Short column today, I am late already, but garden duties interfered with writing this morning. I was battling pispis with soapy water and ants with boric acid, wishing for a bit more rain, while watering the plants. Domestic bliss encapsulated.
Mike de Meza
Following an extensive, totally unnecessary, fake news interview he gave ‘Speed’ this week, which regurgitated his refinery delusions at great length, shot in front of the refinery, a reader commented on 24Ora: Bon dia tur hende, un consejo pabo persona, pa e proximo simannan of lunanan of preferiblemente anjanan no aprece den prensa, no duna comentario riba net nada pasobra despues di bo comportacion bochornoso y a pone Aruba su cara na berguensa. Nada personal.
I love that polite, common-sensical request. Please spare your vocal cords the effort, don’t speak, refrain from airing your fibs, spare yourself the humiliation of having to passive-aggressively defend your self-serving positions, find something useful to do for your people, you kicked that refinery can down the road far enough, give it up, its dead.
What triggered de Meza’s hallucinatory avalanche of words was a reveal by the MinPres that 180 million disappeared somewhere, in preparation for the refinery rehab-job, no doubt a serious allegation.
The new CITGO management headquartered in Houston is openly accusing the old management, for misplacing 180 million. These are the Juan Guiado people, who are blaming the Nicolas Maduro thieves. The downside? If they suspect Aruba is involved in this supernatural disappearance of funds, they might, just might, get pissed off and hold supplying us with fuel, as in jet fuel, and gas for our cars, off. We are dependent on their cooperation, and because there are other oil traders/suppliers in the world, we should have a contingency plan.
Meanwhile also on the island: Luis Marquez VP & GM of CITGO Aruba along with their legal adviser, were shown out the door and shipped back to Venezuela.
With a vacancy at the top CITGO USA then dispatched Joe Crawford to Aruba, he’s been here before as an expat, the former Operations & Maintenance Director. He is now the interim VP & GM of CITGO Aruba.
Have no fear, we have new/old leadership at the helm while the old guard and the new guard are fighting over power in Venezuela.