In continuing with Senator Mark Lizarraga, he also spoke on the Chief Justice’s ruling in regards to the Petrocaribe funds. As you will recall, the CJ ruled that the constitution be amended to facilitate multiple supplementary budgets that were never taken to the House of Representatives for approval as is required by the Finance and Audit Reform Act. The Opposition Leader had stated that they would want an audit to be done on the PetroCaribe funds before they give their support to the amendments. Business Senator, Mark Lizarraga, told us today that he agrees with this.
Mark Lizarraga, Senator: “We have to pay back this money and we have been calling for accounting, for disclosure, tell us what you’re spending the money on not just ‘Can’t you see it out there?’ or throw a party here or throw a party there. No. We need to know what did we really get for that money and I think that we haven’t, we don’t know because there’s not been full disclosure, there’s not been an independent audit of that fund but irregardless of that we still have to pay it. When you see the cost of living going up why do you think it’s going up? Why do you think it isn’t coming down? If we didn’t have such a high tax burden as a country our taxes could go down. Why do you think other places sell things cheaper than us ? It’s just tax policy. And why do you think our taxes are so high, because our government spends money that it doesn’t account for. My advice would be that if the government wants the support of people in that matter that it should allow for a full and independent audit of those monies otherwise it’s not gonna come. I don’t see that. I would not support it making legal that which was illegal and I still don’t know how that money was properly spent or where did it all go.”
1.5 billion dollars were reportedly spent without proper authorization from the National Assembly.