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Planning Minister Camille
Robinson-Regis is pulling all of her
money out of State-owned First
Citizens bank today since she
claims there was a breach of con-
fidentiality which resulted in an
Express reporter calling to ask
about a cash transaction she did
at the bank.
"Since this is not the first time
I ve endured a blatant act of mal-
treatment from FCB where I ve
banked since I was 18 years old, I ve
taken the decision to close all my
accounts at FCB, tomorrow (today)
morning," she said yesterday.
Robinson-Regis called a media
briefing at her Planning Ministry,
saying she wanted to speak on a
She said she was contacted via
note by Express Anna Ramdass
who said she had information that
Robinson-Regis deposited $150,000
at First Citizens, Arima, and wanted
to know if Robinson-Regis had done
so.She was also quizzed on being
given a declaration form on the
source of funds to fill out, if First
Citizens "investigative officer" asked
her to explain the source and if the
bank accepted her explanation.
Robinson-Regis said she was also
asked if she is always given such
declaration forms to fill out and if
she had declared the funds to the
Integrity Commission. She was also
informed there were those who had
made allegations of impropriety
Robinson-Regis said she respond-
ed that the correct amount was
$93,000 which was her salary which
was deposited at another bank
between September and January.
She said a clerical error lead to the
salary being deposited at that bank
(which she later named as Republic
Bank) in a savings account.
She explained the $93,000 also
included money her husband had
given her which was needed to pay
his doctors bills---via cheques--- and
for his urgent surgery at St Clair
Medical Centre as well as funds to
pay her mortgage to T&T Mortgage
Finance (TTMF) Co.
Asked about doing a cash trans-
action as a politically exposed per-
son, she said she was not thinking
about being a politically-exposed
person but more so on dealing with
her husband s situation since he
"was suffering." She said he had the
surgery a month ago and was a "lot
On the bank s request she said
she did declare the source of funds,
with evidence from Republic Bank.
"No big mystery, "she added.
On the funds, she said: "I have
been working for a long time, I m
not exactly a pauper but I m not
Deeming the situation a "clear
breach of confidentiality," she said
she could not continue to be a First
Citizensclient. She said citizens
should not undergo that with T&T s
Camille peeved over
bank account leak
Threat to pull her money from First Citizens
Nine babies born at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital yesterday
will join the list of people who wait
every four years to celebrate their
birthday on the actual day of their
This means that in 2020 when the
babies---two girls and seven boys---
are four years old they will celebrate
their first official birthday on the
actual day they were born, February
29.Nurses confirmed that two babies
were born via Caesarian section
while the others were natural deliv-
Six of the mothers who were inter-
viewed had two things in common,
none of them were expecting to have
leap year babies and they all plan to
have a grand celebration every four
years to celebrate their baby s real
Of the nine babies, the two girls
were the first to be born.
At around 2.52 am baby Feyise
Kirton, weighing five pounds, was
born to her mother Ayanna Joseph.
Her proud mummy said baby
Feyise came four days early.
"I was not expecting her today.
Not, at all."
"We ll be celebrating her birthday
every for years. We will have a grand
celebration," she said.
Shelly Backarali, 20, said she was
expecting her daughter Shelina on
her birthday which was February 22.
"She came after time," smiled
Backarali who has not yet decided
if she will celebrate her baby s birth-
day on March 1 or February 28.
Mohammed gave birth to her second
baby Christiano Kendell at 4.57 am.
"No I was not expecting him
today. They induced labour. I came
in on Sunday morning." So when
will she celebrate her baby s birth-
day? Mohammed said: "They say I
can t go backward. I have to go for-
Marabella resident, Sue Jagan, 27,
has not yet named her baby. "He
came six days early." The baby, who
weighed 2.82 kgs, is her third child.
"I say I will celebrate his birthday
in February come down, the whole
of February," she laughed, adding:
"I have a daughter who is February
6."Jamila Johnson s baby was born
at 6.15 am and weighed 2.73 kilo-
grammes. Just like the other s John-
son was not expecting him yesterday.
She did not want her son, Jamarli
Rodriguez, to be born on February
29 "because, he will not get to cel-
ebrate his birthday every year."
Her first son, but second child,
the 28-year-old Ste Madeleine
mother said she would be celebrating
his birthday on March 1. Kerry
Pooranlal, 28, said she and her hus-
band, Basdeo, have not decided on
a name yet.
"The sex of the baby was a sur-
prise. We did not know what we
were having," she said.
Most likely she will also be cel-
ebrating his birthday on March 1.
Basdeo said he was very excited
about the birth of his first baby. "I
guess we will celebrate his birthday
on February 28 and March 1 and
every four years on February 29 we
will have a grand celebration," he
Proud mothers with their babies after giving birth on February 29 at the San
Fernando General Hospital. From left, Jamila Johnson, Kerry Pooranlal, Rosetta
Mohammed, Ayanna Joseph and Shelly Backarali. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
9 leap year babies
at Sando hospital
Contacted with queries on the issue,
including if First Citizens would
investigate Robinson-Regis' claims or
speak with her, ---the bank stated in a
"First Citizens has not had the
opportunity to review the statements
made at today's media conference
hosted by Senator the Honourable
However, we confirm that First
Citizens, like all financial institutions, is
bound by law to treat with customers'
business in a confidential manner. This is
an obligation that we take very seriously.
Our customers trust us to ensure
confidentiality of their business and we
continuously work to maintain that
"In addition, in the conduct of its
business, First Citizens acts in
accordance with all relevant laws
(including those related to Source of
Funds Declarations) and we have policies
and procedures in place that reflect this."
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