Elida Escobar’s position on the Belize People’s Front (BPF) was rescinded from running in Cayo Central earlier this week. There was speculation that Escobar’s removal from the slate was due to falsified documents and dual nationality. Today, Escobar came on the media and defended her name and clarified that she was born and raised in Belize.
Elida Escobar, former Belize People’s Front standard bearer: “I started to do my own investigation and I told my mom “Do you know about this ?” and she said “No, I never knew about it.” So I went to the place where I was born I was born in Placencia. I am 100% Belizean thank goodness for that and I went to the clinic in Pomona to the clinic where I was born and I found the books, no one can fake a thirty year old book and no one can register there, no one can say Elita thirty years ago came here and had her vaccine her first injection. So I found all my records, I found the records of my mom when she was pregnant and her pregnancy control when she was pregnant with me so all of that and then I sent it to her and I told her well I did my own investigation. Firs thing I did was call the Guatemalan embassy and I asked them you know can I have a copy of this birth certificate and they told me that no one can have a copy of any birth certificate, that that has to be someone from the government who is really have access to their registration system so I didn’t have that access I didn’t know anyone in Guatemala with that access so I couldn’t get it and Ms.Nancy didn’t send me an official disclosure saying “You know Elita this person from Guatemala sent a birth certificate and they say that you’re Guatemalan.” I have never in my life held a Guatemalan ID, I see they made photoshops of me and the media saying I voted in Guatemala- have never voted in Guatemala.”
Escobar also clarified speculations on the Guatemalan pageant she participated in and her rapport with the Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia.
Elida Escobar, former Belize People’s Front standard bearer: “I am the Queen of the Mayans in Peten just – and I did that as a Belizean, I represented the Mayan culture because Mayan culture we are Mayan culture and I presented the Mayan culture in Peten and I sign that in as a Belizean. The Mayan thing is a culture it’s not about is it a Belizean or a Guatemalan or a Honduran, El Salvador , Mexico – in MesoAmerica where I was going to go compete I was going to compete with all of these young ladies too for the Mayan crown but like I said I didn’t have to be Guatemalan and I wasn’t representing Guatemala itself not at all I was representing the Mayan culture in Peten. I see the people that posted a picture of me voting in Guatemala and a picture of me and the Minister Heredia– I had a project, I used to represent Chambers of Commerce in the San Pedro chapter in 2008 and COTA in the United States we had a housing project for up north San Pedro and that’s the project that I brought to the table to the Minister Heredia I think I’m sure he can call and clarify that too. I was working on a project for the low income people so they can have a decent house and we can finance it at a low rate.”
Escobar stated that no disclosure was given to her by the BPF.