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Published on Jan 11, 2019
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La República martes, 08 de enero de 2019
Homilía en Santiago
Monseñor Freddy Bretón advierte de una crisis que ya alcanza a la Iglesia
Freddy Bretón: “La sociedad clama por una justicia con honestidad y transparencia”.
El arzobispo metropolitano de Santiago, Freddy Antonio Bretón, advirtió ayer sobre la existencia de una crisis que afecta la justicia y a todas las instituciones, de la que ni siquiera escapa la Iglesia, como demuestran hechos ya revelados.
El prelado católico indicó que la sociedad clama por una justicia con honestidad, con transparencia y por un cambio en el funcionamiento de todas las instituciones, para fortalecer la nación.
En una homilía con motivo del Día del Poder Judicial, el arzobispo de Santiago precisó que en amplios sectores existe una sensación de derrota y considera que la próxima semana será crucial para poder avanzar en lograr una judicatura más sana y al servicio de la Patria, con la designación de los nuevos jueces de la Suprema.
El mitrado indicó que para el crecimiento de la nación dominicana, se requiere del fortalecimiento de las instituciones, y entre ellas la Judicatura juega un rol determinante para garantizar la paz, la confianza y la estabilidad entre todos los sectores.
Freddy Antonio Bretón llamó a orar para que haya una buena selección de los nuevos magistrados, ya que los jueces tienen la gran misión de contribuir con la sana impartición de justicia a lograr una nación más fuerte y estable para bien de todos los sectores, en especial los más vulnerables.
Otros actos Además de la misa celebrada en la Catedral Santiago Apóstol, autoridades del Poder Judicial en Santiago depositaron una ofrenda floral en la estatua de Juan Pablo Duarte, donde también acudió a igual actividad el Colegio de Abogados en esta ciudad.
En el Palacio de Justicia se realizó una audiencia solemne encabezada por el magistrado presidente de la Corte de Apelación de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes, Juan Aníbal Rodríguez, quien rindió cuentas de los logros obtenidos por la judicatura el pasado año en este Distrito judicial.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The Dominican Republic has sent 600 soldiers to reinforce the border with Haiti in a bid to prevent Haitians illegally entering the country during and after the holiday season.
The authorities in Santo Domingo said that the soldiers would remain in place until January 13 as part of the anti-return operation.
Earlier this month, Lieutenant General Rubén Darío Paulino Sem announced the launch of the anti-return operation for Haitians, who travel to the French-speaking Caribbean Community country to spend the Christmas and New Year and then attempt to return illegally to the Dominican Republic in January with their parents.
He said the operation will be deployed in the five border provinces and that measures to prevent these illegal Haitians returning to the Dominican Republic will be conducted by the armed forces.
Directorate General of Migration (DGM) Major General Gonell Regalado said that the decision to send the 600 soldiers to the border was to cover some of the weak points in the area through which many Haitians enter illegally and also to reinforce the border control points.
“There will be all-terrain vehicles in addition, equipment night vision, three additional helicopters and many other specialised equipment to ensure a better job in this region of the country which will be added to the 500 cameras already in place with infrared vision,” he said.
The reinforcements are in addition to the existing control system which includes 80 permanent military posts and more than 7,000 deployed men monitoring the 360 km border on the Dominican side.
Haiti and Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles.
By Matthew Mosk,
Dec 17, 2018, 7:31 AM ET
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Undercover recordings reveal Trump Organization’s possible return to Dominican Republic
When the Trump Organization left the Dominican Republic after the economy crashed ten years ago, their plans for dozens of luxury estates in a Trump-branded development appeared to leave with them. Buyers who staked millions on lots for their dream homes were left empty handed. The Trump team sued the developers, alleging fraud. And the billboards bearing the Trump name came down.
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Now, there are signs the Trump brand may be returning to the Dominican Republic, and that has critics sounding alarms about the potential conflicts of interest for the sitting president of the United States.
“The constitution is very clear,” Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland on the foreign relations committee, told ABC News. “We expect the President to avoid these types of conflicts.”
The first sign the Trumps might try again came 16 days after Donald Trump took the oath of office. His son Eric made a visit to the island on Feb. 5. 2017 to meet with the same developers he had once accused of “textbook fraud.” With the legal case settled, they had appeared to make peace.
“We are excited to be working with the Trump Organization in the future phases of the project,” a press release from the local developers said at the time. The visit sparked months of rumors, but no details emerged about how or when the Trump Organization would make its formal return to the island, and the original property where Trump helped market luxury estates remained largely barren.
