After much public and political pressure and a no vote from the Senate the forty thousand dollars owed to the Government of Belize by Joshua Perdomo, son of Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo has been paid off in full.
In a release issued by the Cabinet Secretary himself he informs the nation that the student assistance bond signed by his son has been paid in full. According to Cabinet Secretary Perdomo and we quote “At the time of the signing of the bond many years ago, it was expected that it would be repaid if the terms of the agreement were not fulfilled. With this in mind, my family thought it was the right thing to do.” End of quote.
At the end of the release the elder Perdomo expresses regret that the situation ever arose. A copy of a revenue collector’s receipt for the Government of Belize in the sum of forty thousand dollars and written out under the name of Joshua Perdomo accompanies the release.
The Joshua Perdomo debacle began to unravel a few weeks ago when the Government of Belize announced that it would write off the loan since Perdomo could not be located. The matter was taken to the House of Representatives where it was passed with opposition. When it reached the Senate the write-off was disapproved and from then the matter has been a constant debate.
A viewers may recall the Joshua Perdomo was approved two years and two months study leave to pursue a Master’s degree in Forensic Genetics at the University of North Texas and was bonded for three years. The agreement was that after completing his studies, Perdomo would return and serve his country. He failed to return to Belize and carry out his duties. His service was terminated in 2011.