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Panama: bishop denounces corruption, child labor

June 15, 2011

Panama’s leading prelate has denounced government corruption in the Central American nation.

“There was, there is and there will be corruption as long as accomplices exist, and we are all accomplices if we consider it as something natural, only as something cunning and nothing more,” said Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama City, who also criticized the prevalence of child labor.

Children “have the right to enjoy their childhood, and to grow, you have to give them a possibility,” he said. “It is time for the parents, the state, civil society organizations, to agree to eliminate this social distortion in our country.”


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