Murder Cat Murdered

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Panamanian reggae singer Murder Cat was killed Tuesday night on Street 3 in Juan Diaz. Also known as El Clickiti and Omar Bellido, his given name, the singer was reportedly talking to some people, including singer Ruff Dad, when several individuals rolled up in a grey sedan and shot him at least seven times before driving off. The police are investigating.…

Ex-Minister of Economy and Finance Detained

Frank de Lima, Minister of Economy and Finance in the Ricardo Martinelli administration, was detained for his alleged involvement in dodgy grain sales through the National Assistance Program. According the charges, the Ministry of Economy and Finance would have helped to transfer funds to pay for inflated contracts between 2012 and 2014. One of the most suspicious deals…

President Martinelli and the Dehydrated Food Contract

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The Electoral Tribunal notified the Supreme Court Thursday of its decision to suspend the immunity of former President Ricardo Martinelli. This launches the investigation into corruption charges against Martinelli related to anomalies in the purchase of $44.9 million worth of dehydrated food from a company called Lerkshore International Limited through the National Assistance Program, or $30 million more than its value. Martinelli…

Panama Mayor Evaluating Bay Issues

The Panama Mayor’s office is evaluating coastal areas along the Bay of Panama to find a solution to a history of poor water resource management. Deputy Mayor Raisa Banfield explained that over the last two decades, the area along the bay was developed without proper planning which has led to the reduction of rivers, the replacement of mangroves with…

Police Will Stop Foreign and National Motorists

Foreigners on small motorcycles and driving taxis will be stopped and investigated by police. The directive was announced last week by National Police chief Omar Pinzon and is an attempt to neutralize cases of theft by motorcycle and taxi, he said. La Prensa later reported that a police spokesman said the measure would apply to nationals as…

Trash Authority Workers on Strike

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The Workers Association of the Urban and Household Waste Authority are on indefinite strike as of Monday. The workers are calling to be included in the discussion of law 173 that would establish comprehensive management of waste and a culture of zero trash. The proposed law transfer the responsibility for trash collection to the Panama City Mayor’s…