UP’s Sylvia Meyers hints at second bribery video

POSTED: 03/10/13 4:41 PM

St. Maarten – The United People’s Party faction issued a press release yesterday expressing its concerns over the Bada Bing bribery video featuring independent MP Patrick Illidge – with ever mentioning his name. the party also reports that there could be a second video featuring another MP in a similar situation. The UP calls for an urgent meeting of parliament to discuss the situation.

“The UP is very disturbed about current developments related to a Member of the Parliament of Sint Maarten, who is also a member of the current National Alliance led coalition government. This development tarnishes the image of Parliament and its MPs,” interim faction leader Sylvia Meyers wrote.
“The people of Sint Maarten are also traumatized by what has transpired. The people are very upset and concerned. This is a dark day in the history of our country,” she added.

Meyers notes that, “the allegations are there” and that there needs to be “a speedy and thorough investigation to ascertain what exactly transpired. The allegations of an MP accepting a bribe or whatever took place sheds a very dark cloud on our democracy. Our judicial institutions need to get to the bottom of this in order for integrity to be brought back.”

The UP interim faction leader says that the controversy “sends a bad message to investors and others and at the same time damages the image of this young country. It also sends a bad message to our youth. MPs are well paid and should not have to make such choices as has been portrayed in the video. The integrity of the country is suffering and the integrity of the government is at stake.”
Meyers stated that “the people” want to hear from the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister about this matter.

The UP faction will call an urgent meeting of parliament to address this developing situation. “The UP faction would like to hear the views of the other factions in parliament, and at the same time, it is an opportunity for the people to hear what has transpired.”
Meyers added that the UP has been hearing about “a second tape concerning another MP with respect to a similar situation.”

These developments are not good for the country, the press release concludes. “The country is on the wrong track and going downhill fast.”

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