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Vote only for
People s National Movement (PNM) senator
Camille Robinson-Regis has appealed to female
supporters not to vote on the basis of gender
but for the person best capable of leading the
Her comments came amid strong speculation
that PNM lady vice-chairman and Women s
League chair, Pennelope Beckles, will be chal-
lenging Dr Keith Rowley for leadership at the
PNM s May 18 internal elections.
Speaking at Rowley s campaign meeting in
Pleasantville on Monday night, Robinson-Regis
asserted: "I am a woman in this party, and I
will not put a woman just to say I put a woman."
Robinson-Regis zeroed in on the leadership
roles and positions held by women since the
inception of the party, in an indirect respond
to Beckles recent remarks at a Women s League
function that the PNM has never had a female
leader but that change is coming.
Saying the PNM s achievements are firmly
tied to achievement of women in T&T, Robin-
son-Regis said the first woman to serve as a
government minister came from the PNM.
"If we do not know or remember our history,
we can easily be derailed into strange thinking,
into thinking by storytellers, fiction-writers
and naysayers," she said.
She said women were appointed because of
the PNM s policy of appointing the best person
for the job.
"PNM policy dictated that we must always
put forward the most capable person, no woman
just to say we put a woman, no woman for
tokenism, but the best person to do the job."
Urging the women to ensure the Women s
League stands firmly on the party s history, she
said: "Ladies of the PNM, Dr Rowley has
brought our party from reflection to renewal,
from renewal to resurgence."
Robinson-Regis, who was a strong supporter
of former prime minister and PNM leader
Patrick Manning, also said the party will not
be told by government ministers Dr Roodal
Moonilal, Dr Suruj Rambachan and Anil Roberts
and Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack
Warner who to vote for.
"If they are telling us who to put as our polit-
ical leader, we have to think again."
This will be the first time in the PNM s 58-
year history that elections will be held under
the one-man-one-vote system. (SW)
People s National Movement (PNM)
leader Dr Keith Rowley has chided con-
stituents of San Fernando East for blanking
activities hosted by the party s executive.
"You are the problem," Rowley said as
he took his campaign for re-election to for-
mer leader Patrick Manning s constituency
at the Pleasantville Community Centre on
Rowley, who is seeking to retain his lead-
ership position in the party s May 18 elec-
tions, made the comment as he sought to
dispel fears within the constituency of vic-
timisation because they support Manning.
"I would have been very surprised if the
people of San Fernando East did not solidly
support Patrick Manning," said Rowley, who
has had strained relations with Manning
since he challenged Manning for PNM lead-
ership in 1996.
Manning was not at the meeting.
Rowley hailed Manning as an icon, saying
that at the appropriate time Manning s serv-
ice to country, party and people will be
He said San Fernando East has been and
remains the frontline PNM constituency.
"For those who might want to entertain
thoughts of San Fernando East not being
treated in any consideration other than that,
let me just express my disappointment to
San Fernando East."
However, the political leader complained
that when the PNM family day came to
Skinner Park: "San Fernando East, our
frontline, number one constituency, did not
take an active part in that and I was very
He noted that in 2010, the constituency
also took an official position not to take
part in the national executive elections. He
also recalled that at the opening of the south
regional office, a representative from the
constituency was supposed to speak, but
the representative blanked the event.
"So who come here to talk about who
victimising who and who spiting who? You
are the problem."
However, Rowley said he was happy that
the constituency leadership was encouraging
constituents to participate in the forthcoming
Petrotrin PR on spill
Touching on the major oil spill in the
south-western peninsula, Rowley described
it as the worst disaster since Hurricane
Rowley, who has received Petrotrin reports
about the oil spills from the Oilfields Work-
ers Trade Union, said by 8 am on December
17, Petrotrin had a document confirming
that 7,453 barrels of oil were in the Gulf of
Accusing Petrotrin of a cover-up, he
said: "Petrotrin is paying millions of dollars
for public relations in the papers to tell you
about an oil leak when the worst national
disaster since Hurricane Flora took place in
the south-western peninsula."
He noted that while seeking to do PR,
Petrotrin did not challenge the $20 million
fine imposed on it by the Environmental
Management Authority for four violations
stemming from the oil spill.
"It is the same foolishness that happened
with Calder Hart and Udecott when I had
to take a position with respect to Tarouba
Stadium and other things because of a sim-
ple matter, when a Cabinet ought not to
encourage a state enterprise to damage the
interests of T&T," Rowley said.
However, he said at least Udecott did not
poison anybody or threaten to burn down
half of La Brea and nobody was begging for
He also criticised Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar for not meeting with
OWTU president general Ancel Roget, who
wanted to also give her a copy of the doc-
Rowley buffs Sando East
...for not supporting more PNM events
People's National Movement leader Dr Keith Rowley, second from left, and former senator
Fitzgerald Hinds, right, greet supporters during a meeting at the Pleasantville Community
Centre on Monday night. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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