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SALDIVAR POLITICS

John Saldivar is in support of Campaign Financing laws

On the heels of being accused of corruption and bribery, John Saldivar says that he has no issue with campaign financing legislation.  He did note, however, that unless the public is willing to see the Government fund the political campaigns, then further thought should be given on this legislation.

On the heels of being accused of corruption and bribery, John Saldivar says that he has no issue with campaign financing legislation.  He did note, however, that unless the public is willing to see the Government fund the political campaigns, then further thought should be given on this legislation.

Continuing on the topic of corruption, Saldivar was asked about acts of wrongdoings by his fellow UDP elected officials.  While he would only concede that mistakes have been made he did fall back on the past actions of the PUP.

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security:“I continue to say Ernesto that there has been no provable corruption against most of my ministers if not all.”

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: ‘Provable’ and ‘most’.

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security:“Yes. Provable. And I have to be careful how I word it because we know that there have been accusations, that has not been missing.”

Tanya Hulse, Host, The Morning Show: That has been circumstantial evidence as well.

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security:“Well circumstantial evidence can’t convict anybody.” 

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: Are we talking about legal fact as opposed to factual —

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security:“I wont get into that. Ernesto you’re asking me to try a case which I can’t try that case. My point is simple —-“

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: You are asking the people of this country to make you the next leader of this country. I have to ask you the basic questions of how you think, what you want for the country and I need to get that out of the way.

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security:“Let me say this, I believe definitely we’ve made mistakes.” 

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: Big mistakes or small mistakes ?

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security:“Sin is sin if you want to put it that way. We need to fix things, we need the campaign financing laws, we need stronger anti corruption laws, we need to deal with corruption in public life in a more stronger way and I would want to see such laws put on the books at the earliest. So there is no question about that but for you to say that we are the most corrupt government ever-“

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: I am asking you —

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security:“No, but this is the narrative that they are trying to say out there and if you’re going to use the word most then it has to be compared to something. So if you’re going to say we are the most corrupt then compare it to others. The comparison has to happen Tanya and when that comparison happens I am sure that my party and my government will come out smelling like roses.”

With all that was said and done by Saldivar during The Morning Show today, what was not mentioned were the names of other colleagues who are behaving like they did not receive monies too.  A recent publication on social media has listed three Government Ministers and a recently fired Government official as being those on the receiving end.  Saldivar, however, remained mum this particular issue.

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: You did mention that some of your colleagues who sanctimoniously are behaving like they didn’t receive so generally they received something.

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security: “I’m talking about my colleagues on both sides.”

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: I think you said ‘there are some politicians even in my party who are pretending sanctimoniously that they don’t.’ Okay, we get the impression out there that there is a serious rift within your party.

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security: “I won’t say that there is not a rift, we just had a convention, it was a competitive convention and as you all know that same line that we talked about in terms of bribery and corruption was run very heavy hoping to destabilize my candidacy, it didn’t work but there was a convention and so there are hard feelings on both sides and that will take time to heal but I’m confident that with time those will heal and we’ll be back together as one United Democratic Party.”

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: You see you mentioned again in this conversation, I mean how much time are we talking about ? 

 John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security: “I don’t think it will take that long Ernesto we have all been friends, we’ll find a solution. Right now we have a Prime Minister let me clear that. Right now we have a Prime Minister and he is constitutionally our Prime Minister until the election is called so we are not in a leadership crisis as a government. We still have our Prime Minister he’s still running this government, it is in terms of the future after he leaves we must determine who will lead so we are not in a crisis as a government.”

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: What I conclude is that it’s either yourself or Faber who are going to be the leaders of the party.

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security: “Well that’s your conclusion Ernesto I can’t confirm that.”

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: That’s why I ask so it can’t get complicated than that.

John Saldivar, Former Minister of National Security:  “I can’t confirm that.