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#417799 - 10/05/11 02:00 PM John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club
Marty Offline
Last night we told you about the testy public exchange between former PUP Leader Said Musa and current leader John Briceno. It happened at Saturday's National Party Council Meeting at BES in Belize City. As we reported, Musa called out Briceno's leadership for always crying that it's broke and asked where is the PUP going?

Briceno fired back - talking about PUP millionaires with offshore accounts who needed to bring their money and help the opposition. Last night, he downplayed the extraordinary, frontal assault, saying he wasn't singling out anyone.

But, really, he was. 7news has obtained a copy of the speech, which was aired live on Vibes Radio - and we've excerpted the 45 seconds or so in which he lashed out at so - called PUP millionaires:

Hon. John Briceno
"First of all I agree with the former party leader where he said that we can't continue to use the issue about money as an excuse but I want to ask where are those millionaires, those people that made millions of dollars over the 10 years when we were in government. Where are those people that benefitted and made millions? I could give you all names, but I won't call out names. They need to write out checks; they need to bring to the PUP! Money so we can run our People's United Party. That money does not belong in foreign bank accounts! Bring it here, so we could fight once again and we could take down Barrow and the UDP!"

We probably don't need to say it, but the speech is extraordinary for two reasons: first it sort of officially confirms corruption; that there were those who privately profited and benefitted from the PUP's last term of office.

Second, it shows Briceno at stark odds with key players in his party, it demonstrates growing impatience with the old guard and growing fatigue with the party's being broke.

Whether this will push to some sort of tipping point or be just another awkward period of disease between factions of the party remains to be seen. We do know that a national executive meeting has been called for this Friday.

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#417844 - 10/05/11 04:09 PM Re: John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
from a friend.....

I got some interesting information yesterday, fourth hand gossip, that Johnny Briceno admitted to a reporter that the PUP was broke. He wants, he is quoted as saying the OLD GUARD to bring some of the tens of millions of dollars they stole or embezzled from Belize, that they have in foreign accounts abroad. He was reported as saying those millions of dollars, or at least a part, belong in the treasury of the PUP political gang, to conduct this coming election campaign.

Not knowing what of this information was distorted or not, I did not write anything. But this evening on TV, one show actually replayed the video speech of Johnny Briceno in snippets and he got a standing ovation from the PUP crowd.

The inferences are plain from his spèech. He is admitting as a PUP Chairman, leader, mafia boss, that the OLD GUARD were crooks. He did not name names, but the opinions on the street name: SAID MUSA, RALPH FONSECA and GLEN GODFREY.

The guesses run anywhere from $150 million USD., up to, or over $500 million USD., believed to be in banks in Panama and Uruguay. This is the money of Belizean taxpayers, embezzled, or stolen from the nation. Since Johnny, the ultimate insider of the PUP says it, you should take it as true. What is that old saying about fish coming up from river bottom, to tell you what the Alligator is doing? Something like that here. This is from the horses mouth.

We all know it is true, just the amounts are suspect. Glen got documented for about $12 million USD or more alone in past newspaper articles..

WOW! The George Street Gang should take up kidnapping for ransom, instead of holding up grocery stores for penny ante change, and murdering in the streets. There is big money in these three guys off shore foreign accounts, if Briceno the PUP leader is believed?.

WesternBelizeHappenings.com

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#417914 - 10/06/11 01:24 PM Re: John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Dean B. On Briceno...

"The PUP Millionaires" - John Briceno attacked that faceless blue brotherhood at a national party council meeting on Saturday - and already the term has gone into cultural lore; the millionaires now joining other deathless political phrases such as Jorge Espat's "bloated contracts," Said Musa's "billions with a 'b'", Mayor Moya's "under-deposits" and Ralph Fonseca's "balls in the air."

We gather that the incendiary statement by Briceno - which was broadcast live on Vibes Radio - and the resulting political fallout has stirred some unrest in the PUP. Whether it will be consequential or just another season of awkward dis-ease remains to be seen.

But, according to UDP leader Dean Barrow - who has called Briceno his favourite leader of the opposition, the man who would take his job should be weighing his options right about now:

Jules Vasquez
"Do you know that there PUP millionaires with off-shore accounts?"

Prime Minister Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize
"Well, anecdotally, I mean, I don't have the evidence of the account numbers and that sort of thing, but I don't think that it's a revelation. I think we all knew that. It's nice that it's been confirmed by him, but I don't think that he is giving us any news. And if you ask if I know who they are, who aren't they? In other words, which of them isn't a millionaire? That is how I would respond to that."


