The things revealed in the recording presented to the nation by the Cervantes family paints an ugly picture on the politics in Belize and it’s apparent path onto violence. We asked Cervante whether this dissuades him in any way from proceeding with his political career since he is the PUP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk North and is slated to contest the elections against current Area Representative Gaspar Vega. This is what he responded.
Ramon "Monchie" Cervantes - Son of Deceased
“You know the easiest way out is to step down frankly but this is not about me or us it is about the nation we have a nation ahead and its future and or generations to come and we have to leave this world and this nation a better place than how we found it and I will work towards that I just hope that God continues to give me the strength and I will do my part to continue forward and shed light in order for us to get out of this shroud of darkness that has been looming over us with all types of scandals and allegations and cover ups and protection of people in high places and let’s get the truth out that is what we need here.”
At the press conference held Wednesday, the media asked the PUP Party Leader Francis Fonseca for his views on the revelation and he had mentioned feeling shocked and even saddened at the situation, saying he hopes politics in Belize does not travel a path of violence.
While it seems that all the attention has shifted from Manuel Castillo and now all eyes are on the high government official called out during the conversation with Vilma Cervantes, the wife of the deceased and allegedly Castillo, we must note that 37 year old Castillo was first deported from North Carolina in the US in 2004 for drug trafficking and possession of weapon with intend to kill.
In 2007 he travelled back to the US where he was detained for illegal entry and spent 36 months in prison after which he was deported to Belize. He is also being accused for the murder of Sonia Abac who disappeared in the month of April. Her body was found in a well located not far from where Cervantes’ body was found. Viewers might recall that Abac was last seen alive when she visited Castillo’s house to massage on his then pregnant common-law-wife Avicelie Duran. As mentioned, the men who were arrested and charged for Cervantes’ murder led police to Abac’s body.
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