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'I am truly disappointed'- Hon Penn reacts to resignation of Hon Maduro-Caines

- said Hon Maduro-Caines resigned from NDP via WhatsApp less than 30 mins before official statement
Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) who also serves as interim Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), has now broken his silence regarding the resignation of Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) from the National Democratic Party. Photo: VINO/File/Facebook
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines' announcement to leave the NDP was made yesterday, January 20, 2020, at a 3 pm during a Press conference with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the Village Cay Hotel and Marina Conference Room. Photo: Facebook/File
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines' announcement to leave the NDP was made yesterday, January 20, 2020, at a 3 pm during a Press conference with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the Village Cay Hotel and Marina Conference Room. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), who also serves as interim Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), has expressed disappointment over the resignation of Opposition Member, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) from the NDP.

'I am truly disappointed, that her decision was made without consultation with me or the Party, and moreover, that she has opted to join the Virgin Islands Party – both of which are at odds with the Alvera that I have come to know, as a professional colleague and close friend, over the past several years," Hon Penn said in a statement released this morning, January 21, 2020, via the NDP Facebook page. 

Resignation made via WhatsApp 

Hon Penn continued, "At 2:36 p.m. on 20th January 2020, I received a letter from Honourable Maduro-Caines, forwarded via WhatsApp messenger, in my capacity as Interim Chairman of the National Democratic Party, advising me of her decision to resign. I was equally notified of her decision in my capacity as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition." 

Hon Maduro-Caines' announcement to leave the NDP  was made yesterday, January 20, 2020, at a 3 pm during a Press conference with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the Village Cay Hotel and Marina Conference Room.

This means the resignation was made public without consultation and less than 30mins after notifying the NDP, a move that has caught the party and its leaders off guard.

According to the Opposition Leader, 'Hon Maduro-Caines’ resignation is regrettable as she has always been a strong representation of the NDP’s core philosophy and values, where people and family are at the heart of who we are." 

'Our outlook & prayers... no longer align' - Hon Penn 

He said he noted that her decision was made after 'prayers and full consideration for the best interest,' of the territory, however, disputed whether those prayers may have the best interest of the people at heart. 

"I now recognise that our present views of what is in the best interest of the people, vastly differ, as our outlook and prayers for a bright future of these Virgin Islands no longer align," he said. 

Hon Maduro-Caines, as part of her resignation statement, said she was not made any promises of offers to join the VIP and called for the abolishment of strict adherence along political party lines in the Virgin Islands.  

'I wish her well' - Hon Penn

"Ladies and GentlemenFamilytoday marks a further turning point, in the evolution of the National Democratic Party. While this move by Honourable Maduro-Caines was unexpected, I remain confident, that our hope, conviction and resolve, will guide us beyond this, and on to a stronger National Democratic Party and Better Virgin Islands," Hon Penn said as part of his statements. 

In wishing her well, he also took the opportunity on behalf of the NDP to thank the third-term legislator for her years of service to the political party and the Territory.

With Hon Maduro-Caines now crossing the floor to sit with the Government, the NDP now possess just two members in the VI House of Assembly (HoA), this includes Opposition Leder Hon Penn and Fourth District Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).

45 Responses to “'I am truly disappointed'- Hon Penn reacts to resignation of Hon Maduro-Caines”

  • Wow (21/01/2020, 07:32) Like (65) Dislike (25) Reply
    Over Whatsapp? Come on Alvera, you could have at least shown a little more decency and decorum in the way you handled your resignation.
    • perfect (21/01/2020, 10:14) Like (32) Dislike (39) Reply
      Why would anyone treat the National Democratic Party with decency? Leave the lady alone. It’s the best thing she did.
  • Thinking Out Loud (21/01/2020, 07:34) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    The Hon Penn said: 'Hon Maduro-Caines’ resignation is regrettable as she has always been a strong representation of the NDP’s core philosophy and values, where people and family are at the heart of who we are." i am thinking out loud...which people? which family? must be a select people. must be a select family as I don't recall much being done for the benefit (for the detriment yes but benefit no) of the common people and the common family. and you're right. and in terms of the comment about prayers, y'all don't want to go there.

    • lmao (21/01/2020, 10:35) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply

      'Hon Maduro-Caines’ resignation is regrettable as she has always been a strong representation of the NDP’s core philosophy and values, where people and family are at the heart of who we are." LOL, what about the man who nearly start a family St Lucia?!

