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Insider Corruption Is The Other Virus That Can Infect and Destroy, and the Cortizo Administration Legacy

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This topic appears to be directly related to and a rapid reaction to the recent government purchases at bloated prices that led to the quick resignation of Vice Minister Juan Carlos Muñoz. Click Here to see the other referenced topic.

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When solidaity means “only for me”

Posted 21/05/2020

ACCOUNTABILITY builds trust. And in these times of crisis, in which every dollar means saving a life or feeding a family, transparency is imperative. If the rulers had as north to manage the State as a good father of a family, they would receive applause, instead of criticism. And we have seen much of the latter in these weeks of quarantine because the health and social crisis caused by the pandemic has not been the occasion for politicians to represent the interests of the community, but, on the contrary, many have turned the crisis in an opportunity to benefit themselves or their circle of interest. Many of the purchases that were made appeared noble, altruistic ends, but that citizen who is at home has only scratched the surface to discover with horror that what was advertised as a collective benefit was, at the same time, gross profits for a few. The most pronounced word of many politicians in this crisis was "solidarity", but in private, it was "only for me". There is still time to use State funds with moderation and prudence, bearing in mind that they have a legal, moral and electoral obligation to do so with transparency.- LA PRENSA. May 21.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/when-solidaity-means-only-for-me-1

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Procurador de la Administración acoge denuncia contra Sabonge por rechazo de donación de hospital

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Rafael Sabonge. TR

Odalis Núñez

El procurador de la Administración, Rigoberto González acogió la denuncia contra el ministro de Obras Públicas de Panamá, Rafael Sabonge.

Esto, por la decisión del Gobierno Nacional de no haber aceptado una propuesta de "donación" de la empresa China Construcción América (CCA), para convertir temporalmente el Centro de Convenciones de Amador en un hospital de nivel 1 (observación) para pacientes con COVID-19, y en su lugar decidió construir el Hospital Integrado Panamá Solidario. 

Esta determinación consta en la Resolución N° DS-101-2020 suscrita por el procurador de la administración el jueves del 21 de mayo, luego que el pasado 18 de mayo, el abogado Ernesto Cedeño presentó la denuncia.

El documento establece también “ iniciar las acciones necesarias y realizar las diligencias preliminares y medidas que se consideren convenientes, a fin de procurar que se esclarezcan los hechos denunciados por el Dr. Ernesto Cedeño, de la Firma Forense Estudio Juridico Cedeño”.

Asimismo, la Procuraduría remitió copia certificada del escrito de la denuncia y copia autenticada de la presente resolución al ministro Sabonge, para que rinda un informe explicativo sobre los hechos descritos en la acusación presentada.

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Recorrido del ministro de Obras Públicas de Panamá, Rafael Sabonge junto al presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo por el hospital modular

Por su parte, el Despacho Superior del MOP recibió este viernes 22 de mayo, un documento solicitando le remita a la Procuraduría de la Administración un informe explicativo de  7 preguntas, en el término de cinco (5) días, sobre los hechos relacionados en la mencionada denuncia.

Entre estos ¿Exitió una propuesta de parte de la empresa China Construcción América (CCA), detallando cómo se haría la adecuación del Centro de Convenciones de Amador, para transformarlo en un hospital modular -nivel 1 para atender a pacientes de COVID-19? 

-Copia del escrito donde el MOP consulta al Ministerio de Salud sobre la citada propuesta de la empresa CCA.

-Copia del informe en el que aparecen las razones por las que se decidió utilizar hoteles para albergar a los pacientes leves.

-Informe del MOP sobre la licitación del Hospital Integrado Panamá Solidario.

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Hospital Integrado Panamá Solidario

La Procuraduría de la Administración deberá agotar la investigación en un término no mayor de dos (2) meses y absolver el mérito de la misma dentro de los treinta (30) días siguientes a la fecha que quede agotada la investigación respectiva, conforme lo preceptúa el artículo 88 de la Ley N°38 de 31 de julio de 2000.

 

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Administration Attorney accepts complaint against Sabonge for refusal of hospital donation

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Odalis Núñez • May 22, 2020 - 01:49 PM

The attorney for the Administration, Rigoberto González accepted the complaint against the Minister of Public Works of Panama, Rafael Sabonge.

This, due to the decision of the National Government not to have accepted a "donation" proposal from the company China Construction America (CCA), to temporarily convert the Amador Convention Center into a level 1 hospital (observation) for patients with COVID -19, and instead decided to build the Panama Solidario Integrated Hospital.

This determination is recorded in Resolution No. DS-101-2020 signed by the administration attorney general on Thursday, May 21, after lawyer Ernesto Cedeño filed the complaint on May 18.

The document also establishes "to initiate the necessary actions and to carry out the preliminary steps and measures deemed appropriate, in order to ensure that the facts denounced by Dr. Ernesto Cedeño, of the Forensic Law Firm Cedeño, are clarified."

In addition, the Office of the Attorney General sent a certified copy of the complaint document and an authenticated copy of this resolution to Minister Sabonge, so that he may render an explanatory report on the events described in the accusation presented.

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Tour of the Minister of Public Works of Panama, Rafael Sabonge with the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo around the modular hospital

For its part, the Superior Office of the MOP received this Friday, May 22, a document requesting that it send the Administration Prosecutor an explanatory report of 7 questions, within five (5) days, on the events related to the mentioned complaint.

Among these, did a proposal from the company China Construction America (CCA), detailing how the adaptation of the Amador Convention Center, to transform it into a modular hospital-level 1 to serve COVID-19 patients?

