Writing today in the Que Se Dice column in Hoy, news commentator Claudio Acosta says that it is becoming increasingly difficult to reconcile the image that President Leonel Fernandez seeks to project to the world, on the international stage where he seems to feel more comfortable, with the other image of wasteful ruler, who has no qualms about appointing 80 useless vice consuls to our foreign service for the sole purpose of satisfying political patronage desires.
“Who would guess, hearing him speak so articulately against global speculation in international forums, that the same ‘anything goes’ ruling applies at home, where priority is given to politics even if it means degrading our institutions,” he asks.
“How to explain that this is same statesman who appeals to the international community to address speculation in the prices of oil and food and has not moved a single finger of his mighty hand to prosecute and punish the corruption that robs us of so many opportunities for development?
“Who would believe that he refuses, with arguments that go on a tangent, to enforce the law that allocates a minimum of 4% of GDP to education?
“There was a time when his convincing words did not allow for these flagrant inconsistencies to be seen, or the frequent divorce between his words and his deeds, between his speeches and actions and omissions, but time, relentless time, does not spare even governments, especially when they are out of sync with the governed, until one day we realize that the charm has passed. The disappointment is so well reflected in the most recent polls.”
|President Leonel Fernandez received half a million from drug lord|
“BANANA REPUBLIC by LEONEL FERNANDEZ” – President Leonel Fernandez invited the drug lord Oscar Ezequiel Rodriguez to the President Palace. The drug lord gave personally Leonel a check of half a million. Oscar Ezequiel Rodriguez was jailed but quickly realased and has been able to stay out of jail and avoid extradition for more than two years due to his connections…….
Is this the best picture of a failed President?
Increased corruption allegations have continued since his return to power in 2004 and subsequent reelection in 2008. These have led in several instances to media reports and investigations that have exposed illegal activities by high ranking officials within his government, and a public outcry for more action to be taken to control corruption. Many of the government officials that are exposed in the media are not removed from the administration or prosecuted, but moved to other positions of power different from the ones in which they are being exposed.
In February 2011 Fernandez was subpoenaed by a court in Spain, in connection with a huge real state fraud, involving the construction of a large number of houses in both Spain and the Dominican Republic, but that were never actually constructed, having investors defrauded, and in which the Dominican president had participated by providing his political sponsorship.
Another major real estate scandal involved drug money and was portrayed by the President as a “model for investments in his country” even the former police general Fermin had an apartment in this project.
Push for new Fernandez bid used taxpayers’ money, Anticorruption Alliance says
DominicanToday.com – Dominican Anticorruption Alliance (ADOCCO) spokesman Julio C. Tiburcio affirmed Sunday that the rally to present the alleged signatures supporting president Leonel Fernandez’s reelection cost taxpayers millions of pesos, ranging from the abusive use of official vehicles, fuel, and government workers to stage and supervise it.
He said most of those who were present the in the Sports Palace are government employees who were forced to attend the rally, and had to do so in front of the heads of the respective government agency and mayors, under the threat of being fired from their post today Monday.
ADOCCO said Fernandez’s recent “festival” of designations in mid level positions ranging from vice ministers to assistant directors of economic cafeterias in several provinces where those facilities don’t even exist aims to spur local leaders who were reluctant left to participate in the push to reelect the President.
The high cost of the President’s travels
Acento.com.do reports on the hotels and flights that push up the cost of President Leonel Fernandez’s travels abroad. In a report, the online newspaper lists details of the hotels where the President and his committee stayed and the private flights taken during the last trip that took him to Spain, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, France and the USA. Acento reports that there were 55 people in the presidential delegation, of whom 45 were special guests of the President and First Lady Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez. The hotels included the Villamagna and Arts Barcelona.
The Fernandez administration has been ranked second of 139 counries for wastefulness of government spending by the World Economic Forum in its 2010-2011 Global Competitiveness Report.
Breaking News!! – Nuria confirms that Felix Bautista of the PLD is just another corrupt scumbag and close friend of the useless Dominican president Leonel Fernandez. Dominican Investigative Journalist Nuria Piera has uncovered at least US$2.5 million in kickbacks received by President Michel Martelly, from a Dominican construction firm owned by Dominican Senator Felix Bautista……. Update: The truth hurts, but Felix was a nobody before Leonel became president, in a few years he has become a multi million dollar businessman, where did all that money come from!!!
The are only two questions left: How did Felix Bautista (a shirt tailor from DR a few years back!!!) manage to get most of the entire reconstruction budget of USD 500 Million for Haiti? And who did he share all that money with??? No wonder Haiti is moving nowhere!!!
UPDATE 2: April 9, 2012 – Nuria protests visits and raids by state intelligence
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