U.S. drug policy director visits
According to Barry R. McCaffrey, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a division of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, told the Dominican press that the Dominican banking system is not yet infected by drug trafficking and money laundering. He urged Dominicans to increase controls so that this does not occur in the future.
Barry R. McCaffrey visited for 24 hours to promote an increase in cooperative efforts between the Dominican Republic and the United States to reduce the effects of drug consumption and sale on the populations of both countries.
He explained that the drug world involves a vast power structure with branches that penetrate and corrupt business, banks, systems and governments. He estimates that some US$400,000 million a year in drug money is laundered not in banks, but rather through business and legitimate activities in the Caribbean, Mexico, Colombia and Panama.
He explained the U.S. is increasing its drug consumption prevention efforts reaching out to young Americans. He said that drug consumption in the United States has dropped 50% in the past 10 years. He said that 15 years ago 14% of the population consumed drugs. This is down to 6% today. McCaffrey said that drug consumption in the Dominican Republic is approximately 1% of the population, and there are an estimated 35,000 addicts. He said the U.S. government will assist the Dominican authorities in all ways possible so that drug consumption does not go beyond that percentage.
The US will spend US$16 billion in its efforts to combat drug consumption and trafficking. This budget will increase to US$17.1 billion for the next fiscal year. The U.S. consumes 24% of the cocaine sold in the world today, for instance. Some 13 million Americans spend US$70,000 million on drugs.
McCaffrey says that the fight against drug trafficking is a commitment of all countries. He described Dominican drug trafficking combat efforts as "serious, honest, patriotic and delicate."
During his visit he met with President Leonel Fernández, businessmen, congressmen and officers of the Consejo Nacional de Drogas, among others.
He advocated that Dominican Congress pass legislation that permit more in depth and energetic actions on behalf of repressive organizations.
McCaffrey says that the war against drugs will be won by legislators, not by the military. He advocates for the passing of bills that will support more in depth and energetic actions on behalf of national and international repressive organizations.
Widening the John F. Kennedy Avenue
The Dominican Government initiated works to widen the John F. Kennedy Avenue to ten lanes. Construction began on the south part of the avenue that after its crossing with Winston Churchill Avenue is known as the Duarte Highway. An additional lane will be added to each of the sides of the avenue. The government also began this week the reconstruction of the Gustavo Mejía Ricart Avenue.
Conflicts of interest foreseen
The General Attorney of the Nation, Abel Rodríguez del Orbe said that the choice of lawyer Juan Manuel Pellerano Gómez as director of the National Judge School was not a wise one. He foresaw that the decision will have pernicious influence in Dominican justice. Rodríguez del Orbe pointed out that Dr. Pellerano Gómez is the head of one of the largest law firms in the Dominican Republic, with over 50 lawyers on staff. He recognized Pellerano Gómez's professional qualifications and described him as "serious, honest and capable" but said that he will not be able to get around the effect he will have on the future judges. Rodríguez del Orbe said that a not involved person, such as Dr. Manuel Bergés Chupani should have been chosen instead by the Supreme Court to direct the new institution.
The Escuela Nacional de la Magistratura is not lawfully created yet, as Congress has not passed the bill that incorporates it.
Marino Vinicio Castillo on a TV show also criticized the appointment. He said that unfortunately the fact that lawyers do not make the best judges has not been taken into account.
Final congressional elections results
The Junta Central Electoral proclaimed the winners of the congressional elections. As per the final results, the PRD won 24 senate seats, the PLD 4 and the PRSC 2. The PRD won 83 deputy positions, the PLD 49 and the PRSC 17.
This list updates and corrects a previous listing published on the DR1. The Congressmen elect that begin work on 16 August are as follows:
National District (Santo Domingo)
Senator: Milagros Ortíz Bosch (PRD)
PRD: Hugo Tolentino Dipp, Andrés Matos, Rafael Gamundi Cordero, Betzaida M. Santana de Báez, Jose Jesus Rijo Presbot, Juan Winston Rafael Arnaud, Eligio Jáquez Cruz, Ivelisse de la Bernardt Prats, Alfredo Pacheco Osoria, Elías Wessin Chavez, Tirso Mejía Ricart, Pedro Antonio Franco Badía, Sofía Leonor Sánchez Baret, Eduardo Stormy Reynoso Sicard, Rafael F. Vásquez Paulino, Fausto Rafael Liz Quiñones, César Santiago Rutinel Domínguez, Rafael Francisco Taveras Rosario, José Francisco Peña Guaba, Rafael Adriano Valdez Hilario, Dolores González, Venancio Alcántara Valdez, Isidro Torres Beltré, Manuel Hazoury, Radhamés Castro, Octavio Rodríguez Jiménez, Ernesto Fabré, José E. Vásquez Díaz.
