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NPP candidate demands Bernier explain convicted candidates on ballot

By on September 10, 2016

Waldemar Volmar, Dorado mayoral candidate under the New Progressive Party (NPP), urged Popular Democratic Party (PDP) president and gubernatorial candidate David Bernier to explain “why he keeps candidates convicted for corruption in his ballot, among them Dorado’s mayor, Carlos López.”

Volmar maintained that Bernier has not taken the necessary measures to eliminate those candidates from the ballot, placing particular emphasis on his own rival, Mayor López, saying the latter was found guilty for embezzling public funds.

The PDP's resident commissioner candidate, Héctor Ferrer, gubernatorial candidate David Bernier, and San Lorenzo Mayor Joe Román. (Inter News Service)

PDP Resident Commissioner candidate, Héctor Ferrer, gubernatorial candidate David Bernier, and San Lorenzo Mayor Joe Román. (Inter News Service)

He contrasted that none of the NPP candidates have been charged with corruption, while in the PDP “there are several who have failed in their public service. The people must ask themselves, ‘are these who we want to take the reins of our motherland?'”

The pro-statehood candidate said, “This is one more chapter in inconsistencies and Bernier’s weakness to deal with corruption within his party. He doesn’t have the…leadership to attend the corruption issue.”

He signaled out legislators such as María Teresa “Mari Tere” González, “who upon relying on the Fifth Amendment demonstrated she had committed illegal acts, but continues not only in her role as senator, but also directing the designation commission. We already know that Perelló’s ‘resignation’ was a montage and he not only continues as House de facto president, but right now he is in Panama carrying out presidential functions.”

“Bernier’s ‘serene firmness’ is nothing more than complicity and tolerance of corruption,” Vilmar added.

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