Jules Vasquez
"Being a leader yourself, when one calls out - imaginably - known and established members of the party like that, what would that be an indication of, if you where to put yourself in his position as a leader?

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
"That I should start contemplating my exit, that I obviously am leading a party in which there are - to put it kindly, and in as minimalist a fashion I can - huge pockets of resistance - active resistance - to my leadership, huge pockets disgust with my leadership. And even if I, as a leader in those circumstances might be able to say to myself, 'Well, but I still have the majority.' It is as happened with Margaret Thatcher, when she was challenged by Heseltine. She won, but she won by such a slim margin that she felt that her leadership had been undermined. You can't go forward leading a party in which, if you have a vote tomorrow, you will get a majority of 2 or 3. At that stage, the proper thing to do is to say, 'You know what, if somebody else can unite this party in the way - obviously - I as leader have not been able to do, I need, for the sake of the party, to take my leave.'"

Channel 7


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#418053 - 10/07/11 02:58 PM Re: John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Bring back the Money Johnny!

On Saturday September 30ththe People’s United Party (PUP) held a party council meeting in which their former party leader, Said Musa, viciously attacked the current party leader Johnny Briceno. He lambasted Briceno for his inability to lead the PUP and basically called him a cry baby. Briceno is known in PUP circles to always blame his ineffective leadership to lack of finances. Truth be told, lack of finances is not the reason why he can’t bring that party together. It’s simply because he does not have an ounce of leadership material in his body.

That aside, Briceno struck back with great vengeance and furious anger at Musa. He shouted out to those present: “First of all I agree with the former party leader where he said that we can’t continue to use the issue about money as an excuse but I want to ask where are those millionaires, those people that made millions of dollars over the 10 years when we were in government? Where are those people that benefitted and made millions? I could give you all names, but I won’t call out names. They need to write out checks; they need to bring money back to the PUP! Money that belongs to our People’s United Party! That money does not belong in foreign bank accounts!” For those present and anyone who listened afterwards it was a damning statement for the PUP; where the leader of the party admitted that for ten years the PUP fleeced the Belizean public to the tune of millions of dollars. He admitted that the PUP created millionaires who took the money out of the country and placed it in foreign bank accounts.

While that admission was bad enough, he challenged those PUP millionaires to bring back the money, not for the benefit of the country but for the benefit of the PUP. Imagine that, they sacked the Belizean economy and instead of Briceno calling for restitution; to be paid back to the Belizean people, he boldly proclaimed that the money belonged to the PUP.

By his declaration, Briceno confirmed that the PUP had enriched a few at the expense of the masses of Belizeans. And the enrichment was to the tune of millions of dollars. For Briceno to now call on those PUP MILLIONAIRES to return the money to that political party is one of the greatest insults he could have issued on the people. There is no remorse there, the PUP which created millionaires is now calling for its pound of flesh; forgetting that the money they pocketed and exported to foreign bank accounts is in reality the people’s money.

Johnny Briceno’s tantrum at Said Musa exposed that political party to what it truly is, a bunch of thieves and hustlers who live off the backs of the working Belizean taxpayer. He admitted that the party was a corrupt one and in the same breath exposed that the PUP can only function and attract a following if it is able to access large sums of money to pay off those followers. And while the corruption and the need for money to finance a following was exposed, what Briceno neglected to say was that he himself was one of those who created millionaires, in particular through the lands ministry where he was the minister for the better part of the 10 year term of the People’s United Party Governemnt. In fact he himself is not a pauper, and his family are no paupers, they have amassed millions of dollars as well.

There is one thing we can agree with briceno, that is that the money has to come back, but it must come back to the Belizean people not to the PUP. They took it now it is time for them to return it.

The Guardian


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#418084 - 10/07/11 07:06 PM Re: John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
John Briceño steps down as leader of the People's United Party (PUP) according to Patrick Jones.

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#418086 - 10/07/11 07:08 PM Re: John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club [Re: Marty]
SP Daily Offline
Pissed off the millionaires!

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#418087 - 10/07/11 07:09 PM Re: John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club [Re: Marty]
Barnacle Offline
the 'other' millionaires.

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#418091 - 10/07/11 07:29 PM Re: John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
He will keep his seat. Just leaving as party leader.

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#418092 - 10/07/11 07:30 PM Re: John Briceno And The PUP Millionaire’s Club [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
Johnny just resigned as Party Leader. Will keep his seat and assume Mark Espat could be interim leader til party elections.

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