-Copy of the document where the MOP consults the Ministry of Health on the aforementioned proposal from the CCA company.

-Copy of the report that shows the reasons why it was decided to use hotels to house mild patients.

-MOP report on the tender for the Integrated Hospital Panama Solidario.

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Panama Solidario Integrated Hospital

The Administration Attorney's Office must exhaust the investigation in a term not exceeding two (2) months and absolve the merit of the investigation within thirty (30) days after the date that the respective investigation is exhausted, as required by the Article 88 of Law No. 38 of July 31, 2000.

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/05/22/procurador-administracion-acoge-denuncia-sabonge/2883885.html

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Datos abiertos para evitar la corrupción

El acceso a la información es una de las principales herramientas para acabar con la opacidad en la gestión de lo público, plantea organismo de la OEA.
 
Eliana Morales Gil
23 may 2020 - 10:37 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/datos-abiertos-para-evitar-la-corrupcion/

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Los módulos del hospital de Albrook, el espinoso tema que genera silencio

Un exdirector de Contrataciones Públicas opina que la Contraloría debe auditar la obra. Mientras, el ministro de Obras Públicas dice que responderá hoy.
 
Ereida Prieto-Barreiro
23 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/los-modulos-del-hospital-de-albrook-el-espinoso-tema-que-genera-silencio/

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Panama President gets media broadsides

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Posted 22/05/2020

Panama President Laurentino got blasts from both of the country’s journalism associations and from La Prensa, on Friday, May 22,  following a taxpayer-funded government advertisement decrying attempts to get answers on profligate spending lining the pockets of a few with “connections”. La Prensa, an erstwhile supporter of many of the president’s actions, published a front page editorial on Friday  May 22. The editorial reads"

IF THERE IS a government victim during this pandemic, that has been transparency. It is not a fact that this newspaper has only discovered since many citizens have investigated on their own account the purchases managed under this tragedy. The findings are multiple and shocking.

With deep concern we are witness to practices that we thought had been overcome, those in which a business was made out of every need. There are too many similarities between the negotiated then and what is now emerging. But what is worse, the authorities, instead of clarifying, have resorted to the script used during the worst looting that Panama suffered since democracy recovered, the one that is marked by the threat to the independent media and the discredit campaigns against the brave citizens who remain vigilant.

Mr President, this message is for you. Those of us who still want to believe in your promises of "Good Government" do not accept that accountability comes this way, with paid notices and vulgar smear campaigns. Clear, complete, and document-backed responses suffice.

Your government today undertook a defense strategy of very sad remembrance: to attack the credibility of this medium and to do so with public funds. On the sidewalk he has applauded the same man who used it mercilessly while looting public coffers. Do not follow his example.

When the first year of management has not yet come to an end, President Cortizo, we want to think that your team has been poorly advised and that the enormous responsibility for this crisis has given rise to an impetuous reaction.

This propaganda, far from clarifying, has raised more questions. Or is it that they believe that alleging, in an announcement, that "the Executive has not spent a single balboa to buy medical equipment from the Covid-19 budget [and that] the Executive has not made any purchase of medical equipment"? closes the investigation?

This medium has a mission to fulfill and will continue to do so. If instead of using the millions allocated to advertising and branding for ads of this nature, it were to give society true, detailed, pertinent and timely information, the Executive would win as much as the country. Using public funds to pretend to deny a journalistic investigation, instead of opening books and being transparent, is an abuse of power.

If you believe so, citizens, a very tortuous path awaits us, because those promises hid an authoritarian government with a renewed zero circle of corruption.

Without transparency, there is no good governance

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/world/panama-president-gets-media-broadsides

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Ministro Sabonge sobre denuncia en caso del hospital modular: ‘Daré debida respuesta’

José González Pinilla
23 may 2020 - 11:42 AM

https://www.prensa.com/politica/ministro-sabonge-sobre-denuncia-en-caso-del-hospital-modular-dare-debida-respuesta/

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OPINION: Nothing wrong What’s to hide?

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Modular Hospital,Panama

Posted 23/05/2020

The challenge presented to Latin American countries by the Covid-19 pandemic fueled some of the worst instincts of governments in the region. The Organization of American States has made a direct call to the Latin American authorities to promote transparency and access to information. Unfortunately, in our America there are too many examples of officials and politicians denounced and investigated for corrupt actions in times of the pandemic. In the list we have ministers, and dozens of mayors and governors in different countries. The list lengthens with the claims of hapless peoples who are still waiting for a food bag or a relief voucher. There are protests that are not appeased because marginalized communities insist on asking for some type of financial assistance. This brings us to Panama: here the health part of the government response has been almost flawless; However, the opacity of the purchase of the modular hospital and other contracts begins to end the patience of public opinion. The logical conclusion is that if nothing wrong has been done, there is no reason to hide the information- LA PRENSA, May  23

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-nothing-wrong-whats-to-hide

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Ministro Sabonge: ¿Estructuras modulares de segunda?

El titular del MOP, Rafael Sabonge, dijo que no respondió preguntas porque ‘prefiero desmentir a que valides tu reportaje con una cita mía sacada de contexto’.
 
Ereida Prieto-Barreiro
25 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/sabonge-estructuras-modulares-de-segunda/

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El Ministerio Público investiga el hospital modular de Albrook

Busca levantar un informe técnico que determine la calidad de la obra con peritos independientes, y con el apoyo de la Contraloría.
 
25 may 2020 - 11:15 PM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-mp-investiga-el-hospital-modular-de-albrook/

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