Right now it's the PRD that's going down because they can't get over their addiction to gutter politics and literally beating up whomever opposes them, but in a couple of months, dear reader, we'll see the collapse of Ricardo Martinelli, his Cambio Democratico and some allies.
Why? Because while the PRD is addicted to violence; Martinelli & Co are addicted to money. So they steal, skim off, loot - whatever they can get their hands on. And they made the big mistake of doing such deals with the Italians surrounding Silvio Berlusconi, notably his bagman Valter Lavitola.
The scheme, in short, seems to have amounted to buying overrpiced equipment from FINMECCANICA (an Italian state enterprise) and then receiving some of the mark-up back as a bribe.
In this case, Italian prosecutors allege, the bribe money was at least $23.4 million, and Lavitola as well as FINMECCANICA sales director Paolo Pozzessere were responsible for arranging the deal and now face trial over it.
Documents released by the prosecution on Monday name Martinelli as one recipient who would receive over $20 million, plus a Hermes styled luxury helicopter. The money was supposedly paid, the chopper never arrived though.
Lavitola has been allowed house arrest - an indication that he has been cooperating with the prosecutors.
Martinelli is still a free man.