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Screen_shot_2011-05-30_at_8.14.21_PMThe blue machine was firing on all cylinders over the weekend as the Peoples United Party endorsed Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez as Standard Bearer for Orange Walk East for the upcoming General Elections. The endorsement ceremony kicked off with a parade from Liberty Avenue and headed all the way to the village of Palmar where Mendez was greeted by more of his supporters as he arrived at the community centre where the official ceremonies took place. Reporter Carmelita Perez and cameraman Fernando Sanchez were on the scene to bring you the highlights.

Carmelita Perez- Reporting

With huge party flags and t-shirts bearing the logo of Mendez party supporters along with Party Leader John Briceno and other P.U.P Representatives paraded through the streets of Orange Walk East as they made their way to the Palmar Community Centre.

Once the parade arrived at the community center the endorsement ceremony kicked off with various voters of Orange Walk East publicly declaring their support for the good doctor. With that, he was officially sworn in as Orange Walk East’s Standard Bearer for the People’s United Party. As the official Standard Bearer, Mendez announced to the people of Orange Walk East his plans for the area.

Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez- P.U.P Orange Walk East Standard Bearer

“We will stand; we will stand against violence, poverty, unemployment, victimization and oppression. Estamos artos, ya estamos ahora firmes porque nuestro país está sangrando el desempleo de hace uno do tres años fue de 8 porciento hoy es de 23. Imagínese que uno de cada cuatro personas no tienen empleo y eso no fue bajo el Partido Unido Del Pueblo fue ahora bajo el U.D.P. Hace poco tuvimos problemas con el transporte cuando el Ministro les dijo una cosa a los transportistas y luego lo cambio. Señora u señores estoy acá como candidato para hacer parte de la solución creo firmemente en el trabajo con energía, en mejorar el bienestar familiar y espero contribuir un mejor futuro para nuestros hijos con menos violencia, con mas trabajo, educación y mejor salud.”

And then it was time for the captain of the ship to address the crowd and as Party Leader John Briceno took the podium he sent a strong message to Belmopan.

John Briceno- Leader P.U.P

“Para que podamos trabajar para las gente del este es importante que tengamos a Marco Tulio Méndez en Belmopán. Yo cuando este allá como líder necesito todos los candidatos del Partido Unido del Pueblo porqué ya no le vamos a tener más lastima al U.D.P. Hace uno anos la gente del este decidió darle la oportunidad al U.D.P y tres anos después adonde vayamos todas están diciendo queremos que Dean Barrow lame las elecciones ya. Ya estamos cansadnos del U.D.P y acá en este queremos al Doctor Marco Tulio Méndez y al Partido Unido del Pueblo. Señoras y señores ay que pararnos y ay que decirle a Dean Barrow que ya no tenemos miedo, tenemos voz acá en el este con Marco Tulio Méndez y con el Partido Unido del Pueblo.”

With so many issues affecting the country Briceno says he is more than happy to have someone like Mendez representing the party in Orange Walk East. And as for Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez who is contesting the seat for the second time, he says he is confident that Orange Walk East will deliver that seat to Belmopan.

John Briceno- Leader P.U.P

“I am convinced that whenever they call the elections Doctor Mendez will be the next area representative and they are going to vote for him simply because he has a plan and he has shown that he is prepared to work for Orange Walk East and for the people of this country and we need people that are capable, people that are honest, people that are hard working, people that have that dedication and love and Doctor Mendez is that person.”

Screen_shot_2011-05-30_at_8.14.36_PMDoctor Marco Tulio Mendez- P.U.P Orange Walk East Standard Bearer

“La ultima vez durante las elecciones pues teníamos national issues la derrota que levo el Partido Unido del Pueblo no hizo reflexionar muchos candidatos perdieron yo era una persona nueva pero esta vez yo estoy viendo que los problemas que antes estábamos teniendo esta peor la violencia ah escalado, el desempleo está en 23 porciento eso es una calamidad entonces eso agrega al problema de la violencia que nuestro país está teniendo y yo creo firmemente que con las soluciones que nosotros tenemos vamos a crear un mejor país. Yo tengo varios hijos y quiero lo mejor para ellos en las cuales haiga mejor educación y trabajos pero además de todo por ser medico dentro de mi área se ah dejado en cuanto a la salud. Voy a luchar con toda mis ganas para proveerles lo que es lo mínimo del ser humano. Yo se que el este me va apoyar esta vez es diferente a la vez anterior.”

Whenever general elections are called, Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez will go up against the UDPs Standard Bearer Landy Burns.

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