Raisa Banfield joins José Blandón pro-corruption ticket


blandonbanfield [dropcap type="circle" color="#ffffff" background="#e53b2c"]W[/dropcap]e aren’t really covering the campaign trail for May 2014 that much here at Bananama Republic, dear readers, mainly because it’s all a load of nauseating crock. Martinelli has his puppet José Domingo Arías running. The PRD, when they’re not fighting each other, has Juan Carlos Navarro running, which is much the same thing. And the Panameñistas, when they’re not fighting each other, have Juan Carlos Varela running, which is also much of the same thing as he has been a Martinelli accomplice for considerable time. Then there’s Juan Jované, who won’t win. And FAD, which might get some seats here and there. The result is predictable: We’ll have five more years of more or less the same.

Then there is the race for mayor of Panama City. From that front, we can report that environmental activist Raisa Banfield has joined the ticket of José Isabel Blandón, who is currently a Panameñista legislator.

Whaaat? Yes, that was our response as well. Because, based on documentary evidence – thousands of leaked emails – we reported here how Mr. Blandón, through his law firm Blandón & Young, was being paid by career criminal Monte Friesner to draft, file and move to have passed a law that would be beneficial to Friesner’s business – a business that has since been closed down by Panamanian regulators and MasterCard amid allegations of fraud and financial crimes.

Why Raisa Banfield would want to whitewash the reputation of someone as sleazy as Blandón – who is popular among middle-aged women and was the brain behind the disastrous candidacy and short-lived term of buffoon Bosco “the clown” Vallarino – is of course anyone’s guess. Maybe she is for sale too, or is she just dumb?

About the author /

Okke Ornstein is an award winning journalist, TV/Radio producer and photographer from the Netherlands and currently based in Panama. Specialized in high-impact investigative journalism, his work has led to arrests, questions in parliament and the downfall of many frauds and swindles.

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