Opposition deputy: A former dissenter tried 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.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.