Opposition deputy: A former dissenter sought to buy me off
Deputy for opposition Primero Justicia party Richard Mardo said each of the contributions he received from private companies were used to help the poor. "The time has come to tell corrupt who is corrupt," Mardo claimed, in response to Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello "
Mardo said the accusations made on Tuesday at the National Assembly against his party are "one of the most horrific chapters (...) because the leading character, who led the debate, has never given an explanation to the country." Reference was made to Cabello.
Mardo claimed that former opposition deputy William Ojeda, who is now a government supporter, following instructions of Cabello, tried to buy him off in order to harm opposition leaders Julio Borges and Henrique Capriles.
"They could not buy me; they could not break my legs. I stood firm because I have a clear conscience," he said.
He said all the contributions they received from private companies were used to help the poor.
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.