In November, Orange Walk East area representative for the People’s United Party (PUP), Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez, indicated that he would not run for a second term due to health reasons. But persistent media reports indicate that he may be forced to leave sooner than that because of alleged domestic incidents.
Dr. Mendez is separating from his wife, and the Department of Social Services is reported to have opened an investigation regarding a complaint by the lady.
Police in Orange Walk say they have gotten no such report as yet, and Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez has made no public comment.
We queried the matter on Tuesday with Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca, and he sent us an email response which we reproduce in full.
It reads, “My response is based on information and facts available to me as of 11:30 am, today, January 27th, 2015. I have spoken to Dr. Marcotulio Mendez. His position is that if in fact any such allegations do materialize, he intends to defend and protect his name and reputation vigorously. At this point given the information available to me I am unable to comment beyond that. Obviously if and when further information becomes available the Party will review and act accordingly. Any such allegation must be treated with the greatest of seriousness but I reiterate that at this point all that has come to me and the Party has been rumour and speculation.”
Should Dr. Mendez choose to resign, his post would likely be filled in the first instance by Josue Carballo, the candidate recently elected as Standard Bearer for the Division. It would be the second by-election this year after the major victory of Omar Figueroa for the UDP in Cayo North.
Josue Carballo would likely square off with the UDP candidate Elodio Aragon Jr. However, it is all speculation at this point and we will keep following the story.