I wanted to tell you about tourism and poverty, two subjects covered by the EP published last week, but another story erupted.
I recently wrote about the hotel project in Seroe Colorado, a development coveted and approved by both MinTour and MinInfra. We saw them at a press conference sitting side by side, like besties, in honor of building a 3-star for $60 million dollars, they were getting via Three Rivers Real Estate NV, registered at the trust office in San Nicholas.
Then BonDia did a little digging, not complicated, a reporter fed the name Jose Luis Colmenter Guzman into Google, and the search-engine reported him #57 on the list of people closest to Chavez, a player in the cartel, the KING of money laundering, in business with Walid Makled, allegedly a key person among narcotraffickers in Venezuela – he financed a submarine in order to transport drug around central and north America.
And that poster-child for the Los Soles Cartel, in Venezuela, a buddy of the alleged Capo, Diosdado Cabello, was listed at the KVK, our chamber of commerce in Aruba as director for Three Rivers Real Estate NV, since February 7th, 2019.
So, Rainbow Warrior International, and BonDia were the whistle blowers, I wrote about it, but it took a while to reach the Central Bank of Aruba, CBA, and on March 19th, the PRESIDENT of the CBA issued a confidential, hand-delivered warning, to the management of ALL commercial banks and the AIB, Aruba Investment Bank NV to stay away. She asked all banks to ‘apply most caution, if requested to provide services and/or facilitate payments incoming/outgoing, for Three Rivers Real Estate NV.’
You would also be interested to know that in May 2015, there was another inquiry questioning the Kosher-ness of Jose Luis Colmenter Guzman and the Public Ministry of Aruba declared that it did not know the man and that he never met with anyone. His name popped up, at the time, when the identity of the person related to the hotel project in Isla di Oro was questioned. The project did not continue however, the person, belonging to the intimate circle of Chavismo, currently appears as director at Three Rivers Real Estate NV., in bed with not one, but two GOA ministers.
Surprise: Our former-former MinPres, Nelson Orlando Oduber, like a wounded lion, charged to the defense of his son our current MinTour and accused the President of the Central Bank of playing a political. Who will want to invest if you chase investors away, Nel asked?
Papi, you should not divert out attention from the fact that top criminals are AGAIN attempting to play footsie with our top officials. Any project with mafia members related to Diosdado Cabello is a no-no.
Side-note: About a month ago, on my way to the hairdresser, walking past the AIB, I bumped into a friend who works there, and out of the blue and out of contest he reassured me the bank will not support the Seroe Colorado project.
At the time I did not quite understand the remark but today I do, very good, this is criminal business, and we do not want to cast a shadow on our island’s business practices.
Next time Google the name of anyone presenting himself as investor. See what comes up!