  • Really Now? (21/01/2020, 07:36) Like (40) Dislike (10) Reply
    I too would be disappointed, she really abandoned them NDP's with a text message?
    • Meli (21/01/2020, 08:31) Like (19) Dislike (15) Reply
      No she didn't. Marlon said a he received A LETTER via WhatsApp.
    • @really now? (21/01/2020, 10:10) Like (11) Dislike (27) Reply
      Yes she did! That’s all they deserve. All them ndp lies and corruption coming to roost.
  • Well (21/01/2020, 07:47) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    She had to do what she felt led to do but it is understandable that he would feel disappointed.
    • 1 (21/01/2020, 16:44) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      She did the right thing. Run from under them lady run as fast as you can from funny man, TT man and Smurf
  • Love for My Country (21/01/2020, 08:09) Like (41) Dislike (10) Reply
    Hon ALvera Maduro-Caines made a brave move by joining VIP. It is her right to do whatever she wants but certainly, she should at least have had the decency to inform her former party of her unhappiness and her desire to leave the party before making her move. When persons behaves this way, there will always be an issue of trust on whatever side they go, for it can happen on that side too.

    • Concerned (21/01/2020, 10:55) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      I believe I follow what you are saying but she has a constitutional right to resign and she is not obligated to have discussions with the party before she made her decision. When someone wants to leave their job, they do not go to have discussions, they submit a letter of resignation and if the job specifies how far in advance of the actual date the letter should be sent to them then the person should do so within that time. We have had some very senior persons resign recently with no discussions, they just gave in their letter of resignation. At least this resignation is real and would not need any court case! Furthermore, the coalition opposition is a mess and each one of them are fighting to see what faults they can find with the government instead of coming on board to support the people of the Virgin Islands!! There is another one who wants to switch but he probably needs to stay where he is because he will be asking to be deputy premier ….
      • asking for a friend (21/01/2020, 16:54) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
        Did Dr. Smith and Mark consult Marlon when he took the money illegally to fix the East End sewage
      • @Concerned (21/01/2020, 17:39) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
        Did those senior persons send their resignation via WhatsApp? Tacky Tacky Tacky
  • The TRUTH (21/01/2020, 08:30) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    Yall got ghosted like a thot LOL
  • the rock (21/01/2020, 08:38) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    Im very disappointed she did it that way, wish her well though, next!
    • rattie (21/01/2020, 16:46) Like (12) Dislike (9) Reply
      Marlon boss go from here with your co co Ja, Alvera didn’t had to consult you Marlon you are not the chairman of the party. When Shania, Mitch and Ronnie resigned from NDP did they consult NDP? Hell NO they did not, so leave the lady alone.
  • lol (21/01/2020, 08:39) Like (20) Dislike (13) Reply
    I believe she had miss that food catering money
  • vip (21/01/2020, 08:51) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    I fully heartedly support that she should have either called to face to face. These steps and move aren’t easy to make. Lots of people in job relationship even love relationship where they too want out but how to get out or do it?! This to shall pass. Let’s get to work BVI.
  • confused (21/01/2020, 08:56) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    " ... and called for the abolishment of strict adherence along political party lines in the Virgin Islands."

    For real?? Leaving one party to join another and condemning party line politics in the same sentence? Hmmmm.
    • @confused (21/01/2020, 10:47) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      You could analyze all you want. It is done. A destiny controlled by God. BVI people not stupid.
      • NDP fools. (21/01/2020, 12:12) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        Birth and Archie were very Naive. They should have known the only chance they had was to cross and join VIP... Ronnie was most disappointing. He should have led that cross the floor movements for BVI Betterment...Why did they so afraid of the Docs. Strup.
  • Geronimo (21/01/2020, 10:05) Like (10) Dislike (16) Reply
    Pretty much the way she did show she got no respect for that Penn boy and ndp. Them doesn’t deserve respect that her message. She don’t need to be at your service. Now that a smart and classy lady! I’m disappointed she even bother to WhatsApp them jokers.
  • Zon6 (21/01/2020, 11:12) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    congrats Hon.Alvera its about time you leave that no good Party NDP ....but we in the (6) dont care cause wish ever party you is we going and back you .......let Penn stay there bye him self
  • facts (21/01/2020, 11:45) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
    The NDP stifled her for years. She got very little done in her district. She was not a priority for them but she was loyal. She got no respect from them but she remain loyal. Why stay loyal if you can’t truly represent and get progress for your District.

