With Municipal Elections right around the corner, today we asked Briceno if his case and that of Doctor Mendez could affect the chances of the Orange Walk P.U.P Seven Team being sent back to town hall. Seemingly unfazed for the entire interview, Briceno stated he is confident that the people will once again put their trust into the People’s United Party to represent them in the upcoming Municipal Elections.

Screen_Shot_2015-02-04_at_9.17.49_PMHonourable John Briceno – Charged with Traffic Offenses

“I want to make it abundantly clear, absolutely clear that the people of Orange Walk Town they know me, the people of Orange walk town they know they have a great Mayor by Kevin Bernard and six excellent candidates that are vying to represent the people of Orange Walk Town and that irrespective of what the UDP tries to do it will not stop the people of Orange Walk Town to come out and vote for Kevin Bernard and the other six PUP candidates that is a given anybody that you ask they will tell you that the PUP s going to win in Orange Walk, they are starting to see that the PUP is picking up a momentum that they are starting to get worried about and they believe specially here in the north that the UDP is getting weaker by the day so they are trying to find a way where to distract the Belizean people from the real issues that are facing us, the issue of unemployment, the issue of corruption, the issue of nepotism and the issue if victimization and the issue of a government that has no vision and no direction as to where they want to take this country these are the things that the UDP supposed to be addressing as opposed to trying to come up with trump up charges against myself I have said that I am innocent and I have nothing to fear and I have absolutely no problem coming back to court and to explain to the court that these are all chump up charges against myself and the People’s United Party.”

The fact that Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez is the first parliamentarian in the history of Belize to be criminally charged for aggravated assault of an indecent nature, has undoubtedly left a “black eye” on the Peoples United Party. He was charged yesterday for four counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature upon a minor. The incidents allegedly occurred sometime between 2006 and 2007 and in November of 2009 and in September of 2010 and then in 2011. As for the second minor the charges are for common assault with the incidents allegedly having occurred between 2005 and 2006 and in May 2009. Today we asked Briceno to comment on issue and he did so by extending his empathy to the parties involved and called for all citizens to do the same.

Honourable John Briceno – Charged with Traffic Offenses

“Marco Tulio is my friend, he is my colleague and that we need to think about the human element about this.  We need to think that here is a family, the entire Mendez family, they are going through a trauma, it is a very difficult time for them and that I think that all of us, including you journalists should also be praying for them, praying for Doctor Mendez, praying for the children and praying for the entire family that hopefully someday soon that whatever troubles that they have, whatever hurts that they have that they can mend and that they can heal the hurt that they are going through.”

Coincidentally, both cases will be heard on April 13th on separate times.

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