According to the documents, the Justice of the Peace who signed the papers was Darlene Padron. Padron is no stranger to the UDP political circles and this afternoon, PUP Leader John Briceno, highlighted Padron’s role in the questionable land transactions.
John Briceno – Leader of the Opposition
“We know that she is a UDP operative, she has put her name forward to try to represent the UDP both in San Felipe and in Orange Walk south. We know that Gaspar Vega brought in key people in key areas of the ministry. Remember his nephews, he had one as deputy commissioner of lands and one as deputy registrar of lands, two individuals that knew nothing about land and then he brought in Mr. Gillet the daughter of Derrick Gillet who is compadre with Gaspar Vega, who has benefited in the hundreds of thousands of dollars by getting land from Gaspar Vega, his compadre. He brought in also Darlene Padron and even appointed her as justice of the peace so that they can sign the documents within themselves, they don’t have to go outside of the ministry. So then Darlene Padron as the justice of the peace signed that she saw that Amy Forte signed the land and then that she, Amy Forte signed the conveyance to transfer the land to Andre Vega and I can assure you that they have been countless other files that Darlene Padron has signed. Now in this case it is not follow the money, it is follow the signatures. We need to investigate all the documents that Darlene Padron, JP signed. It was the same Prime Minister that gave the directive that Darlene Padron must be removed from the Ministry of Lands; she is now in the Department of Environment. She obviously was not moved because she was doing such a spectacularly good job in the Ministry of lands but because of the complaints of what was taking place in the Ministry of Natural Resources under Gaspar Vega.”