Our Minister of Commerce and Industry, Roberto Henríquez, doesn't just look like a has-been ballroom dancer; he is always good for bizarre quotes too. So we just love it when he goes on TV to denounce one thing or the other. On March 17, for example, this genius warned that "the extreme left wants to take over the country", as if a communist coup was imminent - all that was going on in the real world was construction workers protesting tax hikes, while in Panama only the rich - and expat gringos in Hawaii shirts - are allowed to complain about their taxes as anyone knows.
Today, Friday, he went on Telemetro and didn't disappoint either. The accusations against Martinelli published in Costa Rica, linking him with drug trafficking and money laundering and mafia rule, Henríquez said, are nothing but an attempt to overthrow Martinelli.
Oh my God, another coup!
Henríquez went on to say that anyone can start an online publication from anywhere and accuse people! Indeed - welcome to the 21st century, bozo....
Also funny: Varela is in the US and releases statements every two hours exclaiming how close and fantastic the relationship of Panama with the Americans really is, no really, couldn't be better and we're making sooo much progress - we're telling you, dear readers, this guy is getting his ass spanked up there.
What really seems to have hurt our narco-president and his mobster clique are some pictures El País published of Martinelli being close with allies and family members during his campaign who are now all in Mexican prisons for laundering drug money - all except Martinelli himself that is. Earlier, Martinelli had claimed not to have seen some of these persons in ten years. Here are those images: