Last night, 7news broke a sensational story that embroiled current PUP Orange Walk East Area Representative Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez in an allegation made against him of unbecoming sexual behaviour. While these are strong and damning allegations for anyone, we reiterate that at this point, it is only speculations, since the matter cannot be substantiated and as far as we are concerned no report has been made to police. Several attempts in getting comment from Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez proved unsuccessful.
We also tried to get comment from Mendez’s estranged wife but our attempts also proved futile. What we can tell you is that this afternoon Doctor Leslie was at the Department of Human Services here in Orange Walk. We understand that she was accompanied by a police officer. Mendez did not come out the building until after 4:00pm and in order for her to avoid the media her vehicle was driven into an adjacent parking lot by one of the department’s employees from where she got in the vehicle and drove away.
And while Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez is being mum about the serious accusations made against him, Leader of the Opposition Honourable Francis Fonseca is not saying much either. In a statement made via email Fonseca states and we quote, “…I have spoken to Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez. His position is that if in fact any such allegations do materialize, he intends to defend and protect his name and reputation vigorously. At this point given the information available to me I am unable to comment beyond that,” end quote.
And in the event that the allegation does materialize, Fonseca says “the party will review and act accordingly and any such allegation must be treated with the greatest of seriousness,” end quote.
From what we have been able to confirm police and the Department Of Social Services are investigating the allegations made against him. Both departments though, have indicated that they are unable to comment on the matter.
Viewers may recall that in November of last year, Dr. Marco Tulio announced that he will not seek re-election due to health reasons. He did say though that he would complete his term as Area Representative of Orange Walk East. With these allegations hurled against him it is not known if Mendez will resign as Area Representative automatically giving way for a bi-election. If this is the case then recently elected PUP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk East Josue Carballo will face UDP Standard Bearer for the area Elodio Aragon Junior for a seat in the House of Representatives. We will keep monitoring this story and bring you the details as they unfold.
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