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Two weeks ago we reported on Dr. Angel Campos’ sudden exit as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health under Pablo Marin to the Ministry of Social Transformation under Minister Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez. The shift was unusual because Campos is a medical doctor and his fit in the Ministry of Health, although not as the substantive Minister, seemed logical. His exit sparked some controversy since it was strongly believed that the cause was a possible fight between the two northern politicians. Today Marin set the record straight however, explaining that there is no discord between him and his cabinet colleague.


Screen_Shot_2019-06-03_at_7.52.44_PMPablo Marin, Minister of Health


“I don’t think that is true, we are colleagues and he was minister of NHI, that is totally out of my jurisdiction, he was controlling that section but I think what happened is that Minister Boots Martinez who is about to not to continue asked him to come over to his ministry to look at how he does things there and also to help him in that area.”

 

Reporter


“Sir, are you saying you guys parted ways in good terms?”


Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“Definitely, we and if he was here I would give him a hug and everything, we were good all colleagues we are working together now there are certain times that colleagues want to venture in other areas and he was the one that asked and so that is what is happening.”


But a well-known UDP who Marin does have issues with; however, is former area representative Mark King. King, who owns Brint’s Security, is known to operate the company’s Facebook page. When the page made explosive allegations of bribery against the Minister of Health, it raised eyebrows. Marin told the media today that he isn’t taking the allegations lightly and will be taking King to court for it.


Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“The only thing that I can comment is that I am taking three persons right now to court and I have my Attorney looking at it because the way we work everything is transparent we have to had three bids, four bids and the only time we didn’t had three bids is what we are doing right now with the morgues in Dangriga and one in Cayo. That we had to do that immediately because of the urgency of it so we got the quotation and are about to spend about ninety five thousand dollars for the two morgues being renovated but that is the only time when an emergency comes out but things like in the biding in the pharmaceuticals and in any other contract that you know you have the sufficient time you have to come through a tendering process so I don’t know what is happening but I know the first thing that he did or what I saw they put the minister of health and so afterwards I saw they change it and they put the Deputy minister and in any way I have to do it legally.”


Reporter


“Are you taking them to court for defamation Sir?”


Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“Exactly, exactly.”

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