28/08/2008 / PARAGUAY
Paraguay's president donates his entire salary to the poor
Posted on Flickr by "Fernando lugo APC"
The socialist wind currently blowing through South America reached Paraguay this year with the election of leftist Chavez-ally Fernando Lugo. On his first day, the ex-bishop announced that he would be renouncing his entire salary and donating it to the poor. Not like other presidents then...Paraguay's head of state doesn't earn a great deal - at US$72,000 [AP] (€49,000) he's lagging well behind French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who doubled his salary to €240,000 when he came into power. He's also far from Singaporean President Lee Hsien Loong, who is possibly the highest paid president in the world, with around €1.5m a year. Only his neighbour in Bolivia, Evo Morales, seems to be worse off, with around €15,000. Either way, Lugo announced the decision to give up his pay at his inauguration on August 15. "I have no need of this money, which belongs to more humble people," he told the audience. The friendly philanthropist makes a change for Paraguay, which has been ruled for the past six decades, largely under military dictatorship, by the right-wing Colorado Party.
"Receive a salary for your work, for me that's the honest way"
Ada Carolina Bogado is a lawyer from the capital, Asuncion. She runs a blog.
I don't like the fact that the president has given up his entire salary. You should be paid for the work that you do - nobody said that the president has to volunteer! Why doesn't he just give up a part of it and give it to a good cause? By renouncing his salary, his expenses are no longer transparent. Anywhere he goes he gets everything for free. He doesn't pay utility or telephone bills. But he does need to buy clothes! He might not have any children or a wife, but he still needs somewhere to live. Would all of those things be free too? I don't really get it - we all have the right to work and receive a salary for it. For me that's the honest way."
"I think this is a very valuable gesture (…) in a place where presidents used to become 'inevitable multimillionaires'"
Jorge Zarate is a journalist in Paraguay.
I think this is a very valuable gesture as we're talking about a country where the treasury has been systematically robbed. However, it needs to go beyond being symbolic. More profound actions are needed to fight against corruption in a place where presidents used to become "inevitable multimillionaires".
According to one published paper, the personal wealth of the heirs of Paraguayan presidents Stroessner, Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, and Raúl Cubas would exceed 1,000 million dollars. That would not be weird in a developed country, but it is something offensive in a country where 50% of the population is poor and there are more than 300,000 peasants without land.
The previous president, Nicanor Duarte Frutos, was a journalist living in a rented house and could hardly make ends meet. Two decades later he owns highly expensive properties and private harbours dealing with Chinese imports and soy exports.
Now, everyone will be watching to see what Lugo and his partners do, so history will not repeat
martes, 19 de agosto de 2008
EL DOMINGO 17 DE AGOSTO FUIMOS AL ZOOLOGICO DE LA CIUDAD DE ASUNCION, JARDIN BOTANICO, CON MI FAMILIA Y UNA PAREJA DE AMIGOS CON SUS CHICOS, CABE DESTACAR LA ORGANIZACION, LA LIMPIEZA DEL LUGAR DESDE LA ENTRADA, LA SEGURIDAD, LA CONCURRENCIA DE LA GENTE, PERO LO QUE EN REALIDAD ME PREOCUPO ES LA SITUACION DE MUCHOS ANIMALES, TIENEN POCO ESPACIO, BASTANTE SUCIO, SIN AGUA, LA ZONA DE LOS ANIMALES MUY DESCUIDADO, ME EXPLICO MEJOR, SE DIVIDE EN DOS PARTES, LA ZONA DE ANIMALES ESTA CERCADA CON UNA ENTRADA APARTE EL CUAL SE ABONA NUEVAMENTE, ESTA ES LA ZONA QUE DEBERIA SER MAS LLAMATIVO PARA LA GENTE, LASTIMOSAMENTE NO ES ASI, ES PREFERIBLE QUEDARSE ALREDEDOR , DISFRUTAR DE LAS CANCHAS DE FUTBOL, EL ESPARCIMIENTO VERDE LLENO DE ARBOLES, LAPACHOS FLORECIDOS, EL MUSEO, PERO EN CONCLUSION ES UNA ACTIVIDAD DIFERENTE, PARA CONCIENTIZARLE DESDE PEQUEÑOS A LOS NIÑOS DE LA IMPORTANCIA DEL CUIDADO DE LA NATURALEZA, YA SEAN ANIMALES O PLANTAS!!! SI PUEDEN VISITEN!!! ES UNA EXPERIENCIA DIFERENTE, BONITA Y FAMILIAR!!!!
miércoles, 13 de agosto de 2008
martes, 12 de agosto de 2008
Pte. Lugo, Mi Osita y Papá Tigre
A pocos días de la ASunción del Nuevo Presidente Electo, con esperanza y fe esperamos que el nuevo gobierno no nos defraude, pero no esperemos todo solamente de el sino cada uno de nosotros colaboremos y pongamos nuestro grano de arenita para poder decir que AMAMOS A NUESTRO QUERIDO PARAGUAY Y QUE TODOS JUNTOS SI PODEMOS!!!!
Hoy, 12 de agosto de 2008, empieza una nueva oportunidad para la conquista de NUESTRA CUARTA COPA LIBERTADORES!!, una nueva página se vuelve a escribir, un nuevo comienzo, despues de estar ausentes 1581 dias, 4 años y mas, en un torneo internacional, y estamos confiados que será con gloria, con triunfo, y sobre todo de parte de todos los olimpistas con entusiasmo, con pasion, con fe!!! APOYEMOS A NUESTRO EQUIPO!!!