The UDP headquarters on Youth for the Future Drive was the venue for its final National Party Council meeting leading up to their convention on February 9. Love News stood outside the headquarters awaiting several officials in the hope of getting answers to multiple national issues brewing in Belize. As it stands the primary official the media has been wanting to hear from is the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar. Saldivar’s name has been in the news in recent weeks surrounding allegations of bribery and corruption. Aside from that, the Belize Defence Force which falls under his portfolio is dealing with a scandal of its own surrounding allegations of a sexual nature and there is the matter of the Auditor General’s reports that the police department under Saldivar’s ministry has been tasked to investigate. Despite all these national matters, Saldivar remains mum. As a matter of fact, he was even MIA at the BDF’s graduation and anniversary on Friday. Our News Director approached him on Saturday hoping to get answers on these matters and more but as has been the norm, Saldivar denied the media an interview. He walked to his vehicle surrounded by his bodyguards and told Love News that he will give an interview after February 9. Despite being securely tucked away in his plush SUV, one of Saldivar’s bodyguard still chose to push our News Director, Renee Trujillo, away from the vehicle. It is not the first time that a member of the media has been assaulted by police with no remorse or apology. In this case, Trujillo didn’t just stand and play the victim. Here is a recap of how those 30 seconds unfolded on Saturday morning.
Our next attempt at an interview was with Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber. His response to the media was far more welcoming and while he didn’t provide any comments, there were no bodyguards and no aggression towards the media.