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Ruling party presidential candidate wants probe into US$217.0M in contracts

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Santo Domingo.- Ruling party (PLD) presidential candidate Gonzalo Castillo, on Thursday requested that the General Directorate of Government Ethics and Integrity investigate him.

The former Minister of Public Works wants to be investigate after allegations by the journalist Alicia Ortega, that the contract with 38 companies for a total RD$11.5 billion (US$217 million) were assigned without tenders.

“This request is made with full awareness of the responsibility and commitment with which we assume and exercise the function of Minister of Public Works and Communications in the period August 2012 July 2019, under which all our actions adhered to the legal norms and procedures in force in our country, among them, specifically, those related to public procurement and contracting,” Castillo said.





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No DR authority has participated in El Abusador interrogation in Colombia

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The Dominican authorities have not yet gone to Colombia to participate in the interrogations of César Emilio Peralta, aka César El Abusador, after his arrest last Monday, December 2, at the luxurious Murano Elite hotel, located in one of the most exclusive areas from Cartagena de Indias.

According to statements by the director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and INTERPOL of the National Police of Colombia, Fabio Hernán López Cruz, that body has not had contact with the Dominican authorities.

“So far we have not had these correlations, but I think they already have knowledge; possibly there have been telephone contacts,” said the officer.

With pleasure, he added, “we are available to make you talk with the authorities also of the Dominican Republic, as we are doing with international cooperation with Marshall of the United States.”

What the Colombian and Dominican authorities have said is that they participated together in the requirement for the arrest of the man designated by the United States as the “king of cocaine.”

The Peralta capture operation was led by the Marshall agents of the United States, who were stationed in Colombia. Since that time the US authorities have been conducting interrogations of “The Abuser.”

He is currently being held at the La Picota New Penitentiary Central Penitentiary Complex, located on Avenida Calle 51 Sur, Bogotá, Colombia. In this jail, there are more than three thousand people.

Fabio Hernán López Cruz revealed this information through an interview with journalist Carol Fior Daliza Pérez, through a live broadcast on the social network Facebook.

Similarly, the director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and INTERPOL of the National Police of Colombia indicated that Peralta’s extradition request is pending.

Collaboration between Colombia and the US

López Cruz points out that both the United States and Colombia are collaborating, together, in the exchange of information and research, but so far no formal request for extradition has been made by the United States.

And he added that the process may take a few days, so there is no exact date when the transfer will take place.

“The United States makes the request to Colombia to respond, and may possibly last five days, ten days, according to the procedure that the United States conducts with Colombia,” he said.

López Cruz said that the Colombian authorities have opened an investigation concerning the attack that Peralta was subjected to in November, in Barranquilla, when he was being transported in a Ford Explorer, and two people who attempted to attack him were injured. One of them moved to a health center, where he was captured.

In addition to this investigation, the Colombian authorities inquire about Peralta’s actions in the world of drug trafficking in that country.

César El Abusador has been linked to a network of sexual exploitation based in Colombia, so, according to the authorities of that country to LISTÍN DIARIO, they could accuse him of this crime.

With the family

The director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and INTERPOL of the National Police of Colombia reported that “El Abusador” talked with his family and his lawyer in the Dominican Republic. “We have no one with whom he spoke, but he is entitled to his call; He contacted his family and his trusted lawyer for the rigorous procedure that is prosecuted when a person is captured,” López said.





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Cloudy skies and scattered showers for this Saturday in various regions of the country

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SANTO DOMINGO.- Cloudy skies and scattered rains will continue to occur this Saturday, caused by a remnant of a frontal system that will affect the North, Northeast, Central mountain range, border area, and Great Santo Domingo regions, according to the forecast of the National Meteorological Office (ONAMET).

In the same forecast, it is indicated that by Sunday the effects of the east/northeast wind together with the humidity that a weak trough brings to the northeast of the country, will cause some scattered rains in the afternoon towards the northeast, southeast, and Central mountain regions. In other provinces, there will be little rainfall.

The temperatures will feel pleasant especially, during the night, early morning and until the first hours of the morning, due to the east/northeast wind and the time of the year, being more pleasant in the mountainous areas and valleys. It’ll be slightly cooler in urban areas.

The National District will be partly cloudy this Saturday, with scattered showers. Santo Domingo North will experience occasional clouds and scattered showers.

Santo Domingo West will be cloudy with scattered showers. Santo Domingo East will also see partly cloudy with scattered showers.

While the temperatures in Greater Santo Domingo will reach a maximum between 29ºC and 31ºC (84-88°F) and minimum between 18ºC and 20ºC (64-68°F).





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Users criticize Cardi B on social networks after she compares DR with Nigeria

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SANTO DOMINGO.- The singer Cardi B, through a live broadcast on her social networks, showed her followers part of her visit to Nigeria and compared that nation to the Dominican Republic, a comment that many users did not like.

“We are in Nigeria, yes, I won’t lie, this looks like the Dominican Republic,” said the “Bodak Yellow” interpreter in the video.

“I hope Nigeria looks like DR; Cardi B increasingly crazy,” said one user through Facebook.

“Right now that comes out in the US news and ends up killing the tourism we have left. Thank you very much for the favor! How smart you are,” said another user.

On the other hand, a user indicated in the aforementioned social network that “she is referring to the infrastructure, and yes, it seems very similar.”

“Cardi B is being attacked because she compared Nigeria with the Dominican Republic. If you see the video of where she is going, one would easily think she is on Las Américas Avenue on her way to the airport in the DR,” added another user on Twitter.





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