Cap Cana developers Ricardo and Fernando Hazoury welcomed Eric Trump to the Dominican Republic in February 2017 and posted a photo on their website to mark the occasion.
But last month, the non-profit group Global Witness sent an undercover investigator to see if they could learn more. The group, which has a 25-year history of investigating corrupt regimes, human rights abuses, and money laundering, shared their findings exclusively with ABC News. That included undercover recordings that captured a sales agent at the Cap Cana resort describing a Trump-branded condominium development in the works for a new, beachfront location.
“We’re going to have a new development with the Trump Organization of apartments and commercial areas,” a saleswoman told a man she thought was a potential buyer who was actually a Global Witness investigator. “That is still in the works … With the Trump Organization, everything right now is on good terms.”
The saleswoman showed the investigator the beachfront location on a map of the sprawling Cap Cana resort community where she believed a Trump-branded project was slated to be built, and a man identifying himself as her boss confirmed it was in the works – a new phase of the original deal between the Trumps and local developers.
The Trump Organization calls the Global Witness report “completely false,” maintaining that it has no new development deals in the works and insists talks with the Dominican developers have been infrequent. “In 2007, the company entered into a license agreement with a local developer for a multi-component real estate development project to be built over several years,” said the company in a statement. “Though there have been some discussions about starting the next phase of the development, there are no plans in place at this time.”
An executive at the Trump Organization told ABC News that the company’s original 2007 agreement always envisioned their return to build a beachfront hotel and condominium project. “This was all contemplated from day one,” said the executive, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to discuss the deal publicly.
A Cap Cana saleswoman shows an undercover investigator the resort area that may be the future home of a Trump-branded property.
The potential for conflicts of interest is a unique issue that confronted Trump even before he took office, as the first president in years who came into office with vast global business empire – with many deals still in the works — and without any agreement to place that business into a blind trust. His business is run by his adult children, but their successes and failures still have the potential to impact his personal wealth.
Global Witness and other critics say any move by the Trump Organization to return to the island nation could represent a departure from the president’s promise to avoid undertaking fresh overseas developments during his term in office. It was a promise made nine days before Trump took the oath of office.
He told a gathering of reporters “I won’t have any conflicts of interest” before ceding the stage to his attorney, Sheri Dillon, who said Trump would insist on written approval from an ethics adviser “for new deals, actions, and transactions that could potentially raise ethics or conflicts of interest concerns.”
“President-elect Trump as well as Don [Trump Jr.], Eric [Trump]and [the company’s chief financial officer] Allen [Weisselberg] are committed to ensuring that the activities of the Trump organization are beyond reproach and cannot be perceived to be exploitive of the office of the presidency,” she said, adding: “No new foreign deals will be made whatsoever during the duration of President Trump’s Presidency.”
A Trump Organization official did not respond when asked if the firm had received any ethics guidance about renewed discussions about the Dominican development. Neither the Cap Cana developer, nor a New York lawyer who represented them in past matters, responded to calls and emails from ABC News seeking comment.
In the decade since the failure of a Trump-branded Caribbean resort, nature has started to reclaimed some half-finished structures there.
According to investigators at Global Witness who said they have examined permitting and other records, ethics issues are present whether or not their return to the Dominican was pre-ordained by their 2007 agreement.
“New or old, Trump’s business in the Dominican Republic poses a conflict of interest for him and for the American people,” a new report from Global Witness said, “as his business interests and the foreign policy interests of the U.S. may not always align.”
Cardin said the conflicts run both ways. “If a foreign country wants to do a favor for the President by helping his business interests, they are expecting that will help them get favors here from the United States,” he said. At the same time, “it raises questions to everyone on whether decisions made by the President of the United States are based on what’s in the best interest of the United States or the best interest of his business.”
There have been signs the Dominican Republic has sought to influence the Trump Administration in a range of areas. Just weeks after the inauguration and Eric Trump’s visit to the Dominican Republic, the Dominican government hired a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm for the first time since 2007.
According to Justice Department filings reviewed by ABC News, the office of the Dominican president signed a $1.2 million contract with lobbyist Brian Ballard, who had previously represented Trump, and has been described in Politico as “closer to the president than perhaps any other lobbyist in town.” The lobbyist pledged to “advise, counsel, and assist,” the Dominican president “in communications with U.S. government officials.”