PLD: José Joaquín Bidó Medina, Cristina Alt. Lizardo Mézquita, Rafael Kasse Acta, Reinaldo Pared Pérez, Víctor Manuel Soto Pérez, Pelegrín Horacio Castillo Semán, Pablo Olmo Andújar, Oquendo Odaliz Medina González, Gladys Sofia Azcona de la Cruz, Clodomiro de Jesús Chavez Tineo, Rosa Elena García Zaiter de Pérez, Yuderka Ivelisse de la Rosa Guerrero, Rafael Antonio Luna.
PRSC: Miguel Gerónimo Sanz Jiminián, Heector Manuel Marte Paulin, Manuel E. Mercedes Rodríguez.
Senator: Amable Aristy Castro (PRSC)
PRD: Máximo Aristy Caraballo
PRSC: Ramón R. Sánchez de la Rosa
Senator: César Augusto Díaz Filpo (PRD)
PRD: Hector Aristy Pereyra, Norys I. Mateo de Ramírez
PLD: Alcibíades Vicente García, Waltermon Antonio Pineda García
Senator: Francisco Jiménez Reyes (PRD)
PRD: Fátima del Rosario
PLD: Rafael Mendez
Senator: José Alt. González Espinosa (PRD)
PRD: Rafael Antonio Suberví Bonilla, Francisco Perez Vidal
PLD: Rafael María Mendoza
Senator: Rafael de Jesus Jiménez Castro (PRD)
PRD: Miguel Angel Rodríguez
PLD: Gregorio Reyes Castillo
Senator: Julio Antonio González Burell (PRD)
PRD: Jorge Luis Rojas Gómez, Daniel Fantino Vargas Alonzo, Rafael Antonio Reynoso Castro
PLD: Juan Rafael Taveras Vargas, Octavio A. León Lister
PRSC: Mario José Campoamor Fernández
Senator: Gerardo Apolinar Aquino Alvarez (PLD)
PRD: Alejandro Peralta Romero
PLD: Andrés Melo Medina
Senator: Manuel Osías Arciniega Paniagua (PLD)
PRD: Luís Rafael Delgado Sánchez
PLD: Julio Alcides Segura Arias
Senator: Andrés Bautista García (PRD)
PRD: Bernardo Sánchez Rosario, José Manuel Ortega, Arsenia María Dolores Tejada
PLD: Rafael Evangelista Martínez Hernández
Senator: Iván Amilkar Rondón Sánchez (PRD)
PRD: Rolando Antonio Pimentel Baralt
PLD: Ramón de los Santos Santana
Senator: Dagoberto Rodríguez Adames (PRD)
PRD: Hector Rafael Peguero Méndez
PLD: Pablo Inocencio Santana Díaz
Senator: Domingo Enrique Martínez Reyes (PLD)
PLD: Teodoro Ursino Reyes, Eligia Eneida Morales Abreu
PRSC: Ambrosina Saviñón de Altagracia
Senator: Juan Heriberto Medrano Basora (PRD)
PRD: Fausto López Solís, Marcelino Domínguez Abreu, Antonio Díaz Ceballo, José Orlando Vargas Vargas
PLD: Rafael Alberto Reyes, Wilfrida Ramona García Pérez
PRSC: Ramón Rogelio Genao Durán
María Trinidad Sánchez
Senator: Jesús Antonio Vásquez Martínez (PRD)
PRD: Ricardo de la Cruz, Leonardo Rojas Rosario
Senator: Enrique López (PRD)
PRD: Miriam Antonio Abreu Flores de Miguijón
PLD: Felix María Nova Paulino
PRSC: Alfonso Fermín Balcácer
Senator: Bernardo Alemán Rodríguez (PRD)
PRD: Francisco Antonio Fernández Morel
PLD: Genaro José Miguel Cabrera Cruz
Senator: Ramón Alburquerque Ramírez (PRD)
PRD: Pedro Chávez Villalona, Sergia Altagracia Méndez
PLD: Neris Arnulfo Figaris Polanco
Senator: Angel Dinocrate Pérez Pérez (PRD)
PRD: Eurípides A. Terrero Matos
PLD: Dionis Alfonso Sánchez Carrasco
