The bill was moved through all its stages today however it was not up for debate. The opposition, of course, placed on the record their complete disapproval of passing of the bill but were unable to say much at today’s sitting because knowledge of this bill was not made available until yesterday evening and the parliamentarians came prepared with eloquent speeches on a budget not on a bill legitimizing the spending of Petro Caribe dollars. This hit an especially sour note with one parliamentarian- Hon Julius Espat, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, who has a pending court case with GOB on the validity of the Petro Caribe spending.
“This bill that he’s passinggives him and will give him the power to spend the money from here onward. But it doesn’t retroactivelydo what it wants him to do which is makes what he unlawfully did right. that connot happen, and we will prove that in court.
Emmanuel Pech- Plus T.V Journalist
“So you think it’s an attempt to retroactively cover up for the upcoming date in court?”
“It the Prime Minister was right in saying that everything he did was correct and then he decided to put in a motion, remember he is the one that accused me in the pass of not knowing how to write motions and not knoing how to repesnt motions? You were there when we were doing the PAC one. But he is the one now that is coming with a law by passing everything he has done in the law because he is wrong. We have caught him – we have caught him with his hand in the cookie jar. The problem is that there is no more cookies in the jar, because he has it stuffed in the Central Bank Account. That is the problem.
“Now with this law, the court case will now crumble?”
No! We will continue because as I said before, this law does not legitimize what he has done in the pass. It only legitimizes where he can spend the money from here onward and that is fundamentally wrong under our constitution.”
the case was filed on October 29th 2014.