    Marlon isn’t disappointed. He is actually envious that she did what he couldn’t do. He was treated like her for 8 years to the detriment of his people by his same NDP Government. Those of us with common sense can’t really take Marlon and anything he says seriously. One of these days Marlon will wake up and realise he is not a true politician and he is not truly for the people.
  • lol (21/01/2020, 12:00) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    At least she beat jumping Jack mark ...lol
  • Street reporter (21/01/2020, 12:06) Like (16) Dislike (8) Reply
    Disappointed is a personal feeling... I can say I'm disappointed in You Mr. Penn. Mr. Skelton. Mr. Christian. For ignoring the people call for you all to join VIP and save the Virgin Islands from sinking. But no. U all allow it to sink..... I think she made the right choice. Late but. Right
    • 123 (21/01/2020, 16:59) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Captain the NDP ship is sinking ..if MARLON KNOWS WHAT IS GOOD FOR HIM HE SHOULD ALSO JUMP
  • KC (21/01/2020, 13:01) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
    HONORABLE ANDREW AND THE VIP TEAM IS THE BEST THING FOR THE BVI
  • View (21/01/2020, 13:19) Like (23) Dislike (9) Reply
    Marlon is envious, weak and fake. He didn’t even write his own speech. Something tells me Alvera will have no remorse. This woman not blind. She’s a powerful woman on a mission for the people.
  • Diaspora (21/01/2020, 15:14) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Hon Alvera Maduro-Caine bolting (D-6) from the NDP to VIP was a fait accompli. It is an open secret that she was not fully embraced in the NDP; she made up the numbers. However, if Hon Penn (D-8) account of how she left NDP and moments later sitting with VIP for a photo op is true, then that was unprofessional, though it was her choice. A better and more professional approach would have been meeting with the NDP and notifying it of her intention. Social media improves communication but it often is used a mode of not confronting people face-to-face. For example, a popular excuse is I texted you.

    Nonetheless, there are no Pilates here. It is a time for serious reflections on both sides. Lopsided government in the HOA, parliament…….etc by a party consistently has not served the people well. Both VIP and NDP in the recent past have had 11-2 advantages. However, history will show that they both squandered the opportunities to advance the national interest and build an enduring legacy. Both NDP and VIP needs to take a focus peek in the mirror and believe the reflections. Ms.Maduro-Caines jumping ship may have been to ensure that D-6 and her constituents get a fair share of the limited pie. One may not like the game but if you are going to be in the game, you have to know and play by the rule. Folks, this is all about self-interest. Politicians, people in general are political animals. Political Ian the art of compromise. No doubt, this is a compromise by Alvera. Alvera has a responsibility first to voters in D-6.
  • @Diaspora (21/01/2020, 16:10) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    I haven’t read all this bolony. I stopped where it says unprofessional. Look here. There’s nothing unprofessional in being lead by God and doing the right thing for her constituents. Since when God say warn the devil before you make a move? Strupes.
    • Diaspora (21/01/2020, 17:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @@Diaspora, are you saying it was professional to apprise the Acting Chaiman of NDP Hon M. Penn ((D-8) and an Opposition colleague with a WhatsApp message? Do you not think it would have been better form for Hon Maduro-Caines (D-6)to schedule a meeting with the Hon Penn and other Opposition colleagues to discuss her intentions. It would not have been a permission to leave meeting but a courtesy meeting? She needed no one’s permission to leave the NDP. However, one should never burn bridges behind them,for one never know when they may need to cross back over. Are you now equating members of the Opposition the devil? Though you may disagree with their political philosophy, it is disgraceful to compare them to the devil. Nevertheless, you are entitled to your opinion as we all are.
  • Eagle Eye (21/01/2020, 16:28) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    She don't look happy so guess what. She is not.
  • 1 (21/01/2020, 16:43) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Z6ne good now. thank god she crossed
  • ASKING (21/01/2020, 17:43) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why the Premier look so uneasy in that pic lol
  • Cuz (21/01/2020, 18:45) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    We love you Alvera Maduro Caines. God got you.
  • Islandman (21/01/2020, 20:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Check da scene she in green in thier cartoon that came out week ago wow
  • pink (21/01/2020, 20:30) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Guys! We are in the land of our captivity and we are fighting each other for land that we will leave behind. Get out of religion and get spiritual by building a relationship with Yahweh (God). If you are a product from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, I am talking to you. The world and elites has lied to us for generations. Do you know who you are? You are the tribe of Judah, who was scattered to the four corners of the earth due to disobedience from our ancestors. Read Deuteronomy 28. Check out our channel on YouTube....thoughtscameraaction.
  • purcell (21/01/2020, 22:41) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wish she had crossed years ago the ndp to wicked and bad minded look how they treat Myron
  • Youth (22/01/2020, 09:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mrs. Caines, I wish you all the best in your future endeavor.
    Sometimes we pray about the things and certain confirmation appears. This doesn't mean it is a good decision. Please be careful. Sometimes we need to wait on God a bit longer to really confirm things. We have to stay where we are and go through certain trails and make God guide you and deliver you so others can see his work.

    How you handled the resignation was very disappointed for a lady of your status. There are two sides of the coins but something tells me there is more to it than what I am reading.

    All I can say, God, please cover theses beautiful virgin islands.
  • watcher (22/01/2020, 13:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes sister Mafuro come out from among them
  • BDB (22/01/2020, 14:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    She did what was best for her. Yes, the resignation could have been done differently but he got her resignation right. Maybe its the way she was treated. We need to move on. She did what she had to do. Done...


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