Other filings through the Foreign Agent Registration Act show Ballard’s office sharing updates with U.S. officials on a range issues with the U.S., including trade, alternative energy, as well as the country’s continued importance as a vacation destination for American tourists.
Ballard did not respond to questions from ABC News.
Ten years later, the lots once slated to be the site of Trump-branded luxury villas are still dirt and brush.
Eryn Schornick, an attorney with Global Witness, said she is concerned that the president may have a personal motivation to help the Dominican Republic with whatever dealings are going on between the two countries.
“He may be acting in his own accord and not on the interests of American people,” she said.
Right now, no federal ethics laws prevent the president from operating his business as he sees fit, but Cardin said he would like to see Congress take additional steps to address the potential for conflicts.
“That conflict is there,” Cardin said. “As we see in the Dominican Republic, they are doing additional business. So they have not even drawn the line at their current business enterprises. They are expanding them.”
Already, Democrats in Congress have indicated they plan to closely examine the president’s foreign dealings when they take control of the House of Representatives next month.
ABC News’ Cho Park and Aicha El Hammar contributed to this report.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – One local man went to work one day expecting a regular day. And he ended up finding his biological family in the Dominican Republic.
“It was just, it was a miracle,” said Chris Hinton.
“I asked them, ‘Are you guys from the Dominican Republic?’ and they said, ‘Yeah we are,'” Hinton said. “And I told them, ‘Hey I was adopted from there when I was a little kid and I’d like to be in touch, meet my family some time.’ And they asked me where I was from and I said San Jose de las Matas is where I’m from, it’s a mountain region out there. And his wife was actually from there.”
Hinton was on the phone with his birth mother the next day.
“So my adopted mom knows Spanish and so she got on. We got a three way going. My mom translated for me,” he said. “And so my birth mom was just crying and just, I mean it was just, and everyone was on the phone call. And my birth brother got on. And they couldn’t believe that I was still around and doing well.”
Hinton found out his birth father died seven years ago. He also found out he has two birth brothers. One is a police officer, like Hinton. He now keeps in touch with his birth family, something they’ve been looking forward to for a long time.
“The funny thing is, they’ve been looking for me,” he said. “I didn’t think that my family would be trying to look for me, but they thought, because my parents moved to Puerto Rico right afterwards, and they thought that’s were I’ve always been.”
Hinton’s brother was also adopted from the Dominican Republic and was able to find his family thanks to the same family in Utah. Hinton is hoping to take his wife and two kids to meet his birth family. Hinton has created a GoFundMe page for the trip. If you would like to donate, you can do so here.
SANTO DOMINGO – The owner of the airlines Aserca, Santa Bárbara Airlines and PAWA, Simeón García, faces charges for ceasing operations, tax fraud, money laundering, conspiracy for fraud and corruption in the Dominican Republic.
Curaçao Chronicle learned that about PAWA Dominicana and García there are allegations that indicate a breach of trust and alleged money laundering, so the relevant authorities were asked for an inquiry. The indictment was presented by the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) and the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), which assure that PAWA and García appropriated public resources, concealed them and then transferred them and administered them for their own benefit.
They explained that the IDAC should receive, according to the norm, the biweekly settlement of the rates and rights of the aeronautical activity collected by the air operators, but the airline PAWA Dominicana initiated a practice since March 2017 aimed at evading this obligation, which occurred until his Economic Authorization Certificate was suspended on January 26, 2018.
PAWA’s debt to the Dominican authorities as of January 30, 2018 already amounted to USD 1,820,669.35 plus RD $ 72,742.50 (Dominican pesos). They would have reached a payment agreement, but once again the company of Simeón García evaded its responsibility and failed to comply with said cancellations.
The legal representative of IDAC and JAD, Julio Cury, reported that the respective complaint was delivered to the Attorney General’s Office headed by Jean Alain Rodríguez, who in turn forwarded it to the Office of the Prosecutor of Santo Domingo, a judicial body that must establish the veracity of accusations and proceed accordingly if the facts are verified.
Meanwhile, the legal representation of PAWA, in the hands of lawyer Alberto Reyes, expressed his disagreement with the cessation of operations of the airline. The measure would have affected 18,724 passengers who purchased tickets from October 20, 2017 until January 25, 2018. In Venezuela, Santa Bárbara Airlines was suspended for 90 days for non-compliance with itinerary.
Likewise, Aserca was subject to suspension for matters related to its insurance policy.