Senator: Vicente Arsenio Castillo Peña (PRD)
PRD: Rafael Orlando Macea Mateo, Leonardo Cadena Medina
PLD: José Ramón Mordán
PRSC: Rafael Angel Franjul Troncoso
Senator: Ginnette Bournigal Socías (PRD)
PRD: Rafael Antonio Mena Castro, César Emilio Peralta Vélez, Rafael Enrique Rivera Mejía
PLD: Francis Emilio Vargas
PRSC: Hermes Juan José Ortíz Acevedo
Senator: Bautista Antonio Rojas Gómez (PLD)
PRD: Juan Ramón Villar Sánchez
PLD: Carlos José Cepeda Moya
Senator: Milton Ray Guevara (PRD)
PRD: Ramón Anibal Olea Linares
PLD: Jesús Antonio Trinidad Herrera
Senator: Domingo Antonio Rosario Pimentel (PRD)
PRD: Anibal García Duvergé, Manolo Mesa Morillo, María Gertrudis Mejía, Rafael Leonidas Abréu Valdez, Tony Pérez Hernández
PLD: Fausto Miguel Araujo, Andrés Ramón de las Mercedes
PRSC: Víctor Hugo Hernández
San Juan de la Maguana
Senator: Fabián del Villar Aristy (PRD)
PRD: Pascual R. Valenzuela Marranzini, Pedro Antonio de León
PLD: Francy Alberto Lora Báez, Nelson Rudis Pérez Encarnación
PRSC: Manuel Odalis Mejía Arias
San Pedro de Macorís
Senator: José E. Hazim Frappier (PRSC)
PRD: Perícles Tavárez Sarmiento
PLD: Ramón Bolívar Melo Alcántara
PRSC: Olga Torres Puesan de Santana, Rafaela Alburquerque de Eusebio
Senator: Vicente Sánchez Baret (PRD)
PRD: Cristian Paredes Aponte, Osval Antonio Saldivar Mota
PLD: Ramona Lucrecia Paulino Liriano
Senator: José Rafael Abinader Wasaf (PRD)
PRD: Víctor Tomás Méndez Méndez, Angela Jáquez Rodríguez, Víctor Eduardo García Sued, Antonio de León Cruz, Rafael Carvajal Martínez, Ramón Pichardo Almonte, Eridania Mercedes Guzmán
PLD: Julio César Valentín Jiminián, Nelson Sánchez Vásquez, José Augusto Izquierdo Reynoso, Ana Isabel Bonilla Hernández
PRSC: Rosa Fadul de Villamán, Máximo Castro Silverio, Mateo Evangelista Espaillat Tavárez
Senator: Darío Antonio Gómez Martínez (PRD)
PRD: Julio N. Rodríguez Rodríguez
PLD: Manuel Eduardo Viñas Espinal
Senator: Fernando Alvarez Bogaert (PRD)
PRD: Emilio Antonio Crespo Bernard, Rafael Tavarez Albarez
PLD: Fabio Antonio Montesino González
Opera of las Americas at the National Theater
The National Theater announces the presentation of "Gran Baile de la Opera," which will bring together the National Symphony Orchestra, under the conduction of Maestro José Antonio Molina. Molina, a Dominican, directed the concert of Gloria Estefan in the Vatican, and was the principal arranger for the concert, "Pavarotti and Friends for War Children," held in Italy in 1996.
Also performing in the event are U.S. soprano Ana María Martínez, Dominican tenor Juan Cuevas, Ballet Concierto Dominicano (with Carlos Veitía), and the operatic choir of Fernando Geraldes, all directed by Maestro Pablo Cabrera. Also present in this Ballet Opera de las Americas will be Olivera Mijakovic.
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