vehicle while still on the road and fell asleep.
Fortunately, I was wearing my seatbelt and escaped mostly unharmed. Minutes before the accident, a witness who was driving ahead of me on the road had narrowly escaped crashing into this very same vehicle. This witness had already reported the vehicle’s presence to a nearby checkpoint, a few miles farther down the road; he has since made a formal report to the Belmopan Police Department detailing this.
At the scene of the accident, I contacted my attorney who advised me not to give a specimen to the police, since they did not have probable cause to demand this from me. I was a victim, and I cooperated fully with the investigating officers. The simple truth is that this vehicle should NOT have been in parked the middle of the road, out there in the dark, with no lights on. In his recent statements to the media, the Commissioner of Police is now falsely claiming that the vehicle was parked on the roadside, implying that I am at fault for the accident, and in his words, that I was driving “without due care and attention”, which is a crime. It is inappropriate for the Commissioner to make such definitive accusatory statements against Belizean civilians before an investigation has been concluded, and before an individual has had the chance at a fair trial in a court of law.
Need I remind him that we are all innocent until proven guilty, and his words as a public figure carry significant weight? He also claims that the Corporal was seriously injured and is still in the hospital, both of which are also lies. The officer who was injured was a Corporal, known to myself, and I have spoken with him since he was discharged from the Western Regional Hospital on Saturday, June 27th. Thankfully, his injuries were not life threatening.
I urge the Commissioner of Police to immediately retract this statement and apologize to myself and to the family of his fellow police officer. I have always held the Commissioner in high regard, and I am appalled at his willingness to lie and smear me with these demonstrably false claims. I have plenty of respect for the office of the Commissioner but wrong is wrong, and to bring these charges against me now is just adding insult to injury.
Commissioner Williams is not helping the police force by attempting to cover up for them and make me into a scapegoat. Instead of victimizing me, he should be tackling the corruption, over-exhaustion, poor work-life balance, poor mental health, lack of resources, and substance abuse plaguing the police force, as evidenced by this week’s news reports. He is their leader and he has a responsibility to these men and women.
If the Commissioner wants to get to the bottom of this incident, perhaps he should talk to the police in Hattieville who reportedly tried to stop the Corporal from driving that night, as they could see that he was not in good condition and they feared for his safety. Furthermore, the vehicle that the Corporal had parked in the middle of the road had neither a valid insurance nor a valid license. To the police department, I must ask: Was the sleeping Corporal tested for any toxins or substances that may have hindered his ability to drive? Will he be charged for endangering myself and others who were out on the road that night? Will he be charged for not having his vehicle licensed or insured? Do they really want to pursue justice and the truth, or are they only interested in bringing trumped up charges against me to tarnish my image?
As a candidate for the House of Representatives, I knew that at some point I may end up the victim of a political witch hunt such as the one that seems to be unfolding. It shows that my opponent and the UDP are afraid of me and my impending victory in Belmopan. They are afraid of the steady work I have been doing and the relationship I have built with the people of Belmopan. They know their time is up, and it is very concerning that they appear to be weaponizing our police force against me. This is a practice often seen in autocratic, despotic regimes. I am very disappointed in and ashamed of Commissioner Chester Williams.
I cannot help but think how unbelievable it is that the police are so readily and swiftly targeting me for an accident I did not cause, in which no one was gravely injured, when we can all recall the tragic deaths of several Belizeans at the hands of well-connected UDP frontmen, who later faced little to no consequences. Like this administration, the police have a history of looking out for their own, and this has got to stop. Lack of accountability and playing politics with our criminal justice system has got to stop.
The PUP will win in Belmopan, and we will begin to repair this broken system. We will prevail! Prosperity and security for all.
Candice Pitts, Mesopotamia
We thank everyone who came out last night to make and be a part of History in Mesopotamia!
We had our very first Yaad Talk. It was the first time in the division where the residents were engaged to that extent and given a platform where they could express themselves and voice their thoughts. We listened, and we also shared with them our plans and vision for the division.
We were impressed by the turn out and thank residents for taking this interest in their community. We thank the Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner, for continuously showing that he is All About the People!
We thank Councilors Aisha, Micah, Javier, and Oscar, and other representatives of the Council for their support. We thank members of the wider community and PUP family for their support as well.
Of course, special recognition to the Mesopotamia committee: you all are the vanguards of Change! #Mesopotamia #newbeginnings #bettermustcome #CandicePitts #MesopotamiasChoice2020
𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱 𝗝. 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗼, Corozal North
(Via PUP Corozal North FbPage) Es un hombre humilde con una gran visión para el pueblo norteño.
Su visión: ver crecimiento para Corozal Norte, proyectos de infraestructura, creación de empleos, oportunidades para los jóvenes que son el futuro de nuestro país, programas sociales para las personas mas vulnerables como lo son nuestros ciudadanos de la tercera edad, atracción de inversionistas en nuestro distrito y muy importante ver un impulso económico para el pueblo que exige un cambio.
Votemos inteligentemente y hagamos el cambio. VOTE PARA 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱 𝗝. 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗼 y EL 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗗𝗢 𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗗𝗢 𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗣𝗨𝗘𝗕𝗟𝗢!
HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE!
Allan Pollard, Queen’s Square
Friday June 26, 2020 was the endorsement convention where I was officially sworn in as the standard bearer for The Queen Square Constituency. I must say I’m truly overwhelmed with gratitude for the abundance of love, hope, faith and courage I’ve been shown by the PUP, the Queen Square committee and my mentors!
I’m honored and humbled to represent The Queen Square Constituency to bring forth real change and development. The future starts now, The Time Is Now Belize! The work has begun!
#TheTimeIsNow #AllanPollardforQueenSquare #OfficialEndorsement #QueenSquare
Special congratulations to the graduates from Gwen Liz Evening Division.
Those who prioritized getting an education and went back to school. Best of luck to you all in the work force or the world of entrepreneurship.
It’s never too late to learn!
(The Whip) Dean Barrow, you cannot switch your integrity on and off. It doesn’t work like that. When it comes to the Faber’s Road. Why was there no ribbon cutting for that road?
The history of this country is the history of PUP. The young need to know that there is a better way. If we can bring everyone together we can make a difference.
I was campaigning and a young man tell me, “I know that you will be better than this.” “I deh with you.”
Oscar Arnold, Collet
“Be the change that you wish to see in Collet, Be apart of Team POLO.”
LIVING FACTS: 17 Years of Patrick Faber in Collet and he have not built a single HOUSE/HOME for anybody, No new Development in 17 years. Currently he’s the Minister of Education, Youth Sports and Culture since 2012.
Question: What has he(Faber) done for the youths in Collet (highest murder rate in the city)
SPORTS: No football field. No Playgrounds
CULTURE: We have lost our identity as a people
EDUCATION: You have to run down a minister for a little assistance
Ramiro Ramirez, Corozal Southwest
We the farmers are suffering with this Government, Cane farmers, Cattle farmer all agricultural sector we need good governance and a good plan, we have to save Belize.