By Alexis R. Milan
The Vision Inspired by the People (VIP), at a press conference on Wednesday, expressed its opposition to the Prime Minister’s proposed amendments to the controversial PetroCaribe Loan Act and taking the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
VIP candidate Patrick Rogers said the proposed amendments the Prime Minister announced via the media last week are cosmetic and do not address the sections of the Act that are most troubling. Rogers said the VIP is more resolved to take to the streets because the real issues aren’t being addressed.
“Our point is that he’s playing games with us so that the public can think the PM is trying to work with you. He is not trying to work with us. He is trying to con us to make us think that he is trying to be appeasing and we are being stubborn not wanting to accept that he has the power to do as he likes.
You do not have the power to do as you like Mr. PM. You are not ruling us. You should be leading us,” Rogers declared.
Rogers said the VIP has started to meet with the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) to discuss the issue and educate others on the significance and impact of the Bill. He said those discussions would continue and hopefully lead to some momentum for the party.
The VIP also reiterated its opposition to taking the Guatemalan claim to the ICJ on the basis that Belize is a sovereign nation that has been recognized as independent and territorially intact by world organizations, including the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of the American States (OAS).