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Yes. I am furious about that!
Listen, this thing broke out a cou-
ple days ago and you are still furious
over that...what happened, you have
that much fury to boil and fry?
Clevon, I am very much surprised
that you would take such a flippant
and lighthearted approach to what
I consider a very serious matter.
Absolutely. And I am going to
continue to be furious.
I am furious with this blatant
invasion of my privacy. I am angry
with the media, I am angry with
the media because these so-called
guardians of our democracy, the
Express and the Trinidad Guardian
especially, they should be taking
this matter up. This issue is bigger
than Robin Montano.
Why do you think, Mr Montano,
that the Guardian, or any news-
paper for that matter, should do
their work how you see it?
It is not according to how I see
it, it is about doing what is right.
Tell me something, do you think
that it is right for citizens e-mails
to be hacked?
Right, and if citizens e-mails are
hacked, doesn t the press have a
duty to call on the Government to
stop this nonsense?
Doesn t the press have a duty to
investigate it? Or are you saying the
press doesn t have a duty?
Mr Montano, with all respect
for your feelings on this matter,
don t you also think that the press
would have their own timetable
on how and when they pursue cer-
In other words, their own agen-
No, Mr Montano, I said their
Timetable? No, what you really
mean by that, Mr Raphael, is they
have their own agenda, and I do
believe they have their own agen-
Mr Montano, for the third time,
I am saying timetable, not agen-
da.You can call it what you like (leans
back on his chair with hands folded
on his stomach).
You know and I know the media
have their own agenda!
I keep hearing this media agenda
accusation over the years. What
is the media agenda, Mr Montano?
Well, you tell me...
Next year would make it 50
years I am in the media, and as far
as I am concerned, isn t it to
inform, educate and entertain?
OK, to educate, inform and enter-
tain, all right, fine. So while the
media educates and informs,
doesn t the media also have a right
to expose wrongs in the society, or
Which the media have been
doing over the years...
Well, under "information," don t
you think if a government---forget
about this Government for now---
if a government is illegally tapping
phones of citizens...
This Government is tapping
(A matter-of-fact tone) Yes. I
have as much evidence as I had
before it was exposed in Parliament
when my phone was being tapped
Why would they want to tap
your phone, Mr Montano?
(Animatedly) Good question!
(Raised voice) Ask them, don t ask
me! Why do they want to hack me?
I have never in my life (back to
normal voice tone) been engaged
in any form of criminality or any
form of subversion and I will never
be engaged in any of that.
Were you at any time enam-
oured of the PP administration?
(Head bent with an impatient
countenance.) You want to me to
give short answers, and sometimes
it is very difficult to do that. The
questions can be short, but the
answers are sometimes necessarily
long. But let me try and make it
short for you.
Off the top of my head, I began
having difficulties with this admin-
istration almost from the start of
their tenure. It was the Reshmi
thing, then followed by other big
and little things.
Mr Montano, a birdie whispered
to me that you are concerned
about a cabal within the ranks of
(Curious expression.) Am I con-
cerned about a cabal in the ILP?
Never. Never. And to the best of
my knowledge there is no cabal in
In the PP?
All the evidence seems to suggest
What kind of evidence?
Well, the fact that there is this
group of ministers around the Prime
Minister who clearly seem to be
influencing her in all kinds of ways.
Isn t it correct, Mr Montano,
that most if not all leaders sur-
round themselves with an inner
You can look at it in two ways,
and the answer to that is yes, there
is always an inner Cabinet and there
always has been, in just about every
country, an inner Cabinet.
However, there is a difference
between an inner Cabinet as advis-
ers who are being seen to have the
best interest of the country at heart,
and an inner Cabinet of advisers
and ministers who are seen to be
operating in their own personal
Of cabals and inner Cabinets
Political leader of the
People s National Move-
ment (PNM) Dr Keith
Rowley wants to know
why the Fraud Squad
and the police have
refused to arrest wrong
doers at cash-strapped
at a public meeting in
Tunapuna on Friday,
Rowley said, he won-
dered whether the police
and the Government
were reluctant to go after
those involved in corrup-
tion at National Quarries
because the name of a
friend of Prime Minister
had called been in the
On Friday, chairman
of the company Mitra
the CEO Sandra Fernan-
dez over qualifications
which had been ques-
Rowley called on the
Prime Minister to launch
a probe into National
Quarries with regards to
siphoning of taxpayers
"The Prime Minister
and the Attorney General
are silent as if nothing
ain t happen. Tonight, I
call on the Fraud Squad,
police and Commissioner
of Police. Why they are
not doing their job at
National Quarries where
public monies have been
stolen in very large
amount by known per-
It was mind boggling,
Rowley said, that all rel-
evant and detailed infor-
mation was provided to
the police, but they
refused to lift a finger.
"You know why? the
Government is saying to
you, this is what you
must take because we are
not interested in decency,
honesty or accountability,
so if we are happy with
it, you must take that."
He said if government
appointees are found
breaking the law, the
Government shows no
"But of course, they
had an interest in pros-
ecuting people who they
perceived to have broken
the law under the PNM
and they put aside mil-
lions for Ramlogan to go
Rowley said Ramlogan
was allocated $300 mil-
lions, most of which was
spent on going after
"They went after
Patrick Manning, Mal-
colm Jones, Dr Brian
Fitzwilliams and anybody
who served in the PNM.
They came back with
nobody. You know
Anand Ramlogan and
after they spend hun-
dreds of million of dollars
chasing down people
who they perceived to be
corrupt, have shown no
interest in Jack Warner
to answer for taxpayers
Rowley said he was
looking forward to meet-
ing the prime minister
on Tuesday for the lead-
ers debate in the count-
down to the local gov-
"I too am keen to hear
what she has to say. I am
looking forward to asking
the Prime Minister to tell
this country how a Cab-
inet that has changed its
form four times in 36
months...how has that
managed to contribute to
the management of their
Rowley addresses concern at meeting:
Wrong doers at National
Quarries not arrested
A PNM supporter holds up a poster of candidate for
Wallerfield /La Horquetta Kwasi Robinson during the
party's meeting in Tunapuna on Friday night.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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