Presidential Address

Varela promises to punish those guilty of corruption

President also pledges to govern "without confrontation."


President Juan Carlos Varela today promised to fight impunity and combat corruption, with the support of Federico Humbert and Kenia Purcell, who today took office as comptroller and attorney general, respectively.

"I will hold state officials accountable to justice and will proceed with the recovery of public funds belonging to all Panamanians," said Varela during his speech to the nation as part of the opening of the regular session of the National Assembly.

It is the first nation address made by Varela since taking office July 1.

Varela pledged that the Cabinet Council will prepare a draft law mandating that resources that are recovered are used for drinking water and housing programs.

"In our country, there is still too much inequality and poverty, which is unacceptable," he said. "Stealing is a sin, and to steal from those who have less or have nothing is even more of a sin."

He also said that he will govern without confrontations while respecting the separation of powers and the rule of law, as well as human rights and the freedom of expression.

"We will be taking the necessary corrective measures to avoid the excesses and irregularities that occurred during the previous administration," he said.



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