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DPM Faber explains absence from Garifuna Settlement Day ceremony

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017. 11:01 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, in an interview with the media this week, responded to allegations that he had skipped the official November 19th Garifuna Day Celebration ceremony and abdicated his responsibilities, saying he simply took some time for himself after being involved in a plane crash in Placencia on Friday.

According to Faber, after the ordeal he decided to just relax for the weekend. “I think that is fair. I don’t think anybody can quarrel with that,” Faber said. He added that he was not hiding from his duties as the opposition had suggested in a series of posts on social media.

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“Listen, everybody who knows me and checks my record will see that I embrace all the cultures in this country. But the people of the south know. I don’t only go to Dangriga or to Punta Gorda when it is that they are celebrating the 19th November. I am a regular at all of these events. The National Garifuna Council and the branches of the Garifuna Council in Belize City, in Belmopan – everywhere else that you check will tell you that we support their events. I personally support their events,” Faber said.

Dangriga Area Representative and known Faber rival, Frank “Pawpa” Mena filled in for the DPM during the official ceremony.

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