Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020. 3:26 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: This morning Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno was on The Morning Whip on Vibes media discussing national issues.
Among the most prevalent is the case in which the Chief Justice struck down the Petro Caribe Loans Act (“Loans Act”) and condemned the associated spending of approximately $1.5 billion dollars as being unconstitutional.
Briceno says that rather than seeing that it is a victory for the PUP, the victory is for the people.
“This is a victory for the people because we cannot continue to allow politicians, ministers, prime ministers especially this Prime Minister who now has the dubious record of being the only Prime Minister that has been found guilty in the Supreme Court for breaking the law, for spending money recklessly, maliciously and to ensure that they could win another election and just stay in power no matter what,” Briceno said.
In addition, Briceno said that the money could have been used to fight poverty, fight crime, to send children to school and improve the health system.
On Friday, January 31, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin found that spending of approximately $100 million in 2013-2014, for which there was no parliamentary approval, was a direct violation of the Constitution by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow and Financial Secretary Joseph Waight.
Further spending of approximately 1.4 billion dollars covered in 21 supplementary appropriation bills brought to the House over a decade was also found to violate the Constitution and to be null and void.
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