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Patrick Faber calls out UDP on John Saldivar’s corruption issue

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2022. 8:10 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Addressing the wider perception of corruption unveiled by the recent designation of rival John Saldivar by the U.S. State Department, Collet area representative Patrick Faber said it was a clear vindication of his stance on sweeping out those perceived to be corrupt and set in their ways.

And while he said he would refrain from going after Saldivar specifically, Faber noted that it’s not just him that the party needs to sweep out, as seen in the U.S.’s handling of the Lev Dermen affair: “I think that where we see very clearly that there is that perception of corruption. The U.S. Government knows well in my view, I think one U.S. news media outlet went further than what the U.S. release had said and went very specific on some things. That made you understand it is not something targeted against Mr. Saldivar alone here, that is a part of a bigger effort of the U.S. You saw other people involved with Lev Dermen being ostracized in different ways, that anybody connected to that case the U.S. feels they have to be dealt with and so just happens that Mr. Saldivar is here and he is a foreign politician and that is the way they can ostracize or punish him for what they believe was his role in scamming the taxes of the U.S. Government.”

And that, Faber added, leaves his party with a significant decision to make: “What everybody would think, I think it is very clear that people have the perception that Mr. Saldivar is severely corrupt. If he is able to get the vote to go his way whenever the meeting is, it will say about the UDP that even though you tried with the special committee that you are weak and not serious about eradicating corruption or winning the next election. That is ultimately what matters here you know. Yes, the party could do what it wants, in a virtual NPC select Mr. Saldivar to go back, a lot of these failed candidates who have the same perception nationally, or that they are genuinely weak as candidates. The party could force those persons on the electorate all we want. Ultimately, we are not going to win. We have to decide what we want. Do we want to put forward our best foot and have people believe we are serious or have people believe we are a joke and the laughing stock out there?”

But he added that he does not trust the current leadership to make it considering the treatment of himself and other dissenters, and revealing that the Party Leader does not even speak to him these days.


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