SLP leader speaks on Ubaldus Raymond controversy

Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader, Philip J. Pierre, has spoken publicly for the first time about the controversy involving Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond.

“Each man must deal with his conscience,” Pierre told reporters today.

According to the SLP leader, every man must use his conscience as his guide.

Asked about how the controversy could likely affect Saint Lucia, Pierre said he would prefer not to make any comment, asserting instead that each person in his or her ‘quietest’ moments must deal with the truth and his or her conscience.

“This is all I have to say – the truth must prevail and everyone, including Doctor Raymond, must deal with his conscience,” the former government minister said.

Pressed on the matter of whether Raymond should resign, Pierre repeated what he had said about the conscience, adding that someone cannot run away from their conscience.

“He has to deal with his conscience,” the SLP leader declared.

On the matter of whether he was satisfied with what Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said on the matter so far, Pierre said:

“The Prime Minister has a way of trying to read minds. I can’t read what is in the Prime Minister’s mind. I can’t  read what is in Doctor Raymond’s mind but all of them – you see, we have to build a country that’s based on truth and each one, including those in the highest offices of the land or those who want to get to the highest offices, must learn to practice truth.”

Doctor Ubaldus Raymond is at the centre of a social media firestorm where nude photos purporting to be of him, along with extracts of an alleged conversation between the minister and an eighteen year old female student, have been leaked.

The teenager was charged with attempting to blackmail the minister and was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 dollars when she appeared in court.

She is alleged to have threatened the minister to expose him unless she was paid.