Minister of Security Raul Mulino, also known as the "Butcher of Bocas", gifted with a bottomless imagination where it comes to promoting our glorious nation, has announced plans to hermetically seal the border with Costa Rica, apparently by building a wall.
In an article in Mexican publication Excélsior, Mulino is quoted:
"Una frontera que yo le he llamado nuestra 'pequeña Tijuana''', en alusión a la ciudad del estado mexicano de Baja California, fronteriza con Estados Unidos y afectada tanto por las actividades de los carteles de la droga como por un intenso flujo de migrantes que solo pudo ser detenido erigiendo un muro en la frontera.
Mulino worries that the Costa Rican border is uncontrolled and easy to cross, which offers lots of opportunities for undocumented people, drug trafficking, contraband and other such pillars of the Panamanian economy.
That is of course consistent with our government's policy of making a big show of cracking down on drug trafficking while doing nothing against money laundering - which is where the real money is.
But hey! Panama will have a new tourist attraction! Stay in Boquete and make a day trip to see the Panama Wall; watch undocumented fortune seekers being shot in the face by our fearless fronterizas!
Maybe you'll even be able to witness a spy exchange at
Checkpoint Charlie Paso Canoa!