For Leader Of The People. A Leader For Change. Fixing The Economy Cannot Wait. The strength and experience to make change happen.
Works at Government of belize
1985 to present
Studied Economics at Florida State University
Attended from 2000 to 2002
Lives in Belmopan, Belize
From Belmopan, Belize
The other day I went to buy creole bread from a good friend and long time supporter and she told me a very touching story. She said she had to quarrel for me. She said that she had a conversation with a lady who was talking bad about me and she had to ask the lady if she knew John Saldivar to which the lady replied that she had never met John Saldivar. My good friend and long time supporter said she then went on to tell the lady that, “as far as I am concerned, there has never been a time that I have called on John Saldivar for help and not get help.” The other lady responded with surprise and disbelief to which my good friend and supporter said she replied, “you need fu know a person before you can talk about him.” This can be put a little differently, “you can’t lie about someone to people who know that person.” This is what is happening to the PUP here in Belmopan. They are trying to sell a lie to the people of Belmopan about a person they know and have known for the past twenty five years as a sincere and honest political leader. It nah go work.
The truth is that if you are one swift to judgment even without considering the evidence and facts; or if you are one swayed by the crowd and public opinion and what is popular even if not substantive, then you have probably already concluded that something was wrong with accepting contributions from a businessman who no one knew at the time to be involved in criminal activity, but who years later was arrested and convicted of a crime. The truth is that the people of Belmopan know that every single politician, solicits funds to finance their campaign, their community activities, and their social assistance programs. Any politician who denies this is a liar and a hypocrite. My two opponents are even now soliciting donors for their campaign, will they be held responsible if one of the persons they get money from ends up committing a crime? If politicians are to carry blame for the actions of every donor even without prior knowledge of a donor’s criminal activities, then every politician, every single one of us, is playing a game of Russian Roulette with our political career when we accept contributions from any businessman because we can never predict the behavior of any human being.
The people of Belmopan understand this, most people understand this, and do not consider me a criminal or corrupt. There are no chains to be broken. However, it was unfortunate that within the context of a leadership convention, what should have been a non-issue was craftily used to malign my reputation. I must accept blame for not having a proper public relations response, but that is now water under the bridge. In six weeks, Belmopan voters will get to show why they are so special. As I interact with the people on the virtual campaign trail, I am getting nothing but love, support and reassurance from the voters of Belmopan. It is extremely comforting to see that the people who know me best, the people who I have been faithfully serving for the past twenty five years, still believe in me and are standing strong with me. As we look to celebrate our Independence Day, I salute the people of Belmopan who are indeed showing their independence of thought, their refusal to be swayed by social media, their commitment to due process and the highest principles of jurisprudence, and their appreciation of the good, transformational work that has been delivered for Belmopan.
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